Germany keep record intact with narrow win against Czech Republic

Germany's national football coach Joachim Loew gives a press conference in Stuttgart southwestern Germany

Germany's national football coach Joachim Loew gives a press conference in Stuttgart southwestern Germany

Fellow Germany global of Turkish origin Ilkay Gundogan is a regular call up but was left out of the squad due to lacking match fitness.

But a late victor from Bayern Munich's Mats Hummels re-established the lead with only two minutes to go - and with three games left to play the Germans are five points clear of second-placed Northern Ireland.

Norway beat Azerbaijan 2-0, but both sides are effectively eliminated, sitting nine points behind NI and with much worse goal differences.

Germany sit top of Group C with four games left to play, having won each of their six encounters so far. Josh King drew and converted a penalty on 32 minutes before a second-half Rashad Sadygov own goal sealed the result.

England added gloss to the scorline late on, as Bertrand's long-range shot took a slight deflection and eluded the dive of goalkeeper Andrew Hogg in the 86 minutes.

Germany were always in control in the opening 45 minutes and deservedly went into the break 1-0 up.

Scotland stayed in contention with a 3-0 win away to Lithuania.

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Slovakia's goal came in the 81st minute from Adam Nemec, who failed to score for New York City FC in a 2015 spell in MLS.

The equaliser was worth the wait as Darida hit the top right-hand corner from 25 yards out, rifling an unstoppable effort past Ter Stegen.

The Czech Republic has only suffered one defeat and now has nine points good for third place in Group C. However, that lone loss was a 3-0 defeat against Germany away from home which does indicate that this could be another tough game.

Poland, the world's No. 5-ranked team, lost 4-0 in Denmark and now leads Group E by just three points from Montenegro and the Danes.

Nicolai Jorgensen got Denmark's third goal in the 59th minute while Christian Eriksen rounded off the scoring on 79 minutes.

In the other game on Friday, Romania beat visiting Armenia 1-0.