Germany breezes past Norway with Muller brace

Thomas Muller was on point for Germany as the World Champions commenced their World Cup qualifying campaign with an easy 3-0 victory over Norway.

The Bayern Munich star scored a brace and supplied an assist to round-off an impressive performance by Die Mannschaft, after a slightly disappointing show in France during Euro 2016.

Led by newly appointed captain Manuel Neuer in a visit to Oslo, the Germans led just after 15 minutes.

But it was the hosts who threatened to begin the scoring. Josh King, catching Mats Hummels off guard, stole the ball from the defender on the touchline but failed to convert his chance.

Mesut Ozil then finds Muller in their opponent’s penalty box. Despite taking a tumble and having defenders quickly closing in on him, he still managed a prod that slips past Norway goalkeeper Rune Jarstein into the back of the net.

With the goal advantage, Germany gradually presses Norway back into their own half. The hosts register little offensive efforts from that point forward, and were limited to wayward attempts from King and his striker partner Alex Tettey.

As half-time approaches, Muller finds Bayern teammate Joshua Kimmich on the right, who hammers it in emphatically for Germany’s second.

Muller then met Sami Kedira’s cross with a placed header to top off an almost routine three points for the team.

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