Germany, Egypt Join Nigeria To Qualify For 2018 World Cup:

Reigning champions Germany made it 10 wins from 10 in Group C after a 5-1 rout of Azerbaijan Sunday to join Spain as the only nations in history to finish a European World Cup qualifying campaign with a perfect record.


Rising star Leon Goretzka scored either side of half time, alongside goals from Sandro Wagner, Antonio Ruediger and Emre Can to nullify Ramil Sheydaev’s brief equaliser for the visitors.

Germany scored a European qualifying record 43 goals in the process, emulating Spain who achieved perfection in qualifying ahead of their triumph at the 2010 tournament in South Africa.

Robert Lewandowski scored a European qualifying record 16th goal as Poland defeated Montenegro 4-2 on Sunday to also seal a place at the Mundial.

Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski struck again as Poland recovered from throwing away a two-goal lead in Warsaw to secure a first trip to the World Cup finals since 2006.

The Poland captain’s winning goal moved him ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo’s 15-goal tally, although Denmark’s 1-1 draw at home to Romania ultimately rendered the outcome irrelevant.

Harry Kane’s penalty gave England a 1-0 away win at Lithuania to conclude an unbeaten campaign, while Scotland failed to secure a playoff berth after Slovakia hammered Malta 3-0 to finish second.

In Africa, Egypt joined Nigeria as teams to qualify with a game to spare after Mohamed Salah’s 95th minute goal secured a 2-1 victory over Congo 2-1 at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria on Sunday night.

The victory leaves Egypt uncatchable at the top of Group E with 12 points from five matches, with Uganda second on eight points after their goalless draw with Ghana Saturday.

Salah’s late winner secures a first World Cup Finals appearance since 1990 for the seven-time African champions.

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