Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Leon Goretzka's Spectacular Goal In World Cup Qualifying

Leon Goretzka's Spectacular Goal In World Cup Qualifying

Germany have qualified for next year's World Cup with a ideal campaign of 10 wins from 10 matches.

Joachim Löw's charges, already assured of a place at next summer's finals in Russian Federation, finished off in Group C by maintaining their 100 per cent record in qualification and ending with an unprecedented goal difference of +39.

The 25-year-old lasted just 36 minutes of Die Mannschaft's World Cup qualifying clash on Sunday night before being replaced by Matthias Ginter.

The Spanish team went on to win the tournament and Germans are hoping history repeats next year in Russian Federation as their side bids for back-to-back World Cup titles.

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The World Cup holders lost Julian Draxler before kick-off as the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder dropped out with flu, after Real Madrid star Toni Kroos had already been ruled out with a rib injury.

Goretzka got the home side off to a great start with a brilliant back-heeled goal inside the left post in the eighth minute.

Azerbaijan bounced back and shocked the hosts with the equalizer out of the blue after Ramil Sheidaev overcame Germany goalkeeper Bernd Leno from sharp angle to make it 1-1 on the scoreboards moments later.

Germany showed more urgency after the interval.

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But Wagner put Germany back in the lead on 54 minutes thanks to Hawk-Eye. Goal-line technology confirmed the ball crossed the line before Ruslan Abisov's headed clearance.

Goretzka's back-heel goal was his first of two goals on the day, as Germany would go on to beat Azerbaijan 5-1.

Northern Ireland knew before their 1-0 defeat to Norway in Oslo that they were assured of a playoff place.

Azerbaijan then forced an equaliser before half-time, only for Germany to emerge for the second-half freshly riled.

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