Norway 0-3 Germany
(Müller 15′, 60′, Kimmich 45′)
Germany’s defense for the title they won in 2014 got off to a flying start when Müller latched onto a loose ball in the box and rolled it through Rune Jarstein in the Norway goal, finally adding to his tally of one international goal since October 2015.
Joshua Kimmich, the highly-rated Bayern Munich fullback, scored his maiden international goal on his seventh appearance for Germany just before halftime, collecting a delightful touch from Müller before rifling into the bottom corner.
Müller claimed his second of the game and put the result beyond doubt on the hour mark, heading in Sami Khedira‘s cross to wrap up a very satisfactory night for Müller and his teammates.
The game also saw Manuel Neuer play his first game as captain since being handed the armband by coach Joachim Löw following the retirement of former skipper Bastian Schweinsteiger. And it was a largely quiet night for the Bayern Munich stopper, whose goal was rarely threatened by a Norway attack that struggled to penetrate a solid German back line.
On what proved to be a perfect night for Löw’s side, their chief Group C rivals Czech Republic were held to a 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland in Prague, giving Germany an early advantage in the standings.
Germany are now unbeaten in 24 World Cup qualifiers. They will face the Czech Republic in Hamburg on October 8.
Norway 0-3 Germany: As it happened
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