September 4, 2017 / 8:45 PM / 10 months ago

Soccer-Germany on brink of World Cup spot after Norway demolition

STUTTGART, Germany, Sept 4 (Reuters) - World champions Germany thrashed Norway 6-0 in their Group C match on Monday, scoring four times in the first half, to edge closer to a place at next year’s World Cup in Russia.

The Germans killed off the game in a whirlwind first half, scoring three times in the opening 21 minutes, and can wrap up qualification away to second-placed Northern Ireland, who beat the Czech Republic 2-0, on Oct. 5.

Four-time world champions Germany need one point from their remaining two fixtures — in Belfast and three days later at home to Azerbaijan — to book their ticket to Russia.

Northern Ireland are five points behind the Germans, who have a maximum 24. The group winners qualify directly for the finals while the eight best second-placed teams in the nine groups go into a playoff round. (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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