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05 September, 2017, 18:41 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Germany's national football coach Joachim Loew gives a press conference in Stuttgart southwestern Germany

The 2018 World Cup Qualifier match between the Czech Republic and Germany will be played at the Eden Arena (Prague) and kicks off at 20:45 CEST on Friday 1 September 2017.

The win left Costa Rica second in the standings on 14 points, while the US continue to hold on to the third automatic qualifying place with eight points from seven games.

Timo Werner scored an early opener from Mesut Ozil's pass, but Vladimir Darida equalised with a long-range effort.

Germany manager, Joachim Low is not happy with his side's late 2-1 win over Czech Republic, saying they got lucky. Germany will be guaranteed a first place with a home win over Norway on Monday and if second-place Northern Ireland fails to beat the Czechs on the same night.




"We're happy with the result", Loew told reporters through a translator after the game. The defeat effectively ends the Czechs' slim hopes of qualifying for the World Cup after collecting just nine points from their seven games so far. "The Czech Republic defended well, but we made life hard for ourselves".

And on the stroke of half-time, the host should have levelled when a fine team move saw Darida tee up Theodor Gebre Selassie only for the right-back to slice his effort horribly.

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. The Czechs were clearly the best team in the second half.

Stuart Armstrong rose highest to head home following a corner on 25 minutes, and five minutes later Andy Robertson found the top corner from 20 yards out to double the lead.

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