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World Cup Qualifier: Müller brace powers Germany past Czech Republic

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Thomas Müller scored a brace as Germany defeated the Czech Republic 3-0 in a World Cup Qualifying Group C match on Saturday night.

The reigning FIFA World Cup champions picked up their second win in as many games, as goals from Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos secured a comfortable win at the sold out Volksparkstadion in Hamburg.

The visitors staged an offensively minded performance while Germany implemented a wait-and-see strategy before Thomas Muller broke the deadlock 13 minutes into the game after poking home Mario Goetze's square pass at the far post.

Despite Germany's early goal the visitors continued to play offensively, allowing the hosts to create chance on the counter as Mueller and Goetze squandered promising opportunities before the break.

After the restart, Germany remained in control of proceedings on the pitch as Toni Kroos slotted home Joshua Kimmich's square pass from outside of the box to make it 2-0 just four minutes into the second half.

The Germans should have added a third goal but Czech Republic goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik kept out Mesut Ozil's lob with 58 minutes played.

Karel Jarolim's men threatened the hosts for the first time in the 64th minute when Borek Dockal's effort forced Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to make a save.

Nevertheless, the hosts kept the Czech Republic's defense busy as Müller made the game safe with his fourth goal of the campaign in the 65th minute following Jonas Hector's square pass.

Commenting on the match, Germany coach Joachim Loew said: "I am very pleased today. We controlled the match over ninety minutes. It was a good game by my team."

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