World champions Germany booked their place in Russia next summer after a convincing win against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.
The hosts hopes of frustrating their illustrious opponents were dashed within just two minutes of the kick-off, with midfielder Sebastian Rudy netting a stunning long-range effort.
The Germans, not surprisingly, dominated possession and Jogi Loew’s side doubled their advantage on 21 minutes, with Hoffenheim striker Sandro Wagner producing another fine finish from the edge of the box.
Northern Irish ‘keeper Michael McGovern was forced into a number of decent saves as the visitors pushed for more goals.
However, the hosts carried more of a goal-threat in the second period, with Conor Washington hitting the crossbar.
A third would come for the Germans on 86 minutes, with Joshua Kimmich scoring from a tight angle.
Michael O’Neill’s side would eventually get on the scoresheet themselves, with Josh Maginnis heading home at the death.
The result sees the Germans progress as group winners. However, despite the defeat, Northern Ireland are still well placed to make the play-offs in November.
(Table: BBC Sport)