Sane scores in Germany win, Lewandowski impresses for Poland

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Six Bayern players featured for Germany on Thursday evening as they claimed a comfortable 2-0 win over Liechtenstein in World Cup qualifying. FCB winger Leroy Sane got the second in Hansi Flick's first match as Germany coach. Die Mannschaft are second in Group J on nine points from four games, one behind Armenia.

"Of course, we wanted to score more goals. We found things tough. The opposition defended very, very deep," said Joshua Kimmich after the game. "We didn't manage to take our first chances at the start. At the end of the day, we'll take the win but we could've scored more goals."

Jamal Musiala made his first senior start for Germany in St. Gallen against Liechtenstein.

Kimmich captained the side in the absence of Manuel Neuer and had the first big chance after only four minutes thanks to a good ball from Sane. Germany then struggled to break through for long periods. Jamal Musiala was making his full debut for the national team and finally created the opener in the 41st minute with a good run and ball for Timo Werner to finish.

Sane scored the second to round off Germany’s 2-0 win.

It was a similar picture in the second half as Germany dominated but had to wait for their next goal. It eventually came from Sane in the 77th minute, created by substitute Leon Goretzka, with a crisp finish for 2-0. Germany host current group leaders Armenia in Stuttgart on Sunday, 5 September.

Goal and assist for Lewy in 4-1 win

Lewandowski put Poland 1-0 up with a header in the 12th minute.

An outstanding Robert Lewandowski helped Poland to a 4-1 win against Albania in qualifying on Thursday. The Best FIFA Men's Player put his country ahead inside 12 minutes with a header. The visitors equalised in Warsaw through Sokol Cikalleshi after 25 minutes before Adam Buksa gave the home side a 2-1 half-time lead.

Lewandowski was once again in scintillating form.

Lewandowski then took on and beat several players down the right in the 54th minute to tee up Grzegorz Krychowiak for a simple tap-in. The Bayern striker thought he'd made it 4-1 after 69 minutes but was denied by the offside flag. Karol Linetty did eventually add a fourth shortly before the end. Poland now sit second in Group I with seven points from four games. They go to San Marino on Sunday.

France and Kingsley Coman had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Bosnia on Wednesday: