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Thomas Muller admitted he was lucky in scoring against Scotland

Germany striker Thomas Muller admitted a slice of luck was behind his opener in their 2-1 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Scotland.

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Muller's double secured all three points for Joachim Low's side in Dortmund on Sunday but the world champions were made to work hard in their opening Group D clash.

The forward " who scored five goals at this year's World Cup " gave Germany the lead with a looping header that he later acknowledged was not intentional.

Ikechi Anya drew Scotland level in the 66th minute but parity lasted just four minutes before Muller struck again.

Muller said: "Making it 2-1 was a joy, because I know how important those three points are.

"I could have scored the opener with a header earlier.

"Football is football " you try your best, but I did not intend to place the header [for the opening goal] where it went.

"I just tried to win the aerial challenge against this towering Scotsman [Russell Martin]."

Germany defender Benedikt Howedes felt his side deserved their win on the basis of their first-half dominance.

"It was hard work today " a difficult win," Howedes said.

"But against a strong Scottish side, that was no less than we expected.

"The first half was a one-way street. In the second half, they got a bit braver, invested more in attacking and equalised.

"It was good that we made it 2-1 shortly afterwards."

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