Current World Cup champions Germany continued the road to their title defense in style. After having easily defeated Norway 3-0 in the first qualifying match for Russia 2018 last month, they did the same to the Czech Republic in the second match of the campaign, on Saturday night in Hamburg.
The home team was dominant throughout the ninety minutes and the outcome of the game was arguably never in doubt.
Thomas Müller gave his country the early lead via a slightly-deflected shot, with just under fifteen minutes on the clock.
The almost robotically flawless passing game, with which Joachim Löw’s men went on to control the encounter was a joy to watch. Along with the short passes of most of the offensive players, the center-back duo of Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng had dangerous long balls to offer.
This variation made the team less predictable and perhaps increased their number of chances in front of goal. Yet amazingly, at halftime it was still only 1-0.
Even given as well as the world champions played in the first-forty-five minutes, their lack of a true striker up front seemed to be problematic yet again, just as it had been for much of the time since Miroslav Klose’s international retirement.
Minutes after the break however, Toni Kroos doubled the German lead with one of his typical strikes from distance.
Their goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer had almost nothing to do in this game, but he made one fantastic save the practically only time he was called upon to do so, around the hour mark.
Soon after that, a nice cross from Jonas Hector found Müller at the other end, 3-0.
Overall, it was a great team performance and a well-deserved win for Germany. The only criticism one can level against them is that with the number of quality chances they had, they could and perhaps should have won 6-0.