Sandro Wagner hit a hat-trick as Germany cruised to a 7-0 win over San Marino to retain their five-point lead at the top of Group C in World Cup qualifying.
Northern Ireland’s late win at Azerbaijan earlier in the day had cut the world champions’ advantage briefly, but a rampant result was never in doubt in Nuremberg.
After Julian Draxler netted the first goal, Wagner struck for the first time for his country – and then added another – before Amin Younes followed suit.
Shkodran Mustafi got in on the act, but Germany slowed the pace of the game considerably in the second period, taking their time to grab a sixth through Julian Brandt, another maiden scorer.
Wagner’s third goal arrived five minutes from the end as Joshua Kimmich laid on his third assist.
This young group will now head to the Confederations Cup to face much sterner…
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