Marco Reus and Serge Gnabry starred with two goals apiece as Germany hammered Estonia 8-0 in Mainz on Tuesday to maintain their 100 per cent start to Euro 2020 qualifying.Coach Joachim Low was absent again – having also missed the win over Belarus – due to an injury sustained in a “sporting accident” last month, but Estonia were so poor his unavailability was barely noticed in an emphatic win led by Reus and Gnabry.The Borussia Dortmund star opened the scoring early on and also got Germany’s spectacular fifth, with Gnabry, Leon Goretzka and Ilkay Gundogan netting in between. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? After scoring five in the first half for the first time since thrashing Brazil 7-1 at the 2014 World Cup, they appeared to ease off a little in the second 45, though Gnabry got himself a second, before Timo Werner and Leroy Sane rounded things off.Germany remain three points behind Group C leaders Northern Ireland, who have played a game more.Germany began with a swagger and carved Estonia open 10 minutes in, as Thilo Kehrer played a low first-time cross into the box from the right and Reus found the roof of the net.Gnabry converted soon after with an easy close-range finish from Sane’s squared pass, and Goretzka got in on the act with 20 minutes played, meeting Joshua Kimmich’s lofted delivery with a glancing header into the bottom-left corner.Joonas Tamm impeded Goretzka’s off-the-ball run in the box a few moments later to concede a penalty, which Gundogan confidently dispatched.And Reus made it 5-0 close to half-time – his gorgeous 30-yard free-kick finding the top-right corner.After something of a lull, Germany resumed the battering and increased the deficit just past the hour, with Gnabry tapping in from Marcel Halstenburg’s low delivery.Werner – introduced for Reus in the 66th minute – beat the approaching Sergei Lepmets with a clever chip towards the end, and Sane rounded wrapped things up with a curling finish despite appearing to stray offside.’Ave it! #DieMannschaft #GEREST 6-0 pic.twitter.com/Ut90SJQ0TX— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 11, 2019 What does it mean? Professional Germany at their brutal bestA lot of questions have been asked of Germany in the last year, with the World Cup post-mortem seeing many players ditched. With fresh faces and lots of youth, Die Mannschaft are looking like themselves again.Estonia were never likely to pose much of a threat, but it is three wins from three games now in Euro 2020 qualifying and their ruthlessness in Mainz is worthy of praise itself.Rolls-Reus effortlessly leads the lineThe central figure of Germany’s attacking trident, Reus swiftly made his mark with a poacher’s effort for the first. His hold-up and link play were strong, as he knitted attacks together, while the free-kick for his second goal was glorious.A nightmare for TammGermany attacked relentlessly and Tamm – one of Estonia’s three centre-backs – struggled to cope. He did not help himself for the penalty, however, needlessly inviting Goretzka to go to ground.What’s next?Germany face Netherlands when they return to Euro 2020 qualifying in September, with Low expected to be back on the touchline. Estonia will be hoping to end their run of defeats when they host Belarus in three months’ time. read more
The second degree murder trial of a man accused of killing a two year old toddler is underway in Hamilton. Noah Keizer died of blunt force trauma to the head, while in the care of 27 year old Greg Dalley – a friend of the boy’s mother.Early in the trial there was a suggestion that friends and relatives were uncomfortable with the man watching over Noah on the night of his death. Two year old Noah was crying and whimpering as he left the company of his grandmother for the last time. The accused, Greg Dalley had come to collect Noah from the home of family friend Patty Smith, to take him home to his mother Nicole Agnew, on the evening of July 13th, 2012. On the witness stand Ms. Smith told the court, that she knew Noah was upset, and believed it was because he was afraid of Dalley. She told Noah’s grandmother Iris “he’s terrified of that guy.” Defence attorneys for the accused suggested that Noah was upset because he was having fun, and didn’t want to leave his grandmother. “He’s left my home lots of times and never acted like that. He was different when he left that day” testified Ms. Smith.Later in the day the court heard from Noah’s mother Nicole Agnew. She had been working at the Undermount Tavern on the night that Noah died. She first heard that her son had been hurt, in a text message from a friend – who said that Noah had been hurt, and was bleeding. She called and spoke to Dalley, who at first told her that everything was fine. Less than 90 minutes later, Noah was dead. Dalley claimed that Noah had hurt himself, and must have had internal bleeding. He texted Agnew, saying: “he clearly hurt himself and i should have called an ambulance. now i have to live with that.” A shocked Nicole Agnew did not see her son until she identified his body. She told the court “he wasn’t breathing, he was gone. There was just so much blood I couldn’t tell anything.” Defence Lawyer Greg Leslie began his cross examination of Nicole Agnew this afternoon, establishing that Agnew and accused Greg Dalley had known each other for some time and had been friends on and off. He also established that Dalley frequently watched Noah, and there had been no obvious friction or problems between himself and Nicole Agnew, prior to Noah’s death. In further testimony, Mr. Leslie is also expected to establish that Nicole was drinking on the night of Noah’s death and did not return home immediately after finishing her shift at work that night, instead leaving her son in Dalley’s care.