Northern Ireland are on the brink of securing second place in their World Cup qualifying group after beating San Marino 3-0 to record their fourth successive victory.
Never before in the nation's history have they won four on the spin, although they needed 70 minutes to eventually break down the microstate, at which point they scored three in eight minutes, two through Josh Magennis and one from a Steven Davis penalty.
Defeats for Azerbaijan and Czech Republic elsewhere ensured they increased their...
Gianluca Lapadula scored a hat trick as a new-look Italy team thrashed their enclaved neighbours San Marino 8-0.
At 27, the AC Milan striker was among the oldest players in an experimental side given an opportunity by Azzurri boss Giampiero Ventura to prove their worth ahead of bigger tests to come.
Lapadula both opened the scoring and ensured Italy went into the break at Empoli's Stadio Carlo Castellani 4-0 up after Gian Marco Ferrari and Andrea Petagna notched their first senior goals.
Germany survived a first-half wobble to defeat Azerbaijan 4-1 and maintain their 100 percent record in World Cup qualifying.
It seemed to be plain sailing for the 2014 winners when Andre Schurrle put the visitors ahead on 19 minutes, meeting Jonas Hector's pass to hit home, but Azerbaijan were soon back in it.
Dimitrij Nazarov's right-footed effort beat Bernd Leno to surprise the Group C heavyweights, but parity did not last long.
Schurrle found Thomas Muller and the Bayern Munich ace...