Thomas Müller 15', 60', Joshua Kimmich 45'
'Mission Titelverteidigung' begins with Germany winning convincingly as Joachim Löw enters his sixth campaign as Bundestrainer.
"We played well and dominated the match. Norway weren't the most difficult opponents to play against today, however we moved the ball around well and kept our shape. It was good to take the lead so early on with such a typical Thomas Müller goal. That will do him good for the rest of the season. We let our opponents have one or two chances which frustrated me, however, that can't always be prevented. In fact, Norway didn't really have any proper chances. In the first 20-30 minutes the full-backs got forward and played a lot of balls up the pitch.
Of course there are areas we can improve on, such as making the most of our chances and getting forward quicker when we win back possession. That was difficult to do today because Norway sat so deep and we were often trying to find a way through a wall of players. We have to improve our runs and incisiveness in the last 30 minutes of the match."
Löw: "The win was never in danger" - Jogi talks to dfb.de
The team did its job very well - we looked comfortable and in control of the game, and we hardly allowed them to have any chances. We were disciplined in defence, even when Norway were playing some long balls. We made good use of the space available and got some good sights on goal at times. And we managed to score some goals! It was clear that the team wouldn't keep playing at that tempo until the end, as we were leading 3-0 and the season is still young. But overall, we put in a serious performance, and the win was never in danger.
When asked if this had been one of his easier wins as Bundestrainer, Jogi replied "No. We're still at the start of the season and you can tell by looking at the players that their rhythm can't be quite as high. But we put in a controlled performance and made the pitch wider and deeper, so Norway had to do a lot of running and got tired. We were always waiting for any gaps to appear, and we kept the tempo high. That's what made it difficult for Norway to get any tackles in or to get to the ball."
We had been working on increasing our presence in the area over the past few days, as well as in our assessment of the Euros, where we had been missing some efficiency and ruthlessness in front of goal. The team had that tonight, and the players in midfield or in the spaces in between did it well. We were everywhere in midfield - there were always three or four players there looking to get a shot away. That's important for the next two years.
(Breaking forward from defence) - "We didn't see much of that, because it wasn't a very open game. But in other matches, we'll be focusing on that issue, like against the Czech Republic, because they have a team with a lot of quality. They will surely want to play more football, and speed on the counter attack will be important again. The Czechs will be the toughest opposition to break down in this group, based just on the footballers and the experience they have."
"We played very confidently," Low told reporters. "Norway did not come into play at all and had no opportunities to score. For Thomas Muller, I would have preferred it if he would have scored some goals at the European Championship!"In an interview on dfb.de, Jogi spoke further about Mario's situation "It's plain to see that he's not got the match practice behind him that he had during his first spell with Dortmund, or in certain phases in Munich. He needs to play a few more games. The move to Dortmund was a positive one for him, as a lot will be riding on him over the next few seasons. Once he's played a few games, he'll go back to being the Mario Götze that we know so well. I've seen some very, very good spells in training, and I can also see the smile back on his face and that he's enjoying his football. Match practice will be really important for him to show what he can do again."
Joachim Löw: "Vorgaben gut umgesetzt"
He also said the Czech Republic would possibly be Germany's biggest challengers in the Group, and that the Czechs, Norway and Nothern Ireland will be fighting it out for second place - behind Germany!
Germany off to a smooth start in Oslo - minute-by-minute report on the match
Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, Benedikt Höwedes, Mats Hummels, Jonas Hector, Sami Khedira (Julian Weigl), Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller, Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler (Max Meyer), Mario Götze (Julian Brandt)
Training, Oslo, 3 September 2016
"We came here to Norway to win," he told the media on Saturday. "In the Euros qualifying, it was difficult, we lost the first [away] game."After a major tournament you have to inspire yourself anew. When I had a vision a few years ago, we accomplished a lot with it. That's both confirmation and motivation. We are a team that can dominate the opposition but our analysis from the EURO's showed that we lack efficiency. In the semi-final against France we played well, had a lot of possession, showed a good attitude but still lost. Therefore I have two or three areas that we want to work on intensely and that is what motivates me. Furthermore, it's fun to integrate new players between tournaments
"We usually have more possession than Norway," he said. "I do not think that they will attack us early, but they also play on the break. They can counter well and are also dangerous from set pieces.""Norway lost their last game against Belarus, but they will line-up differently on Sunday. Playing against the World Champions is the biggest game of their qualification campaign and possibly the next few years for them. Norway are stronger than Finland and will provide a stern test for us. We will have more possession overall but Norway are always solid defensively and good at counter attacking as well as attacking set-pieces.""All players are fit. Julian Draxler was able to train again yesterday as well. There will be some players in the team who didn't feature against Finland."
Asked about the possibility of Max Meyer and Julian Brandt playing, he said that both have the quality to play for us but we still have to be careful. Both played at the Olympics and therefore we have to make sure they recover well and get through the next few weeks, however, I wouldn't be afraid to bring either one of them."
"The team is good enough to play both systems - with three or four players at the back. We could even see both formations within one game."
Löw kontert "ignorante Kritik"
Löw: Vertragsverlängerung kein Thema
WM-Qualifikation: Joachim Löw mit bestmöglicher Elf gegen Norwegen- 2 September 2016
Jogi will be selecting the strongest possible starting-line up for this, the first World Cup qualifier.
Training, Düsseldorf, 2 September 2016
Letztes Training in Düsseldorf
Regenerationstraining nach dem Finnland-Spiel - 1 September 2016
Löw said: "We are in a lucky situation of having numerous leading figures who have what it takes to be captain. For me, Manuel Neuer is the logical successor to Bastian Schweinsteiger. He has everything that I could wish for from a leading player.Volland and Süle not travelling to Norway
Kevin Volland suffered a break to his right hand during the 2-0 victory over Finland in Mönchengladbach on Wednesday night. The Leverkusen forward has now left the team hotel in Düsseldorf. Niklas Süle is the other departure from the camp. The Hoffenheim centre back made his debut for Germany against Finland - and has returned to his club the following day as previously agreed.
On the other hand, Julian Brandt and Max Meyer have stayed with the squad, despite original plans for them to return to their clubs, like Süle, after the Finland match. All three were part of the silver medal-winning team for Germany at the Olympic Games in Rio. Because of the injury to Kevin Volland and the illness picked up by Julian Draxler (flu), it has now been agreed with the respective clubs that Brandt and Meyer will remain with Die Mannschaft.
Löw: So denkt er über den Kaltstart - 1 September 2016
"It won't be an easy to win the match in Norway," said Löw. The football season in Germany has only just started and the players are yet to find their rhythm. The Norwegians will stretch us to our limit; they will stay tight and will obviously want to prove a point against the World Champions. We will take Norway very seriously as we want to start our journey of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup with a win." - from dfb.de, 26 August 2016
The full squad for the first international break of the season can be found on my Finland page.
Last updated 9 September 2016