Leroy Sane (R) of Germany celebrates scoring with his teammate Thilo Kehrer during the UEFA Euro 2020 group C qualifying football match between Germany and Estonia in Mainz, Germany, on June 11, 2019. Germany won 8-0. (Xinhua/Lu Yang)
BERLIN, June 11 (Xinhua) -- A brace from Serge Gnabry and Marco Reus helped Germany to cruise 8-0 past Estonia following the third round of the 2020 European Qualifiers in Group C on Tuesday.
The Germans took the reins from the kickoff and pressed the visitors from Estonia into the defense.
It took the hosts only 10 minutes to break the deadlock as Marco Reus tapped home Thilo Kehrer's cross from very close range.
Germany remained aggressive and doubled their lead only seven minutes later when Leroy Sane's square pass allowed Serge Gnabry to make it 2-0.
The Estonians were unable to keep Germany out of danger zone as Leon Gorezka headed Joshua Kimmich's cross into the top left corner with 20 minutes played.
Things went from bad to worse only six minutes later as Joonas Tamm felled Goretzka inside the box, allowing Ilkay Gundogan to slot home the subsequent foul play penalty from 11 meters.
Germany remained on the front foot and made it four just before the break as Reus curled a free kick over the wall to extend the lead against hapless visitors.
After the restart, Germany extended the lead in the 62nd minute when Gnabry tapped home his brace from close range.
Estonia could not hold the pace with relentless Germans, who made it 7-0 in the 79th minute when Timo Werner chipped the ball over onrushing goalkeeper Sergei Lempmets.
Germany were still not done with the scoring as Leroy Sane rounded off the victory on home soil in the dying minutes of the game.
With the result, Germany reaped their third win in as many games to stay on the second place in Group C. Meanwhile, Estonia sit on the 5th place after suffering the second defeat.
"We wanted to delight the spectators and I think we were able to do so. The team staged a faultless performance. Also, the trainings sessions went very well despite the absence of head coach Jochim Low," Germany's assistant coach Marcus Sorg said.