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Allianz Arena (ATT 68,000) 6th September 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: M Mazic

Germany Germany vs Austria Austria

Germany 3

M Klose (33)
T Kroos (51)
T Muller (88)

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Austria 0

Klose helps Germany home

Historic goal edges Low's men one step closer to Brazil 2014

Last Updated: 06/09/13 10:48pm

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Miroslav Klose wins an aerial battle

Miroslav Klose wins an aerial battle

Miroslav Klose made history in Munich and helped Germany put one foot in Brazil in the process - as they saw off Austria 3-0.

The Lazio striker's 33rd-minute goal was his 68th in German colours and took him level with Gerd Muller as the country's all-time leading scorer.

It was a memorable enough moment in isolation but the goal, added to Toni Kroos' second-half goal, ensured Germany moved on to 19 points in qualifying Group C.

Austria had been five points behind their rivals prior to kick-off but now trail by eight, with second spot in the group - with three games to go - in the hands of Sweden.

Only something catastrophic will deny Germany now and, with Klose as potent now as he was when he scored on his debut against Albania in 2001, the signs are promising.

Germany had found the going somewhat tough before Klose's intervention, having to survive an early chance which fell to Emanuel Pogatetz.

The defender headed over, though, and Germany grew after that, with Klose hitting wide and then Sami Khedira doing the same.

The pressure was gradually increased and Robert Almer had to perform a brilliant double save to keep out first Marco Reus and then then Klose on the rebound with a header.

Klose's magical moment arrived not long after that, taking in - as he has done for so many goals - a pass from Thomas Muller before doing the rest.

The mood in the stadium was naturally euphoric as a result of the frenzied celebrations which followed, but David Alaba nearly killed it with a low strike which Manuel Neuer dealt with.

Kroos would make sure any nerves quickly disappeared after the break, though, as he rattled in a second from 25 yards.

Muller then embarked on a duel with Almer who twice denied him from close range, with Austria's efforts boiling down to a hit from Julian Baumgartlinger.

Muller would not be denied, though, and two minutes from the end he took in a pass from Benedikt Howedes before crowning a memorable night in the German capital.

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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
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

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

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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

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
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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Pos Team P Pts
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

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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