Mats Hummels scored a late winner as Germany beat the Czech Republic to boost their – and Northern Ireland’s – chances of reaching the World Cup.

The Czechs now sit seven points behind Northern Ireland, the second placed team in their qualifying group, with World Cup holders Germany on the top spot.


Timo Werner scored an early opener from Mesut Ozil’s pass, but Vladimir Darida equalized with a long-range effort.

Hummels headed home in the 88th minute to win the game.

Germany coach Joachim Low felt his side “got lucky” after a late header from Mats Hummels secured a 2-1 win over the Czech Republic in Prague to maintain their 100 percent record in World Cup qualifying Group C.

“We definitely cannot be happy with the way we played tonight. We won, and that’s what counts, but we got lucky,” Low said at a news conference.

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