Associated Press  |  Last updated March 22, 2013
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Thomas Mueller scored one goal and played a role in two others as Germany cruised to a 3-0 win in Kazakhstan in a World Cup qualifier on Friday. The victory leaves Germany in control of Group C of European qualifying, ahead of Sweden. Germany will host Kazakhstan on Tuesday in Nuremberg. ''It was our job to win here,'' Germany coach Joachim Loew said. ''The game was decided by halftime. We moved the ball well in the first half but it wasn't easy to find space.'' Mueller played a part in Bastian Schweinsteiger's 20th-minute goal, Mario Goetze netted in the 22nd from a pass by Mueller, who completed the win in the 74th. Germany played Goetze as a ''false nine'' because the squad's only striker, Mario Gomez, injured his hamstring in practice and had to sit out the match. Several other regulars were also missing because of injury. The match kicked off at midnight local time on the artificial pitch at Astana Arena. Germany had practiced on a similar surface back home and took contr...
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