Marco Reus was on target as Germany beat Belarus 2-0 to make it two wins out of two in their Euro 2020 qualifying group on Saturday.
Germany dominated the game and took the lead in the 12th minute thanks to Manchester City winger Leroy Sane. Marco Reus then got on the end of Matthias Ginter’s low cross before finishing coolly past the Belarus goalkeeper to make it 2-0 and seal the win for the 2014 FIFA World Cup winners. Sane could have doubled his tally late on, but the 23 year old was denied by the woodwork.
Reus was replaced by new Borussia Dortmund teammate Julian Brandt in the 76th minute, while Nico Schulz played the entire 90 minutes at left wing back.
The win combined with their 3-2 win over the Netherlands in March means that the Germans have a 100% record and lie second in Group C behind Northern Ireland, who have won all three of their games so far. Germany’s next game will see them host Estonia on June 11 in Mainz.
Belgium were also in action on Saturday as they beat Kazakhstan 3-0, with Axel Witsel and Thorgan Hazard both playing 90 minutes. Hazard was interestingly used as a left wing back by head coach Roberto Martinez. But despite playing in a new position, Hazard was heavily involved in Belgium’s attacking play and play a vital role in the second goal. Hazard also came close to scoring after a fine solo run, but his shot was well saved by Dmytro Nepohodov.
The win means that Belgium stay top in Group I, having won all three of their matches so far. The Red Devils return to action on Tuesday as they host Scotland.
In the shock result of the day, world champions France suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Turkey, with Kaan Ayhan and Cengiz Ünder getting the goals. Former Borussia Dortmund player Ivan Perisic scored to help Croatia beat Wales 2-1. Italy enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win over Greece, while Russia smashed San Marino 9-0.