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Norway 0-3 Germany: Match Report

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Toni Kroos played well as Germany brushed Norway aside.
Toni Kroos played well as Germany brushed Norway aside.
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Toni Kroos's Germany side eased to a 3-0 victory over Norway in their first World Cup 2018 qualifying match on Sunday.

The Real Madrid midfielder enjoyed a deeper midfield role, looking to start moves from deep and switch the side of attack with a range of accurate passes.

The world champions took the lead through Thomas Müller after just 15 minutes. Former Madrid man Mesut Özil fed the Bayern Munich forward in the box, but saw his initial effort blocked. Muller was able to fire the ricochet past Rune Jarstein, who was unable to palm the effort wide.

Norway rarely troubled the German defence, but nearly equalized soon after Müller's opener when Joshua King broke through into space. Instead of playing in Valon Berisha or Henriksen, the young Bournemouth striker blasted a powerful effort, but it was always rising over Manuel Neuer's goal.

Germany doubled their lead through Joshua Kimmich shortly before halftime. The young versatile Bayern man finished with aplomb from inside the area to notch his first senior Germany goal.

Müller headed his second after attacking a lovely out-swinging cross from another former Real Madrid midfielder, Sami Khedira.