There was also a big win for Germany, who had Rudiger and Werner in their starting line-up, with Kai Havertz joining them from the bench at half-time. However, it was the defender of that trio who got his name on the scoresheet first in a 4-0 victory in Iceland. Rudiger did well to create space for himself at the back post before meeting Leon Goretzka’s floated free-kick with a brilliant header, powering the ball across goal and into the bottom corner for his second international goal, four years after the first.
Werner and Havertz had both gone close to adding to Germany’s tally, being denied by good saves from veteran goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson, before combining for the late fourth goal. Havertz cleverly slid the ball left to his Chelsea team-mate in the box and, although Halldorsson got a hand to his low shot, this time he could only divert it onto the post, where Havertz went to follow in but left it to roll across the line for Werner’s third goal in six international matches.