Defending champions Germany eased past Norway in their opening Group C World Cup qualifier in Oslo, a brace from Thomas Muller helping them to a comfortable 3-0 victory.

The prolific Muller got the ball rolling, the Bayern Munich striker latching onto a loose ball into the box to score his 27th goal for his country. Josh Kimmich then scored his first for Germany, lashing home from Mesut Ozil’s fine cross.

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Norwegian keeper Rune Jarstein actually enjoyed a fine match between the posts but could do nothing to stop Muller from heading home his second from Sami Khedira’s cross.

In a potentially tricky group that also contains Northern Ireland, Germany next face the Czech Republic at home on Saturday October 8.

TALKING POINT

Germany unstoppable in Group C? This was an impressive start indeed and it would be a brave man to back against them topping the table.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Thomas Muller (Germany): Another excellent showing from the Bayern marksman, two excellent finishing proving he’s still one of the best in the business.

PLAYER RATINGS

Norway: Jarstein 7, Nordtveit 6, Hovland 6, Aleesami 7, Svensson 6, Tettey 7, Johansen 6, Berisha 6, Diomande 6, King 6, Henriksen 6. SUBS: Jenssen 6, Sorloth 6, Selnaes 6.

Germany: Neuer 6, Hector 6, Höwedes 6, Hummels 6, Khedira 7, Kroos 6, Özil 7, Draxler 6, Müller 8, Götze 6, Kimmich 7. SUBS: Meyer 6, Brandt 7, Weigl 6.

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KEY MOMENTS

10’ – SAVE JARSTEIN: The Norway keeper parries clear from Howedes from Muller’s cut back. Good reaction save.

15’ – GOAL! Norway 0-1 Germany: Muller latches onto a loose ball in the box and squeezes the ball past Jarstein, who gets a large piece of the ball but not enough to prevent it looping into the corner.

45’ – GOAL! Norway 0-2 Germany: A delightful ball from Arsenal’s Ozil finds Kimmich and he rifles a low shot past Jarstein and into the corner.

60’ – GOAL! Norway 0-3 Germany: Muller completes the job, heading home his second from Khedira’s excellent cross.

83’ – JARSTEIN SAVE: The Norway keeper denies Brandt a first goal for his country with another decent stop.

KEY STATS

Joachim Low equals Helmut Schon’s record of 139 matches in charge of Germany.

Thomas Muller scores his 27th and 28th goals for his country.

Josh Kimmich scores his first goal for Germany

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