Germany edged past the Czech Republic 2-1 win in Prague on Friday as Mats Hummels' late header helped the defending champions inch closer to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
Germany's opening goal through Timo Werner was cancelled out by a 78th minute equaliser from Hertha Berlin's Vladimir Darida, but a late victor from Bayern Munich's Mats Hummels re-established the lead with only two minutes to go.
Germany confirmed lineup: ter Stegen - Hector, Ginter, Hummels, Kroos, Stindl, Özil, Werner, Müller (C), Kimmich, Brandt.
With three games remaining, Germany tops the standings with 21 points, followed by Northern Ireland with 16.
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Germany could qualify for the World Cup on the same day if they beat Norway at home and the Irish fail to beat the Czechs. "That wasn't the football that we can - or want - to play".
Germany has yet to drop a point six matches into qualification and enters as favorites, with a five-point lead on second-place Northern Ireland in Group C. Czech Republic sits nine points behind Germany and needs to steal a point or three to keep pace for a top-three spot in the group.
The Czech Republic has only suffered one defeat and now has nine points good for third place in Group C. However, that lone loss was a 3-0 defeat against Germany away from home which does indicate that this could be another tough game.
Mesut Ozil, ineffective for Arsenal in the Premier League so far, found the speedy RB Leipzig forward near the edge of the box and while Werner's first-touch wasn't the best, he managed to toe the ball past an oncoming Tomas Vaclik.
Taking a touch to set himself, Darida cut across the ball with a stunning long-range effort that left Ter Stegen grasping at thin air as he helplessly dived high to his left.