Arsenal's Mustafi suffers 'muscle tear' in Germany's win over Azerbaijan


Germany have completed a flawless qualification campaign on the road to Russian Federation 2018 as a brace from Leon Goretzka helped the hosts to overcome Azerbaijan here on Sunday evening, reports Xinhua news agency.

Second-half strikes from Hoffenheim striker Sandro Wagner and Chelsea defender Antonio Ruediger, before Goretzka added his second, saw Germany pull away.

"Sure, it was good".

World Cup holders Germany have completed their ideal run with 10 wins from as many games in the qualifiers. "We scored more than two, three goals in almost every match".

Joachim Low provided a worrying injury update on Arsenal centre-back Shkodran Mustafi after the Germany global limped off during a 5-1 win over Azerbaijan.

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The World Cup holders lost Julian Draxler before kick-off as the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder dropped out with flu, after Real Madrid star Toni Kroos had already been ruled out with a rib injury. Part of what made it special was that Goretzka pulled off the incredible back-heel goal in an actual game, rather than just on the training pitch.

Then came Germany's injury blows.

Mustafi had to be taken off after 36 minutes when he was injured in the build-up to Azerbaijan's equaliser, grabbing his right thigh in pain with no opponents near him.

Schalke midfielder Goretzka, who scored three goals in five appearances in the qualifiers, said he was happy with the performances over the past 13 months.

Joachim Low's side went ahead in impudent style after just eight minutes when Goretzka stunned Azerbaijan.