If there's one thing this Germany team is good at, even without Bastian Schweinsteiger in the lineup, it's counterattacking. And with Belgium needing goals in order to keep their faint hopes of a Euro 2012 place alive, they're getting their chances to do just that. The hosts are taking them, too - Mario Gomez has made it 3-0 after missing two one-on-one chances with Simon Mignolet in the first half.
A sweet one-two with Mesut Ozil wrong-footed Vincent Kompany, and Gomez was able to exploit the Manchester City man's turn to surge past him and rifle a shot into Mignolet's bottom corner. All three German goals here have been incredibly classy, but that won't make Belgium's pain any easier to bear. Half time substitute Romelu Lukaku isn't making up that deficit on his own, and the visitors now need Azerbaijan to win in Turkey to in order to get into a playoff positioning. That doesn't seem particularly likely right now, although it's goalless in Istanbul as it stands.