European Championship Qualifying - Group C
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Germany 4-0 Belarus: Toni Kroos stars as Germany book place at Euro 2020

Toni Kroos
The last time Toni Kroos scored a double for Germany was during their 7-1 win over Brazil in the 2014 World Cup

Toni Kroos scored twice as Germany booked their place at Euro 2020 with a routine victory over Belarus.

Matthias Ginter opened the scoring for the hosts in Monchengladbach before Leon Goretzka doubled their lead.

Real Madrid's Kroos then scored two fine goals to seal a comfortable win.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland's failure to beat the Netherlands means the Dutch have also qualified from Group C, while Northern Ireland must now try to qualify through the play-offs.

Joachim Löw's Germany side dominated from the off at Borussia-Park but the away side, to their credit, defended stubbornly to hold them off until the 41st minute.

But after Ginter broke the deadlock with a clever backheel from Serge Gnabry's cross, Die Mannschaft began to play with a real swagger, knowing their opponents' resilience was broken.

Bayern Munich's Goretzka swept home a Kroos corner early in the second half before the Los Blancos playmaker got on the scoresheet with a sumptuous finish from the edge of the box.

However, after the hosts' third goal went in, Belarus improved and began to open up as they pushed for a goal in their final Euro 2020 qualifier.

And they had a golden opportunity to score with 15 minutes left when Robin Koch felled Pavel Nyakhaychyk, but Manuel Neuer produced a superb save to keep out Ihar Stasevich's penalty.

Kroos then had the final say as he collected a pass in the penalty area, beat a couple of defenders and slotted home to cap his side's victory.

Germany will now play their final qualifier against Northern Ireland in Frankfurt on Tuesday (19:45 GMT) knowing their place in next year's finals is secure.

Line-ups

Germany

  • 1Neuer
  • 13Klostermann
  • 4Ginter
  • 2KochBooked at 75mins
  • 14Schulz
  • 21Gündogan
  • 6Kimmich
  • 8Kroos
  • 18Goretzka
  • 20GnabrySubstituted forWaldschmidtat 84'minutesSubstituted forRudyat 90+1'minutes
  • 9WernerSubstituted forBrandtat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Hector
  • 5Tah
  • 10Brandt
  • 11Amiri
  • 12Leno
  • 15Serdar
  • 16Rudy
  • 17Stark
  • 19Waldschmidt
  • 22ter Stegen

Belarus

  • 1Gutor
  • 21Matveychik
  • 3Martynovich
  • 4Naumov
  • 5Polyakov
  • 7KovalevSubstituted forSkavyshat 78'minutes
  • 18Maevski
  • 2Dragun
  • 23NekhajchikSubstituted forBessmertnyat 84'minutes
  • 22Stasevich
  • 19LaptevSubstituted forLisakovichat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Bessmertny
  • 8Sachivko
  • 9Klimovich
  • 10Pavlovets
  • 11Skavysh
  • 12Chichkan
  • 13Zolotov
  • 14Yablonski
  • 15Kislyak
  • 16Chernik
  • 17Lisakovich
  • 20Veretilo
Referee:
Orel Grinfeld
Attendance:
33,164

Match Stats

Home TeamGermanyAway TeamBelarus
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home31
Away13
Shots on Target
Home10
Away5
Corners
Home11
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Germany 4, Belarus 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Germany 4, Belarus 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Germany. Conceded by Dmitry Bessmertny.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nikita Naumov (Belarus) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Igor Stasevich with a cross following a corner.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Germany. Sebastian Rudy replaces Gian-Luca Waldschmidt because of an injury.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Belarus. Conceded by Robin Koch.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Gian-Luca Waldschmidt (Germany).

  8. Post update

    Aleksandr Gutor (Belarus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Belarus. Dmitry Bessmertny replaces Pavel Nekhajchik.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Germany. Gian-Luca Waldschmidt replaces Serge Gnabry.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Germany 4, Belarus 0. Toni Kroos (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Serge Gnabry (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Belarus. Maksim Skavysh replaces Yuri Kovalev.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Serge Gnabry (Germany).

  15. Post update

    Nikita Naumov (Belarus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Belarus. Conceded by Manuel Neuer.

  17. Post update

    Penalty saved! Igor Stasevich (Belarus) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  18. Booking

    Robin Koch (Germany) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Robin Koch (Germany) after a foul in the penalty area.

  20. Post update

    Penalty Belarus. Pavel Nekhajchik draws a foul in the penalty area.

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