Two quick goals gets Germany back on track with win in Georgia
Marco Reus and Thomas Müller grab goals just before half-time in Tbilisi
Thomas Müller drills the ball home through a crowded Georgian box to score Germany’s second goal in the Group D qualifier at Boris Paichadze Stadium on March 29, 2015 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images
Georgia 0 Germany 2
World Cup winners Germany eased past hosts Georgia 2-0 in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Sunday with two goals in five minutes from Marco Reus and Thomas Müller enough to get their Group D campaign back on track in Tbilisi.
Reus scored after 39 minutes and Müller soon doubled their lead as the Germans, who had an erratic start to qualifiers last year and lost in Poland, were never threatened by their weaker opponents as Germany drew level with Poland at the top of the table ahead of the game at the Aviva Stadium.
“A look at the table before the game was enough to see the urgency of the situation,” Germany coach Joachim Löw told reporters. “We played a dynamic game, we then controlled it in the second half but did not have the same drive towards goal.”
Löw said their conversion rate would need to improve after again spurning several good chances and hitting the woodwork twice.
“We again missed some good chances. We had good combinations but failed to score a third or fourth goal.”
Georgia have had a tough start in Group D, recording four defeats and a win in Gibraltar to stay on three points.
It did not take long for Germany, with several World Cup winners back in the squad including captain Bastian Schweinsteiger, to threaten with Reus’s powerful drive palmed on to the crossbar by goalkeeper Giorgi Loria after five minutes.
With Löw reverting to a four-man defence from a three-player experiment against Australia in a friendly on Wednesday, the Germans were in and around their opponents’ box for most of the first half.
Müller fired at goal from a corner only to see the ball fly just wide and Mesut Özil missed another big chance as the visitors had the hosts firmly on the backfoot.
Reus did better in the 39th when Mario Götze charged into the box and was lucky to scramble the ball to the winger, who drilled home for his second goal this week, after also scoring in their 2-2 draw against Australia.
Müller then fired in another on the stroke of half-time to firmly put them in the driving seat.
New Georgia coach Kakhaber Tskhadadze added a forward after the break but it was Reus who came close again, rattling the bar for a second time on the hour with another powerful shot.
“We are not yet fully on track and still have to improve,” said Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. “But there is sufficient time and I am very confident.”