Germany celebrate a Marco Reus goal.
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This is how Ireland's group rivals Germany got on earlier in Georgia

Germany avoided what would have been a costly slip-up in Euro 2016 qualification with a straightforward 2-0 win in Georgia.

MARCO REUS AND Thomas Muller were on target as Germany cruised to a routine 2-0 victory over Georgia in this evening’s Euro 2016 qualifier.

The world champions recalled Muller, Bastian Schweinsteiger – making his first appearance since last year’s World Cup final - Toni Kroos and Mats Hummels to their starting XI, having rested the quartet for a 2-2 friendly draw with Australia on Wednesday.

Germany travelled to Tbilisi knowing they could ill-afford to come away with anything other than victory and the gap in quality was evident throughout at the Boris Paitschadse Stadium as the visitors dominated from start to finish.

After spurning a host of early chances, Germany moved ahead through Reus in the 39th minute following excellent work from Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze.

And it was another Bayern star in Muller who subsequently doubled the advantage with a drilled strike from just inside the penalty area, allowing the visitors to take their foot off the pedal.

Reus struck the woodwork – for the second time - during a largely uneventful second half, but that was as close as Joachim Low’s men came to a third goal as they moved alongside Scotland and Poland on 10 points at the top of Group D ahead of the latter’s clash with the Ireland.

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