Mario Götze was the best player on the park for Germany tonight in their 5-2 Euro 2016 Qualifying win in Liechtenstein, scoring the third and setting up the fifth. Mario Gómez ♫ scored twice in the first seven minutes, with the opener coming after just 103 seconds.
Benjamin Kunz pulled a goal back for the hosts on the half-hour when Holger Badstuber slipped at the back, but Götze restored the two-goal lead when he controlled and slotted home at the far post from a deep Diego Contento cross.
Ten minutes after the break, Sandro Wieser headed a second for Liechtenstein before Mesut Özil tapped home a loose ball for 4-2 after Gómez was denied a hat-trick on the line. In the final minute, Götze played in substitute Lukas Podolski to make it five.
Mats Hummels (7.1), Lars Bender (7.1) and Mario Götze (8.8) played all ninety minutes in the match, with André Schürrle (7.1) being replaced after 68 minutes by Ilkay Gündogan. Marcel Schmelzer came on as a late sub, while Marco Reus and Julian Schieber were unused.
The win leaves Germany top of Group E on ten points, three ahead of Denmark, with Lithuania and Montenegro a further point behind. Lithuania sit bottom of the group with four straight defeats.
Jos Verniers made his senior international début, coming on for the last twenty minutes for Belgium in their qualifier in Scotland. Ten-man Belgium had just taken a 2-1 lead through an Axel Witsel penalty, but the hosts fought back to draw 2-2 in their Group D tie.
Ivan Perisic scored his fifth goal for Croatia to equalise in their Group B game at home to Belarus, and was voted man-of-the-match, but it was the visitors that won it late on through a Sergey Kornilenko goal. Neven Subotic was also on the losing side in Group B action when Serbia went down to an early Heinrich Schmidtgal goal at home to Kazahstan. Croatia still top the group, a point clear of Kazakhstan and Serbia.
Viktor Fischer played the full 90 minutes for Denmark in their five-goal thriller at home to Lithuania in Group E. The two sides shared four goals in a crazy ten-minute first-half spell, before Nicklas Helenius scored the eventual winner right on the stroke of half-time.
Heinz Lindner kept a clean sheet for Austria as they won 1-0 in Hungary to move ahead of their opponents into second place in Group C. Stuttgart forward Martin Harnik scored the only goal of the game three minutes after the interval.
Finally, Stevan Jovetic played the full game upfront for Montenegro in their Friendly in Slovenia, but despite creating three chances he wasn’t able to beat Samir Handanovic in the home goal and sadly extends his international goal drought past the two year mark.