Germany seek Scotland win to seal EC spot
The Local · 7 Sep 2015, 16:42
Published: 07 Sep 2015 16:42 GMT+02:00
Updated: 07 Sep 2015 16:42 GMT+02:00
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Germany's start to qualifying for the 2016 competition was beset by problems as Die Mannschaft appeared to be suffering from a post-World Cup hangover.
A loss away to Poland and a flat draw against Ireland meant that after three games the World Champions had only accumulated four points and were limping along behind lesser opposition.
But a steady improvement in form since, consolidated by a comprehensive 3-1 win against Poland on Friday, means that Germany are aiming to qualify with a win against the Scots on their home turf.
If the Irish fail to beat Georgia in Dublin and Germany win, then coach Joachim Löw's team will be progressing to the European finals for a record 16th time in succession, reports Bild.
But standing in Germany's way is a dire record against the Scots with only one win from six competitive games between the two nations on Scottish soil.
The last the last time the two teams met in Glasgow in 2003, they fought out a battling 1-1 draw, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports.
The Scottish team also know they will have to get something from the game after a shock defeat away to Georgia on Friday left their qualification hopes hanging by a thread.
"Their defeat makes the situation a bit more dangerous for us," Löw said. "Like always, when they play at home they will fight to the very last and do everything they can to leave the pitch with their dignity in tact."