Germany will be determined to counter their growing reputation for heroic failure - a trait at odds with their trophy-filled past.
Manchester United ended Arsenal's 15-game unbeaten away run in all competitions with a 1-0 Premier League win at Old Trafford.
Round-up: Son Heung-Min scored his first Bundesliga hat-trick as Bayer Leverkusen beat Hamburg SV 5-3.
Bayern Munich broke the record for the longest undefeated run in Bundesliga history with a 3-0 win over Augsburg.
Arjen Robben's petulant refusal to take a penalty overshadowed Bayern Munich's scintillating win in the Champions League.
Champions League disciplinary situation ahead of this week's group stage matches.
Big-money signing Mario Goetze inspired Bayern Munich to four second-half goals to see off FSV Mainz 05 4-1.
Germany's hopes of ending an 18-year wait for international success hinge on the sealing of a porous defence.
Joachim Loew once again overlooked last season's Bundesliga top scorer Stefan Kiessling for their World Cup qualifiers.
Manchester City and Joe Hart had a night to forget as holders Bayern Munich swept them aside in the Champions League.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini refused to blame individuals after his side were swept aside by Bayern Munich.
Arjen Robben scored in his fifth straight Champions League match as Bayern Munich dismantled Manchester City 3-1 in Group D.
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