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Czech Republic 1 Germany 2

Czech Republic 1 Germany 2

Joachim Low's Germany is focused on preserving its 100 per cent record, amid a fierce fight for places in the World champion's ranks, in a World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic on Friday.

After the interval, the Czechs kept testing ter Stegen and while initially it looked like Germany would hold on, Vladimir Darida's long-range stunner in the 78th minute equalised proceedings.

'As a team we want to stand for good values and a tolerant, open-minded Germany.

Hummels, however, floored the hosts with his goal which left Germany on 21 points at the top of European Group C, five clear of Northern Ireland who won 3-0 in San Marino. "That says everything for the situation", said head coach Low. "We had to have a lot of luck today and if Mat hadn't scored with this great header, then we would have had to live with a draw".

James McArthur added a third goal in the second half as Scotland moved into third place, four points behind Slovakia for the playoff spot. Germany are now unbeaten in their past 30 World Cup qualifiers. Loew started with six of the team which won the Confederations Cup final in July and four World Cup winners - Toni Kroos, Hummels, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Mueller.

"Czech Republic defended well, but we also made things very hard for ourselves". Tomas Soucek tested Ter Stegen, while Germany's forwards, led by Arsenal's attacking midfielder Ozil, struggled to put together telling attacks.

Manager Karel Jarolim has some intriguing players on his squad but the difference in quality to Germany's side is vast, which should make it an extremely challenging game even with the home-field advantage.

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