Germany 2-1 Czech Republic

Joachim Low's Germany squad trained in Prague on Thursday ahead of Czech Republic clash

Defender Mats Hummels scored with an 88th-minute header to give Germany a 2-1 win away to a battling Czech Republic side and maintain their flawless record after seven games in World Cup qualifying on Friday.

Hertha Berlin midfielder Vladimir Darida fired a 25-meter shot into the top right corner in the 78th minute to give the hosts hope before center half Hummels headed in the victor two minutes from time. "We had a lot of problems, the biggest one was giving away the ball too easily", fumed match-winner Hummels.

The team Germany clashes with the team Czech Republic today in the World Cup Qualifier UEFA.

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. However, Germany's head coach was far from impressed with what he saw in Prague.

"We're happy with the result", Loew told reporters through a translator after the game.

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Despite a valiant display, the Czechs are a further seven points behind in third and nearly out of the running for a second-place finish.

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"Czech Republic defended well, but we also made things very hard for ourselves". With just four minutes gone, the Germans grabbed the lead after pressing the Czech defence around their own box. Lars Stindl went close with a chance in the first half, but the hosts threatened the Germans with a plucky display. Tomas Soucek tested Ter Stegen, while Germany's forwards, led by Arsenal's attacking midfielder Ozil, struggled to put together telling attacks.

However, Germany secured the win in the 88th minute as Mats Hummels headed home Toni Kroos' corner to seal the points.

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