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Euro 2016 qualifiers: Gotze stars as Germany go atop

Berlin: Striker Mario Götze scored twice to seal Germany's 3-1 win over Poland on Friday as the hosts avenged last year's away defeat to top their Euro 2016 qualifying group.

Germany's Mario Gotze celebrates a goal against Poland. Pic/AFP
Germany's Mario Gotze celebrates a goal against Poland. Pic/AFP 

Having lost the corresponding fixture 2-0 in Warsaw last October — Germany's first defeat to their neighbours in 19 matches — the world champions gained sweet revenge by knocking Adam Nawalka's Poland from top of Group D.

It was Poland's first defeat in seven Euro 2016 qualifiers in an impressive display from the Germans after several below-par performances last season.

All four goals came from Bayern Munich players as Thomas Müller gave Germany an early lead, then Götze made it 2-0 before Poland captain Robert Lewandowski pulled one back with a diving header as it finished 2-1 at the break.

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