Germany 8-0 Estonia: Marco Reus scores a brace as Joachim Low’s men run riot in EURO 2020 qualifier
- Germany thrashed Estonia 8-0 in their EURO 2020 Group C qualifying match
- Marco Reus and Serge Gnabry scored two apiece in Mainz on Tuesday
- Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Timo Werner and Leroy Sane also found the net
- Joachim Low’s side remain second in the Group C table behind Norther Ireland
Germany signed off for the summer holidays with an 8-0 rout of Estonia on Tuesday, keeping the side on track for qualification for the 2020 European Championship with its third win from three games.
Marco Reus and Serge Gnabry both scored twice, while Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Timo Werner and Leroy Sane added the other goals.
Reus opened the scoring in the 10th minute before Gnabry, Goretzka and a penalty from Gundogan had Germany four goals up inside the first 26 minutes – for the first time since its 7-1 win over Brazil in the 2014 World Cup semifinals.
Marco Reus celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Estonia
Leroy Sane and Marco Reus celebrate in Germany’s hammering of Estonia at the OPEL Arena
Estonia goalkeeper Sergei Lepmets kept the score down temporarily with saves to deny Sane and then Reus, who added Germany’s fifth goal before the break.
The hosts’ intensity dropped in the second half, but Gnabry grabbed his second in the 62nd minute.
Sane thought he’d made it 7-0 minutes later, but the goal was ruled out for offside, though TV replays suggested the Manchester City winger was on.
Germany players retrieve the ball after scoring a sixth goal in Mainz
Werner, who had come on for Reus, scored in the 79th before Sane finally got his goal in the 88th.
Germany had 26 efforts at goal compared to four from the visitors.
Interim coach Markus Sorg took charge of Germany for the second game as Joachim Low recovers from an injury he sustained in the gym.
Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan scores from the penalty spot on 26 minutes
The result keeps Germany second in Group C, one point behind Northern Ireland, which was held 0-0 in Belarus and has played a game more.
The Netherlands did not play any qualifiers in this series of games due to its participation in UEFA’s inaugural Nations League competition.
The Dutch, who lost the final to Portugal on Sunday, have three points from two qualifying games, ahead of Belarus and bottom-of-the-table Estonia.
Serge Gnabry taps in from close range during the second half of the EURO 2020 qualifier