Germany continued their impressive record against Norway with a 3-0 win in Sunday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier in Ullevaal.
Also on Sunday night, Nigerian-born Alfred Effiong scored Malta’s only goal as they went down 5-1 at home to Scotland in their World Cup qualifier.
A brace from Thomas Mueller and another strike from Joshua Kimmich ensured Joachim Loew’s side topped Group E with a superior goal difference with Azerbaijan defeating San Marino by a lone goal and Czech Republic and Northern Ireland playing out a goalless draw in Prague.
Germany who warmed up for Sunday’s clash with a 2-0 friendly win against Finland, started brightly and were in front after in the 16th minute with Thomas Mueller scoring the opener for the Die Mannschaft.
The lead was doubled by Kimmich on the stroke of half time after he was played on by Mueller. It was his first strike for the senior national team for the 21 year old.
Mueller made it 3-0 on the hour mark with a thumping header to hand Germany their 15th win in 22 meetings, while losing just twice to the hosts who also lost at home to Belarus last Wednesday.
Norway, meanwhile, failed to register a single shot on target and will be dreading the return fixture in exactly a year’s time.
Josh King caught Mats Hummels off guard in the early stages, robbing the Bayern defender of possession on the touchline before fluffing his lines in the box.
It was the seventh time he has scored twice in a game for Germany in his career.
In Prague, Northern Ireland’s quest to qualify for World Cup 2018 began with with a goalless draw away to Czech Republic in Prague.
Michael O’Neill’s men laboured hard to break down the host but were unable to get past a resilient Czech side.
Karel Jarolim’s men will hope to find the form that saw them qualify for the European Championship in their subsequent games on the road to Russia.