Germany hit six past Armenia in World Cup qualifier

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An early first-half brace from Serge Gnabry helped relentless Germany to thrash hapless Armenia 6-0 in front of a home crowd in a World Cup Group J qualifier on Sunday.

The Germans started perfectly on home soil in Stuttgart as Leon Goretzka's defense-splitting chip into the area found Gnabry, who drilled the ball into the roof of the net from a tight angle in the 6th minute.

It was the worst possible start for the visitors as Gnabry was on fire and made it two nine minutes later after tapping home Marco Reus's cutback pass into the box.

Germany dominated possession and gained momentum after Leroy Sane rattled the woodwork with a long-range effort in the 22nd minute.

Armenia was trapped in its own territory while Germany continued on the front foot to make it three with 35 minutes gone when Marco Reus benefitted on Timo Werner's lay-up to slot home from nine meters.

Hansi Flick's men showed no mercy as Werner got his name on the scoreboards as well after finishing off Goretzka's square pass for the 4-0 lead just before halftime.

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer remained out of work in the first half and continued to be so after the restart as the hosts added another goal to its advantage after Jonas Hofmann hammered home a deflected corner kick, seven minutes into the second half.

The Germans were a menace on fast breaks but lacked accuracy as the match progressed as neither Gnabry nor Hofmann was able to extend the lead despite promising chances.

However, the hosts were still not done with the scoring and made it six after youngster Karim Adeyemi traded passes with Florian Wirtz before slotting home his debut goal in the dying second of the match.

With the result, Germany top Group J with 12 points, followed by Armenia (10), Romania (9), North Macedonia (8), Iceland (4) and Liechtenstein (0).

"We played very well. I am satisfied with the performance, but we have another match on Wednesday and we must continue to play like today. We have a lot of quality, but we need to deliver when it counts," Germany head coach Hansi Flick said.

Germany travels to Iceland for the next World Cup qualifier clash whereas Armenia host Liechtenstein. 

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