Thomas Mueller scored his first worldwide objective for 3 years on Monday as Germany crushed minnows Latvia 7-1 of their closing warm-up pleasant earlier than the Euro 2020 finals.
Latvia, ranked 138th on this planet, hardly ever acquired out of their half as Germany tuned up for his or her opening recreation of the European Championship towards world champions France in eight days time in Munich.
After a two-year exile from worldwide soccer, 2014 World Cup winner Mueller acquired on the scoresheet whereas Premier League stars Ilkay Gundogan and Timo Werner additionally discovered the web within the rout.
“The end result wasn’t an important factor, it was extra about the best way we wished to play soccer and implement issues,” mentioned Mueller, who claimed his first Germany objective since March 2018.
“It felt good, it was a convincing win, however we all know that France can be a distinct proposition, that is clear.”
Germany captain Manuel Neuer was applauded onto the pitch by his team-mates earlier than kick-off as he turned the primary goalkeeper to make 100 appearances for the nationwide group.
The 35-year-old veteran had one of many quietest nights of his profession in Duesseldorf.
He was largely untested till Latvia midfielder Aleksejs Saveljevs caught the German defence napping with a comfort objective quarter-hour from time.
Germany head coach Joachim Loew made 4 modifications from the facet held to a irritating 1-1 draw with Denmark.
Chelsea’s Champions League winner Antonio Ruediger got here into the defence along with his membership team-mate Kai Havertz, who performed the primary half, impressing up entrance.
Manchester Metropolis’s Gundogan partnered Actual Madrid’s Toni Kroos in a stable midfield pairing.
The Germans wasted little time.
Havertz ghosted via the Latvia defence to arrange the opener as left-back Robin Gosens claimed his first worldwide objective, then 86 seconds later Gundogan crashed within the second.
Germany have been 3-0 up inside 27 minutes when Mueller hit the web for his thirty ninth objective in 102 caps for Germany.
It was 5-0 on the break as Latvia goalkeeper Robert Ozols fumbled the ball into his personal internet, then Serge Gnabry volleyed into the highest nook simply earlier than half-time.
Werner changed Havertz for the second half and fired residence between Ozols legs with 50 minutes gone.
The Germans have been caught napping when Saveljevs’s very good shot flew previous the diving Neuer, earlier than Sane made amends for his earlier miss by tapping residence’s Mueller’s move.
The win was a well timed confidence booster on the eve of the Euro 2020 finals, however Germany can anticipate a lot tougher video games towards France and reigning European champions Portugal in Group F.
“We have stored issues free till the center of July – something can occur,” joked Mueller, with the Euro 2020 closing scheduled for London’s Wembley Stadium on July 11.