Germany scored 5 first-half objectives on the way in which to a 7-1 demolition of Latvia on Monday, finishing a profitable costume rehearsal for his or her European Championship marketing campaign beginning subsequent week.
With Manuel Neuer changing into the primary German keeper to achieve 100 caps, the hosts had been firing on all cylinders from the beginning and set a dizzying tempo, Thomas Mueller and Kai Havertz going shut within the opening 90 seconds.
“We did a lot of things right today,” stated coach Joachim Loew, who will depart his put up following 15 years in cost after Euro 2020.
“We had discussed things in the past days and what needs to be improved. In the first half, we had a lot of pace and speed, good pressing.”
Champions League winner Havertz then performed an ideal one-two with Robin Gosens who fired residence in his first worldwide within the nineteenth minute.
Goals from Ilkay Gundogan and Mueller rapidly made it 3-0, the latter scoring his first aim since his return to the workforce final month following greater than two years out.
The Germans, who drew 1-1 with Denmark final week and want to make amends for a shock 2018 World Cup first-round exit, confirmed not one of the conversion issues that had plagued them in recent times and Havertz added one other when his shot was deflected into the web by Latvia keeper Roberts Osols.
Serge Gnabry additionally obtained on the scoresheet on the stroke of halftime, firing in from an excellent Mats Hummels cross earlier than substitute Timo Werner flicked in 5 minutes after the restart to make it 6-0.
“Our conversion rate was much better,” Loew stated. “It was a problem previously months and we made our lives troublesome. We want to complete the possibilities we create.
“Now we need to increase the pace even more and keep the intensity over 90 minutes and we will be good for next week.”
Latvia grabbed a comfort aim by way of Aleksejs Saveljevs’ fierce left-foot strike earlier than Leroy Sane restored the hosts’ six-goal benefit with a easy tap-in.
Germany kick off their Euro 2020 group matches in opposition to world champions France in Munich on 15 June. They additionally play European champions Portugal and Hungary in group F.