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

Match ends, Germany 4, Belarus 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Germany 4, Belarus 0.

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Dmitry Bessmertny.

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.

Substitution

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

Corner, Belarus. Conceded by Robin Koch.

Foul by Gian-Luca Waldschmidt (Germany).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Belarus. Dmitry Bessmertny replaces Pavel Nekhajchik.

Substitution

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

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.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Belarus. Maksim Skavysh replaces Yuri Kovalev.

Foul by Serge Gnabry (Germany).

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

Corner, Belarus. Conceded by Manuel Neuer.

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

Booking

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

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

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

Attempt saved. Pavel Nekhajchik (Belarus) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Vitali Lisakovich with a through ball.

Foul by Robin Koch (Germany).

Yuri Kovalev (Belarus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Nikita Naumov.

Attempt saved. Vitali Lisakovich (Belarus) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ivan Maevski.

Attempt saved. Leon Goretzka (Germany) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthias Ginter with a cross.

Attempt missed. Toni Kroos (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nico Schulz.

Attempt missed. Stanislav Dragun (Belarus) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Igor Stasevich with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Germany. Julian Brandt replaces Timo Werner.

Substitution

Substitution, Belarus. Vitali Lisakovich replaces Denis Laptev.

Offside, Germany. Toni Kroos tries a through ball, but Timo Werner is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Pavel Nekhajchik (Belarus) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Igor Stasevich.

Matthias Ginter (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Igor Stasevich (Belarus).

Toni Kroos (Germany) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Igor Stasevich (Belarus).

Joshua Kimmich (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Denis Laptev (Belarus).

Foul by Nico Schulz (Germany).

Yuri Kovalev (Belarus) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England76013362718
2Czech Rep75021310315
3Kosovo73221312111
4Montenegro8035322-193
5Bulgaria7034517-123

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ukraine76101521319
2Portugal74212061414
3Serbia74121515013
4Luxembourg7115714-74
5Lithuania8017525-201

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany76012461818
2Netherlands75111971216
3Northern Ireland741287113
4Belarus8116416-124
5Estonia7016221-191

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark74302251715
2Switzerland7421135814
3R. of Ireland733164212
4Georgia8224711-48
5Gibraltar7007225-230

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia85211771017
2Hungary740389-112
3Wales732286211
4Slovakia73131111010
5Azerbaijan7016516-111

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain97202652123
2Sweden95312091118
3Romania94231710714
4Norway93511710714
5Faroe Islands9108427-233
6Malta9108225-233

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland97111531222
2Austria96121981119
3Slovenia9423148614
4North Macedonia93241113-211
5Israel93241617-111
6Latvia9009228-260

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France97112361722
2Turkey96211631320
3Iceland95131210216
4Albania94141612413
5Andorra9117318-154
6Moldova9108324-213

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium99003423227
2Russia97022882021
3Scotland94051318-512
4Cyprus93151414010
5Kazakhstan93151214-210
6San Marino9009146-450

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy99002832527
2Finland9603158718
3Greece93241013-311
4Armenia93151316-310
5Bos-Herze93151717010
6Liechtenstein9027228-262
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