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Julian Draxler scored his first goal in World Cup qualifying as Germany defeated Northern Ireland 2-0. While this may have strengthened his position in the national team, the same old worries await him in Wolfsburg.
First half goals from Julian Draxler and Sami Khedira were enough for Germany to beat Northern Ireland and maintain a perfect start to their qualifying campaign. The hosts were rarely troubled by their Group C rivals.
Gerard Pique has made no secret of his support for Catalan independence. But following a row about his patriotism, the Barcelona defender has announced his retirement from international football after the next World Cup.
Despite a goal from Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, Wales were held to a 1-1 home draw with a spirited Georgia side. Meanwhile, Italy needed an injury time winner to squeeze past Macedonia and Serbia edged out Austria.