Euro 2012 Qualifying

Germany routs Austria 6-2

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LONDON

Mesut Oezil scored a hat-trick as Germany beat Austria 6-2 on Friday to become the first team to qualify for the 2012 European Championship.

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Oezil was clearly happy to be back in his home town, scoring in the eighth and the 23rd minutes before Lukas Podolski effectively killed the game with Germany's third in the 28th.

Marko Arnautovic pulled one back in the 42nd minute, but Oezil completed his hat-trick after the break when he rounded off a counterattack in the 47th.

Martin Harnik scored another Austrian consolation goal in the 51st, before Germany substitutes Andre Schuerrle and Mario Goetze rounded off the scoring with goals in the 84th and 88th, respectively.

Germany has a maximum 24 points after winning all eight of its games in Group A.

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