Germany qualifies for World Cup


Germany qualified for the World Cup in style when superb early strikes from Sebastian Rudy and Sandro Wagner set it on the way to a 3-1 win in Northern Ireland that maintained its perfect record in Group C.

Northern Ireland has 19 points from nine games and has already made sure of a two-top finish before the match. However, it is still not certain of finishing as one of the eight best runners-up up in the nine European groups.

The group winners qualify directly for Russia along with four winners of the playoffs which involve the eight best runners-up.