Hummels header helps Germans handle Czechs

The Juventus star missed training on Wednesday morning due to a knee injury

Mats Hummels scored in the 88th minute to keep Germany flawless in their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-1 win at Czech Republic on Friday night.

The Germans took an early lead through Timo Werner, but the Czechs drew level when midfielder Vladimir Darida scored a superb equaliser with 12 minutes left.

A draw seemed to be on the cards before Hummels found the victor with a header following a late set piece, and Germany maintained their 100 percent record through seven games. It will be guaranteed first place with a home win over Norway on Monday and if secondplace Northern Ireland fail to beat the Czechs on the same night.

With three games remaining, Germany tops the standings with 21 points, followed by Northern Ireland with 16.

"We definitely can not be happy with the way we played tonight". Both teams are in the fight for a spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup out of Group C and should have a contested clash for the three points from the game.

Despite a valiant display, Czech Republic are a further seven points behind in third and nearly out of the running for a second-place finish and a possible playoff place.

Not that Germany didn't have chances of their own, however, for Lars Stindl had seemed destined to score after a flowing move only for some last-ditch defending to prevent him from doubling Die Mannschaft's lead.

The Germans had a final sting in the tail, however, when they won a free kick in midfield and Toni Kroos floated a pinpoint ball towards Hummels who sent an unstoppable header into the top corner.

San Marino are bottom after losing all their games.

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