Gnabry scores debut hat-trick as Germany crush San Marino
Debutant Serge Gnabry scored a hat-trick as Germany recorded a 80 win away to San Marino in Friday night's 2018 World Cup qualification fixture.
The victory means that Germany have now won all four of their Group C matches to top the section on 12 points, while San Marino remain bottom, having lost each of their four matches during this campaign.
It took just seven minutes for the visitors to make the breakthrough Ilkay Gundogan setting up Sami Khedira, who buried the ball into the bottom corner from close range to send Germany on their way during what was a comfortable night.
Two minutes later, it was 2-0 as former Arsenal youngster Gnabry grabbed his first from close range, before Mario Gotze teed up Jonas Hector in the 32nd minute as Germany, who had a whole host of first-half chances, took a three-goal lead into the break.
Gnabry grabbed his second just before the hour after being released by Joshua Kimmich, before Gotze again set up Hector in the 65th minute and the left-back found a route past Aldo Simoncini to make it five.
Gnabry then bagged his hat-trick in the 76th minute to cap a memorable Germany debut as the 21year-old collected a cross from Thomas Muller before firing into the back of the net.
It was to get worse for the home side, however, as an own goal from Mattia Stefanelli made it 7-0 in the 82nd minute, before Kevin Volland netted four minutes later to cap a miserable night for San Marino.
England ease past Scotland at Wembley
England have taken another step towards qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia courtesy of a 3-0 victory over fierce rivals Scotland at Wembley this evening.
Headed goals from Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill made it 10 points from four games to keep England top of Group F in Gareth Southgate's last competitive match in interim charge of the team.
The opening goal arrived early enough as Raheem Sterling's blocked shot bounced into the path of Kyle Walker, who reached the byline before cutting a cross into the middle for Sturridge to glance home for his fourth goal in his last six starts for England at Wembley.
However, their wastefulness was punished less than a minute after Snodgrass's chance as Lallana glanced a well-placed header into the far corner following another quick break forward from the hosts.
The quality in the final third was proving to be the difference between the two sides, and Scotland were once again left empty handed moments after England's second goal when James Morrison sent his shot straight at Joe Hart.
Any hopes of a memorable Wembley comeback against the Auld enemy were ended shortly after the hour mark when England made it a hat-trick of headers on the night, with Cahill darting to the front post and glancing Rooney's corner past Craig Gordon.
Germany’s Sami Khedira, right, celebrates with his teammate Serge Gnabry