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Götze: I’ve had worse days

The match-winner was the last player to leave the stadium. “We clinched three points. I was able to help the team. I scored two goals,” Mario Götze summed up shortly before midnight in the catacombs of the Frankfurt stadium, smiling: “I’ve had are worse days.”

The German world champions won 3-1 against a very good Poland side, taking the lead in their Euro 2016 qualifying group. Just like in Rio, Mario Götze was the centre of attention after the most important match since the World Cup final. He first netted in the 19th minute, making it 2-0. In the 84th minute he scored the match-winning goal to make the score 3-1. The woodwork prevented a third goal by him (57), but it was Götze who prevented a goal for Poland on the Germans' own goal-line in first-half stoppage time.

“He managed to get away from his opponent, was always available, and ran a lot. He scored two important goals,” said head coach Joachim Löw, “Mario turned in a very good performance.” But Götze, now on 16 goals in 46 international appearances, focused on his team's success: “It was crucial to get three points due to our position in the table. We absolutely wanted to be on top.”

Müller on target

Besides Götze it was Thomas Müller who paved the way, making it 1-0 in the 12th minute and providing the assist for the last goal. In total the Bayern pro has netted six times in the current European Championship qualifiers, his 28th goal in 64 internationals. “We're table-toppers now, that's what we wanted,” said Müller, glad about the victory, but critical too: “I wish we had been a bit more stable, avoiding bad passes.”

The Germany squad can focus on that against the Scots, who are fourth in the table, when they visit Glasgow on Monday. Müller's yield against the next opponents is quite encouraging: last year he scored both goals for Germany in their 2-1 victory in the first meeting with Scotland.