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80'
J. Brandt
J. Draxler
76'
İ. Gündoğan
T. Kroos
76'
V. Kadlec
M. Vydra
69'
J. Skalák
M. Petržela
68'
B. Höwedes
J. Hector
65'
T. Müller
Goal
65'
J. Hector
Assist
63'
L. Droppa
D. Pavelka
54'
D. Pavelka
Yellow Card
49'
T. Kroos
Goal
49'
J. Kimmich
Assist
19'
P. Kadeřábek
Yellow Card
13'
T. Müller
Goal
13'
M. Özil
Assist
3
0
3
2

Stats

Possession
% %
6
7
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 9 1
Total Passes 651 325

Commentary

The Czech Republic may have technically beaten Neuer right at the end of the game, but, overall, it was a very comfortable evening for Germany. The world champions dominated from start to finish and were easily able to leave with all three points thanks to an all-round wonderful display. Muller was in particularly inspired form, whilst, at the other end, Hummels and Boateng remained resolute throughout to frustrate their opponents.
FULL-TIME: GERMANY 3-0 CZECH REPUBLIC
90' + 4' Sivok scores, but it's ruled out for offside! Again, Germany fail to fully deal with the danger from a corner and Sivok slips through the back line before firing a shot into the back of the net off the underside of the crossbar, but the linesman's flag is raised as soon as the ball crosses the line. It should have stood, however, as the defender was a yard or so onside.
90' + 3' Kaderabek goes close! The resulting corner is thumped into the middle of the Germany box and bounces over to Kaderabek, who looks set to beat Neuer from close range but instead sees his headed effort deflected over the top of the crossbar from another corner.
90' + 2' Skalak flies down the right flank on a maruading run before firing a low cross into the penalty area and towards Kadlec, but Boateng is there to throw his body in the way of the pass to stop it from finding the striker in front of goal.
90' + 1' Another great chance for Howedes! Once again, the defender slips past Skalak and latches on to a lovely through-ball before flying towards goal, but his poked shot from close range is deflected away from danger by the outstretched right foot of Vaclik.
90' The fourth official has indicated that there will be three minutes of added time.
89' The Czech Republic move the ball around nicely as they try to find a late consolation goal. Kadlec, who has looked good since coming on to the pitch, breaks down the right wing before spinning and finding Skalak, who then curls a cross over to the far post. It looks set to find the head of Novak, but Muller is just about able to beat the full-back to the ball before winning his side a free-kick.
88' Kadlec darts across the pitch from the left wing and heads towards the Germany penalty area before trying to test Neuer from 25 yards out, but the substitute striker's shot is far too powerful and ends up looping over the top of the crossbar and out for a goal-kick.
86' Vital interception by Horava! Brandt breaks down the right flank on a quick counter-attack before cutting inside and finding Gundogan. The Manchester City midfielder meets the ball well and then tries to thread it into the path of Ozil, but it's cut out by Horava at the vital moment.
84' And now Kimmich goes close! Howedes breaks into the left-hand side of the Czech Republic box before chipping a wonderful cross over to the far post, where it finds Kimmich. The youngster rises high and sends a downwards header towards goal, but Vaclik is just about able to tip the effort away with a smart one-handed diving save.
82' Almost a wonderful Muller goal! Boateng curls a looping cross into the Czech Republic penalty area and over to Muller at the far post, and the forward somehow manages to force Vaclik into making a smart save with an acrobatic overhead kick.
J. Brandt
J. Draxler
Germany
80' Germany have made their final change of the night, with Brandt coming on to replace Draxler.
79' What an opportunity for Howedes! A beautiful chipped pass from Gundogan penetrates the Czech Republic penalty area and finds Howedes in a great position in front of goal, but the defender's poked shot from close range ends up flying just wide of the near post.
78' The Czech Republic seem to have a problem with Skalak, who, despite being on the pitch for less than 10 minutes, already seems to be struggling with an injury. It looks as if his day could be over, and his side have already made all three of their substitutions.
İ. Gündoğan
T. Kroos
Germany
76' Meanwhile, Kroos has made way for Gundogan, who comes on to make his first national team appearance in almost a year.
V. Kadlec
M. Vydra
Czech Republic
76' The Czech Republic have made an attacking alteration, with Kadlec coming on to replace Vydra, who has struggled this evening.
74' Dockal sends a dangerous cross over to the far post from the resulting set-piece, but, despite their being plenty of red shirts camped in front of goal, the visitors fail to carve out a chance on goal and Germany are easily able to deal with the danger.
73' The Czech Republic patiently work the ball around before Novak darts down the left wing and curls a cross towards Vydra inside the Germany penalty area, but Boateng is there to stick out a leg to deflect the pass out for a corner.
71' The pace of the game has slowed down somewhat since Germany went 3-0 up, but the home side are still comfortably managing to hold on to the ball as they continue to frustrate the Czech Republic. The visitors are trying their hardest to push forward but each time they do they're failing to find much joy in front of goal.
J. Skalák
M. Petržela
Czech Republic
69' Meanwhile, Petrzela has made way for Skalak.
B. Höwedes
J. Hector
Germany
68' Germany have made their first substitution of the game, with Hector making way for Howedes.
67' Vydra jogs towards the Germany penalty area before teeing up Novak, who then fires a low cross into the middle of the home side's penalty area, but it's poorly hit by the full-back and is easily dealt with by Kroos before the ball can find a red shirt.
T. Müller
Goal
Germany
65' GOAL! Lovely goal from Muller! Hector flies down the left flank and latches on to a through-ball from Ozil before slotting an excellent cross into the middle of the penalty area. Muller skips in front of Suchy and sticks out a left foot to beat Vaclik with a lovely flicked shot from close range.
J. Hector
Assist
Germany
65' Assist Jonas Hector
64' Lovely strike by Dockal! The forward, who has barely seen any of the ball thus far, breaks into the left-hand side of the Germany penalty area and latches on to a pass from Krejci before unleashing a rocket of a shot that Neuer does wonderfully well to push over the top of the crossbar.
L. Droppa
D. Pavelka
Czech Republic
63' The Czech Republic have made their first substitution of the evening, with Pavelka making way for Droppa.
62' Muller goes close! Hector fires a lovely cross into the heart of the penalty area that rolls straight into the feet of Muller on the edge of the six-yard box, but just as he's about to shoot he's dispossessed by a vital tackle from Pavelka.
61' Germany quickly move the ball around just outside of the Czech Republic penalty area as they continue putting plenty of pressure on the visitors, but there are just too many red shirts camped on the edge of the box and they're just about able to deal with another determined attacking move from the home side.
59' The resulting corner is flung towards the near post, where Khedira is waiting, but the midfielder is beaten to the ball and fails to get a shot away, despite his best efforts.
58' So close from Ozil! Sloppy play by the Czech Republic allows Draxler to break forward on a quick run towards the penalty area. He makes it to the edge of the box before poking a pass over to Ozil, but Sivok dives in front of the Arsenal man's shot to send it looping on to the roof of the net.
56' Khedira is put under pressure Krejci near to the halfway line, but the winger ends up fouling the Germany midfielder and gives away a free-kick. It's sent short and worked over to Kroos on the left flank, but the goalscorer's curling cross is sent too near to Vaclik, who is easily able to cut out the danger.
D. Pavelka
Yellow Card
Czech Republic
54' Pavelka lunges into Kroos and catches the ankle of the midfielder with a poor sliding challenge, resulting in a yellow card for the midfielder that rules him out of the Czech Republic's next qualifier.
53' A half-hearted Czech Republic attacking move breaks down, allowing Germany to hit them on a quick counter. Ozil flies forward on a marauding run before teeing up Gotze, but the forward's run into the penalty area is slightly mistimed and the linesman's flag is raised as soon as he makes contact with the ball.
51' The Czech Republic desperately try to push forward from the restart as they attempt to find a way back into the game, but, as has been the case for most of the evening, they're unable to find much joy and lose out to the home side.
T. Kroos
Goal
Germany
49' GOAL! It's 2-0 to Germany! Kimmich cuts inside from the right wing and picks out Kroos, who, in a little pocket of space on the edge of the penalty area, immediately slots a wonderful first-time shot past the outstretched limbs of Vaclik and into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.
J. Kimmich
Assist
Germany
49' Assist Joshua Kimmich
47' Germany quickly push forward from the restart and carve out a good chance on goal. Draxler darts into the penalty area and sticks out the foot to try and reach a curling cross, but it misses his boot by the narrowest of margins before bouncing into the hands of Vaclik in the middle of the goal.
46' And we're underway once again!
The two teams are making their way back out on to the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break.
They may be only one goal ahead, but Germany absolutely dominated the first half. The home side have enjoyed over 70% of the possession thus far and have been all over the Czech Republic, who have seen little of the ball and have barely troubled the world champions' back line. At the other end of the pitch, Draxler, Ozil, Gotze and, in particular, Muller have all threatened time and time again, with the latter picking up the all-important goal.
HALF-TIME: GERMANY 1-0 CZECH REPUBLIC
45' Muller is brought down midway inside the Czech Republic half of the pitch and the visitors try to push forward on a rare foray forward. They move the ball quickly out to the right flank, where Petrzela is in a pocket of space, but the winger is quickly put under pressure and fails to keep the ball in play before the referee brings an end to the first half.
44' The Czech Republic are unable to fully clear the ball from their own half of the pitch and allow Germany to come back once again. Boateng and Kimmich link up well over on the right-hand side of the penalty area before the latter unleashes a curling cross-cum-shot, but Vaclik is just about able to push it away with a strong right hand.
42' Germany have absolutely dominated the first half, making life incredibly difficult for the Czech Republic. The visitors have seen little of the ball in advanced areas and have almost constantly been on the back foot, where they've been put under plenty of pressure by the home side.
40' Krejci bundles Kimmich over near to the halfway line and Germany are awarded a free-kick. It's sent short and eventually worked over to right-back deep down the wing, but this time his run forward is slightly mistimed and the linesman's flag is raised for offside once again.
38' Draxler and Muller both go close! Gotze flies into the right-hand side of the penalty area on a lovely run and beats Suchy far too easily before teeing up Draxler, but his first-time shot fails to beat the wall of red shirts in front of him. The ball bounces back to Muller, however, and the goalscorer then curls a 20-yard strike a few yards over the top of the crossbar.
36' Muller and Ozil link up well just outside of the Czech Republic box before Draxler is set up over on the left-hand side of the penalty area, but he's unable to pick out Gotze at the far post and instead sees his cross cleared by the head of Sivok.
34' Khedira scores, but it's ruled out for offside! Another lofted pass causes the Czech Republic problems and sails over to the far post, where it's picked up by Kimmich. The right-back takes two quick touches before poking the ball across the face of goal and into the feet of Khedira, but as soon as the midfielder taps the ball into the back of an empty net the linesman's flag is raised for offside.
33' A lofted pass forward is well chased down by Draxler, who darts down the left flank before firing a low cross into the penalty area. Gotze is in a good position in front of goal and looks set to meet the ball, but Sivok is just about able to beat him to it at the vital moment.
31' Gotze almost makes it 2-0! A lovely dinked pass from Muller sets up Gotze in acres of space on the left-hand side of the Czech Republic penalty area, but he's unable to guide his chipped shot towards goal after doing well to lift it over the onrushing Vaclik.
29' Another lofted pass causes the Czech Republic back line problems as it flies over the back four and into the path of Gotze. The forward times his run to perfection but is flagged offside, despite the replay showing that he was being played onside by Sivok.
27' A wonderful cross-field pass from Boateng finds Hector, who then cuts inside before poking the ball back to Kroos. The midfielder then tries to pick out Kimmich, who had made a good run down the right wing, but there's slightly too much power behind the lofted pass and the full-back is unable to stop it going out of play for a throw-in.
25' Wonderful save by Vaclik! Another brilliant lofted pass from Boateng is only half dealt with by the Czech Republic defence and sets up Muller on the edge of the box, but the goalscorer is unable to add to his tally due to a great diving stop from the goalkeeper.
24' Lovely play by Germany! Boateng receives the ball from Neuer and immediately fires a wonderful lofted pass over the top of the Czech Republic defence and into the feet of Gotze. The forward brings the ball down well and spins before teeing up Draxler, but the latter's curling shot ends up bouncing just wide of the far post after beating Vaclik.
22' Great chance for the Czech Republic! The visitors push forward on a determined attacking move before Dockal fires a dangerous cross into the heart of the Germany box, but it misses everyone in front of goal before bouncing through the legs of Vydra.
20' The set-piece is whipped into the Czech Republic penalty area by Ozil but is just about dealt with by the visitors. The home side quickly come back once again, however, before a deep cross from Kimmich is just about cleared at the far post.
P. Kadeřábek
Yellow Card
Czech Republic
19' Draxler cuts inside from the left flank and does well to skip past Kaderabek before being cynically dragged back by the full-back, resulting in a free-kick for Germany and a yellow card for the Czech defender.
17' The Czech Republic patiently push forward down the right wing before doing well to win themselves a free-kick in an advantageous position. A looping cross is flung towards the far post, where it finds Suchy, but the defender is unable to guide his header on goal and sends it well wide of its intended target.
15' A half-hearted Czech Republic attacking move comes to an end, allowing Germany to break away on another quick counter-attack. Gotze flies forward and cuts inside from the left before trying to penetrate the penalty area, but Sivok is there to dispossess him.
T. Müller
Goal
Germany
13' GOAL! Germany have taken an early lead! The home side break away quickly through Gotze, who breaks into the left-hand side of the Czech Republic penalty area before finding Ozil. The Arsenal man then pokes the ball over to Muller, who is in acres of space in front of goal, and he's easily able to slot the ball past Vaclik and into the back of the net.
13' Excellent tackle by Hummels! Vydra skips past his marker and heads towards the edge of the Germany box before looking to shoot, but Hummels is there to dispossess him with a wonderful sliding tackle at the vital moment.
M. Özil
Assist
Germany
13' Assist Mesut Özil
12' Lovely one-touch football just outside of the Czech Republic penalty area almost results in a chance on goal for Muller, but his run into the box is slightly mistimed and is soon as he makes contact with the ball the linesman'd flag is raised for offside.
11' Kroos gets himself into a good position just outside of the Czech Republic box and decides to unleash a thumping effort from 25 yards out, but the strike isn't hit cleanly enough to trouble Vaclik, who is able to watch the effort sail comfortably wide of the goal.
9' Germany move the ball around beautifully in the middle of the pitch before Draxler penetrates the penalty area, but Petrzela gets back well and tracks the run of the attacking midfielder to force him into spinning and playing the ball back to Kroos.
7' Germany come back once again and Hector is quickly fouled by Petrzela on the left-hand edge of the Czech Republic penalty area. Kroos steps up and unleashes a cross-cum-shot from the set-piece, but the wall does its job and doesn't allow it to find anyone in front of goal.
6' Great opportunity for Germany! The visitors lose the ball and Germany immediately hit them on a quick counter-attack. Gotze flies forward on a marauding run before trying to tee up Ozil inside the penalty area, but his pass is unleashed slightly too early and is just about dealt with by Suchy after a nervy few moments.
5' The Czech Republic push forward on their first meaningful attack of the game before Kaderabek swings a dangerous cross into the middle of the penalty area and towards Vydra, but Boateng is there to clear the danger with a strong header away to the left wing.
4' Draxler breaks towards the penalty area before teeing up Hector over on the left flank, and the full-back's looping cross is headed out for a corner by Pavelka. The set-piece finds Khedira in front of goal but the midfielder is unable to send his effort on goal past Kaderabek.
2' Germany quickly embark on a bright start to the game. Kroos picks up the ball in the middle of the pitch and immediately sends a lofted, cross-field pass over to Kimmich, who had made a good run into the penalty area, but the full-back is unable to reach the ball, despite his best efforts.
1' And we're off! The Czech Republic get us underway, attacking from right to left.
The two sides are making their way out on to the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
Meanwhile, Czech Republic boss Karel Jarolim has made five alterations to the side that featured against Northern Ireland last month, with Michal Kadlec, Jiri Skalak, Vladimir Darida, Vaclav Kadlec and Milan Skoda making way for Tomas Sivok, Milan Petrzela, Tomas Horava, Borek Dockal and Matej Vydra, respectively.
Joachim Low has decided to make just one change to the Germany side that started the win against Norway in their last outing, with Jerome Boateng returning to the starting line-up to replace Benedikt Howedes in the centre of defence.
Czech Republic substitutes: Pavlenka, Koubek, Droppa, Gebre Selassi, Brabec, Sykora, Zmrhal, Skalak, Schick, Kadlec.
Czech Republic XI (4-4-2): Vaclik; Kaderabek, Sivok, Suchy, Novak; Petrzela, Horava, Pavelka, Krejci; Dockal, Vydra.
Germany substitutes: Ter Stegen, Leno, Mustafi, Howedes, Weigl, Gundogan, Brandt, Rudy, Meyer, Volland.
Germany XI (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Hector; Kroos, Khedira; Muller, Ozil, Draxler; Gotze.
There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this evening…
Despite sharing a border, Germany and the Czech Republic have only met one another four times in the last 20 years. Both sides boast two victories during that time, with the last meeting, which took place almost exactly nine years ago, finishing in a comfortable 3-0 win for tonight’s visitors in a qualifying game for Euro 2008.
Euro 2016 proved to be a tough competition for the Czech Republic, who finished bottom of a difficult group that also included Spain, Turkey and Croatia. They were only able to pick up one point from an incident-filled game against the latter side, and they were unable to do better in their opening World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland, which ended 0-0 in Prague.
So far, so good for Germany, who managed to bounce back from the disappointment of exiting Euro 2016 at the semi-final stage by comfortably winning in their opening World Cup 2018 qualifier. A 3-0 victory against Norway in Oslo was enough to send them straight to the top of Group C, and they will be looking to consolidate their position with a win against their neighbours tonight.
Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary of today’s World Cup 2018 qualifying game between Germany and the Czech Republic at the Volksparkstadion.
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