Germany became the first team to book their Euro 2012 place through the qualification groups as they hammered neighbours Austria 6-2 here on Friday.

This was the Germans' eighth straight qualification victory, giving Joachim Loew's side an unassailable 24 points at the top of Group A to leave second-placed Turkey 11 points adrift.

"We have qualified for the finals at the earliest available opportunity," said Loew, with his side still to play Belgium and Turkey next month in remaining qualifiers.