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World Cup Round-Up: Wins For Germany And Scotland But Poland Held To Shock Draw

The European qualification campaign for 2018 World Cup began tonight as holders Germany looked to defend their title.

Joachim Low’s side were in action tonight against Norway in Oslo, and did the necessary to come away with three points. Goals from Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich in the first half set the away side well on their way to an opening victory. Muller later added a second to give Germany a 3-0 win.

In the other games of the group, Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland, fresh from a highly successful Euro 2016 campaign, came away from the Czech Republic with a 0-0 draw, while Azerbaijan won 1-0 away at San Marino.

Vladimir Darida of Czech Republic (R) and Stuart Dallas of Northern Ireland vie for the ball during the World Cup 2018 football qualification match between Czech Republic and Northern Ireland in Prague, on September 4, 2015. / AFP / Michal Cizek (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

In Group E, Poland got their qualification campaign underway with a surprise 2-2 draw away to Kazakhstan. The away side surged into a first half 2-0 lead courtesy of goals from new Leicester City signing Bartosz Kapustka and Robert Lewandowski, but two goals from Sergey Khizhnichenko gave the home team a famous draw.

In the other games from this group, Denmark beat Armenia 1-0 and Romania and Montenegro played out a 1-1 draw.

Kazakhstan's defender Yeldos Akhmetov (L) vies for the ball with Poland's forward Robert Lewandowski during the World Cup 2018 football qualification match between Kazakhstan and Poland in Astana on September 4, 2016. / AFP / STANISLAV FILIPPOV (Photo credit should read STANISLAV FILIPPOV/AFP/Getty Images)

In Group F, England needed a late winner from Adam Lallana to come away from Slovakia with a 1-0 win, in what was Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge of the Three Lions.

Rivals Scotland recorded what turned out to be a comprehensive win away to Malta, but they were made to work for it. Going into the break at 1-1 after Alfred Effion cancelled out Robert Snodgrass’s opener, Gordon Strachan’s side ran riot in the second half. Snodgrass completed his hattrick, with further goals from Chris Martin and Steven Fletcher in a 5-1 win coming against a Maltese side reduced to nine men towards the end of the game.

Lithuania played out a 2-2 draw at home to Slovenia in tonight’s other Group F fixture.

England's midfielder Raheem Sterling and Slovakia's defender Martin Skrtel (R) vie for the ball during the World Cup 2018 football qualification match between Slovakia and England in Trnava on September 4, 2016. / AFP / JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

The remaining opening European World Cup qualifiers will be played out on Monday and Tuesday night.

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