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Ortalyk Tsentralnyi Stadium (ATT 28,000) 22nd March 2013 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: A Kakos

Kazakhstan Kazakhstan vs Germany Germany

Kazakhstan 0

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Germany 3

B Schweinsteiger (20)
M Gotze (22)
T Muller (74)

Germany ease past Kazakhstan

Schweinsteiger, Gotze and Muller on target for Germans

Last Updated: 22/03/13 8:24pm

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Germany: Remain on course in Group C of World Cup qualifying

Germany: Remain on course in Group C of World Cup qualifying

Germany scored two goals in three first-half minutes to put them on course for a 3-0 win in Kazakhstan in World Cup qualifying Group C.

Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Gotze's quickfire goals in the 20th and 22nd minutes unlocked the game for Joachim Low's men before Thomas Muller wrapped up victory for the Germans.

Kazakhstan tried to make a game of it, particularly in the second half, but the third goal knocked the stuffing out of them as they raised the white flag in Astana to remain on one point in the group.

The win takes Germany six points clear of Sweden ahead of another game against Kazakhstan in Nuremberg on Tuesday.

It was hardly the walk in the park that Germany had hoped for on the artificial pitch in Astana.

Low's charges appeared to be in perfect control of the game early on, but the final ball was lacking and, apart from a speculative shot from Julian Draxler, who left the field shortly after a clash of heads to be replaced by Lukas Podolski, the Kazakhstan goal was rarely threatened.

Germany finally made the breakthrough in the 21st minute when Schweinsteiger juggled the ball onto his right foot inside the penalty area and his snapshot, which appeared to take a decisive deflection off Muller, flew inside the far post.

Just a minute later, confusion between the Kazakhstan goalkeeper and a defender saw the ball spill out to Gotze, who chipped it in from 10 yards.

Germany failed to build on their two-goal advantage, though, and an enthusiastic crowd did what they could to lift their side's spirits.

It seemed to work with substitute Ulan Konysbaev rattling the crossbar with a fine 20-yard effort in the 69th minute.

Two minutes later, Heinrich Schmidtgal, who plies his trade in the Bundesliga for Greuther Furth, tested Manuel Neuer, who responded with an excellent one-handed save to protect the near side of is goal.

Muller then ended the home team's hopes with Germany's third in the 74th minute.

Another defensive mix-up led to Gotze playing in Mesut Ozil, who teed up Muller to stroke the ball in from eight yards.

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Pos Team P Pts
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4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
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Pos Team P Pts
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2 Denmark 10 16
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4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
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Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

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3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

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2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

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1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

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3 Finland 8 9
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