Germany vs. Kazakhstan: Lessons Learned from Die Mannschaft's Win in Nurnberg

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Germany vs. Kazakhstan: Lessons Learned from Die Mannschaft's Win in Nurnberg
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Germany won their second match against Kazakhstan in a span of four days on Tuesday, as they earned a 4-1 victory at the Frankenstadion in Nurnberg. The result left the Mannschaft eight points clear of Austria, Sweden and Ireland in Group C of UEFA's World Cup qualifiers.

Marco Reus opened the scoring on 23 minutes, and Mario Gotze added a second four minutes later. In the 31st minute, Ilkay Gundogan made it 3-0, and the DFB team entered half-time in full control.

Heinrich Schmidtgal capitalized on an error from Manuel Neuer as he scored at the start of the second half. However, the Furth man's strike would prove to be a mere consolation goal. Reus sealed Germany's victory at the death, adding a fourth.

Tuesday's fixture may have been a mismatch in terms of quality, but Joachim Low's tactical and personal selection, coupled with events on the field, meant that there were some very interesting talking points to take from the game. Click "Begin Slideshow" for a full analysis.

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