Germany sealed their qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a comfortable 3-0 home win over Republic of Ireland.
Goals from Sami Khedira and Andre Schurrle and an injury-time Mesut Ozil strike earned Joachim Low's side their place at the showpiece as the winners of Group C with a game to spare.
In the process they also ended Ireland's slim qualification hopes.
Experienced midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger returned for the hosts after a near seven-month international absence, while Ozil won his 50th cap.
In his first game since being appointed Ireland's interim boss, Noel King made Seamus Coleman captain on his 25th birthday with regular skipper, record cap holder and all-time leading goalscorer Robbie Keane taking his place among the substitutes.
After a quiet opening, Khedira gave Germany the lead in the 12th minute.
Philipp Lahm picked off Anthony Stokes' pass deep inside the Irish half and fed Khedira, whose weak shot took a wicked deflection off Ciaran Clark and rolled past the wrong-footed David Forde in the Ireland goal.
Thomas Muller was next to threaten in the 37th minute, driving infield before unleashing a left-footed shot that Forde tipped over, diving full stretch to his right.
But for all Germany’s possession, the visitors almost equalised in first-half stoppage time when Clark headed onto the crossbar, before Stokes swung wildly at the rebound from six yards and made no contact.
The Celtic striker was involved twice more in the first minute of the second period, firing just wide from outside the box before seeing his mishit cross tipped over the crossbar by Manuel Neuer.
The second half proved much more open than the first and Schurrle was the next to go close in the 55th minute, curling the ball wide of the right-hand post after a surging run down the left.
Two minutes later however, the Chelsea midfielder did find the net, collecting Toni Kroos' chipped pass before spinning on the ball inside the area and firing low beyond Forde with his left foot.
The momentum was firmly with the home side now, and Forde did brilliantly to tip away Schweinsteiger's curling effort from the edge of the box on the hour mark, before denying Muller at the back post 10 minutes later.
The visitors responded with an attack of their own as Neuer pulled off a double save to deny Stokes and then Coleman but Forde was repeatedly called into action at the other end and tipped away Kroos' low drive and Khedira's curler, before Jerome Boateng rattled the angle of post and crossbar from 30 yards in the 83rd minute.
Ozil then fired wide with five minutes to go before finally finding his range in injury time, lifting the ball over Forde after running onto Kroos' throughball to confirm Germany's place in Brazil.
|6||S. Khedira||12' 57'|
|Coach: J. Löw|
for S. Khedira 82'
for A. Schürrle 86'
for T. Müller 88'
|Conte praises Italy´s grit and intensity|
|Sneijder: Blind not to blame|
|CAF World Cup Qualifying Review: Niger thump Somalia|
|Motherwell bring back McGhee as manager|
|Wales 2 Andorra 0: Ramsey and Bale see off stubborn minnows in Cardiff|
|Belgium 3 Israel 1: Mertens, De Bruyne and Hazard seal top spot|
|Italy 2 Norway 1: Comeback denies Hogmo´s men automatic qualification|
|Netherlands 2 Czech Republic 3: Dutch miss out on play-off spot|
|AFC World Cup Qualifying Review: Jordan extend lead over Australia|
|Ex-UEFA chief Johansson denies knowledge of Blatter-Platini payment|
|Injured Aguero returns to Manchester|
|Blanc casts doubt on Ibrahimovic´s PSG future|
|Alexandre Pato will cost €25m - Corinthians executive|
|Allardyce opens to door to possible Nolan swoop|
|Mertesacker: Chambers destined to become one of the best|
|Evra still upset over Manchester United exit|
|Cardona reminds me of James - Pekerman|
|Monchengladbach hit by Xhaka, Schulz injuries|
|Bebe looking to win big move with Rayo form|
|McClaren laments Newcastle´s Krul blow|
|Suarez: Barcelona lack last season´s punch|
|Iran 1 Japan 1: Muto strike cancels out Torabi opener|
|Baptistao eyes Europa League success with Villarreal|
|Ronaldo: Brazil will face more difficulties|
|Tottenham have out-run everyone, Kane warns Liverpool|
|Welbeck certain Rooney´s goal drought will end|
|Payet slams ´unjust´ France snub|
|Bayern confirm Coman injury not serious|
|Fabregas: Spain want third consecutive European title|
|South Korea 3 Jamaica 0: Ki on target in confident victory|
|´Exceptional´ Ronaldo can win another Golden Shoe - Perez|
|Cristiano Ronaldo: I now want fifth Golden Shoe|
|Allardyce demands defensive improvement at Sunderland|
|Darmian: Joining Manchester United an easy decision|
|Wenger criticism is unfair - Welbeck|
|Hulk urges Brazil to win back fans|
|Vidal puts his career at risk for Chile, says Medel|
|Of course I want new Barcelona deal - Neymar|
|Di Natale backs Balotelli to lead Italy at Euro 2016|
|De Gea: I´m better than ever before|
|Butland fires warning to Hart|
|Allardyce: I love winding up ´arrogant´ Wenger|
|Arsenal´s lack of success could see them miss out on Kokorin - agent|
|Welbeck targets January return for Arsenal|
|Rakitic: We´ll win for Modric|
|Ballon d´Or is reserved for Messi - Neymar|
|Dortmund dismiss Aubameyang exit talk|
|Perisic ´decisive like Robben´ - Suker|
|Ferdinand: Fergie´s captaincy snub upset me|
|De Bruyne hungry for more goals|
|Dunga: Brazil are frustrated and lack reaction|
|Dani Alves: Time for Brazil to focus|
|I believed we would finish unbeaten - Hodgson|
|Del Bosque expects selection headache for Euro 2016|
|Ukraine 0 Spain 1: Hundred-cap Fabregas falters from the spot|
|Lithuania 0 England 3: Hodgson´s men make it a perfect 10|
|Fabregas reaches 100 Spain caps|
|Excited Conte targets top-four Euro 2016 showing|
|Spain pair Casillas and De Gea show the way for Rico|
|Liverpool not title candidates under Klopp - Barnes|
|Manchester United important to Northern Ireland success|
|Tevez cannot operate like Messi - Martino|
|Pele questions Brazil unity after qualifying loss|
|Ancelotti: Roma have the most quality in Serie A|
|Ghana v Canada: Hoilett desperate for international debut|
|Cruyff: Netherlands painful to watch|
|´No hatred´ between Bale and Ronaldo, claims Wales star´s agent|
|Mexico v Panama: Ferretti prepares for farewell|
|Wright signs new deal to end Dundee United speculation|
|Real Madrid are not making Bale demands, insists Coleman|
|Toure, Aubameyang and Salah lead CAF Player of the Year nominations|
|Neuer, De Gea the Messi and Ronaldo of goalkeeping - Ferguson|
|Sakho slams PSG over Coman treatment|
|Former FIFA Executive Committee member Makudi suspended|
|Mancini: It´s time for Inter to beat Juventus again|
|Blind talks down Depay, Van Persie row claims|
|Van Persie: Vieira inspired me to be strong mentally|
|Klopp will not ruin his reputation by raiding Dortmund - Rauball|
|Wolfsburg confirm Embolo interest|
|Sigurdsson looked up to Beckham, Lampard|
|Uruguay still a threat without Cavani and Suarez - Arias|
|PSG better than Bayern - Zidane|
|Allardyce: I deserved the England job in 2006|
|Baker: I will return to Chelsea a better player|
|I have no contact with Luis Enrique - Barca B captain Grimaldo|
|Carlo Ancelotti wants Premier League return|
|Klopp: I won´t poach Dortmund players|
|Xavi: I would have liked to play for Manchester United|
|Ronaldo´s success largely down to Benzema - Ancelotti|
|Willian ignoring his Brazil critics|
|Messi rivalry spurs on Ronaldo - Zidane|
|Klopp needs time and money - Hitzlsperger|
|United States v Costa Rica: Under-fire Klinsmann standing firm|
|Giroud satisfied with France contribution|
|Hodgson rejects easy cap claims|
|Honduras v South Africa: Mashaba´s men want consistency|
|Spain to play Belgium in November friendly|
|Lallana ´very excited´ by Klopp arrival|
|Santos: Serbia deserved to finish second|
|Iordanescu: Romania should´ve qualified earlier|
|De Biasi revels in Albania´s historic Euro 2016 berth|
|Reus misses sum up Germany´s problems - Low|
|Krul ´devastated´ after being ruled out for season|
|Lewandowski insists Poland fully deserve Euro 2016 spot|
|Deschamps urges France players to give him selection headaches|
|Hummels: Germany must seize attacking opportunities|