October 9, 2017 / 4:13 AM / 9 months ago

Soccer: Germany's perfect 10 completed with win over Azerbaijan

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (Reuters) - Germany crushed Azerbaijan 5-1 on Sunday with talented Leon Goretzka scoring twice, to complete a record-equalling World Cup qualifying campaign with ten wins out of ten matches.

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifications - Europe - Germany vs Azerbaijan - Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Germany - October 8, 2017 Germany’s Emre Can celebrates scoring their fifth goal with team mates REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Germany, who had already secured qualification for next year’s finals in Russia, needed an hour to hit their stride despite an early lead through the 22-year-old Goretzka, already a target for several top European clubs.

They made sure of the three points and a maximum 30 in Group C with a strong second half performance, scoring four more goals after a brief Azeri equaliser.

The Germans equalled Spain’s record from the 2008-9 qualifying campaign for the 2010 World Cup with their 10th victory but they could boast an even better goal difference than the Spaniards.

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Ian Chadband

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