Germany 7-1 Latvia: Ilkay Gundogan, Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry, Timo Werner and Leroy Sane all score as Joachim Low prepares for his final tournament and Manuel Neuer makes goalkeeping history
Germany scored five first-half goals en route to a 7-1 knockout of Latvia on Monday, completing a successful dress rehearsal for their European Championship campaign starting next week.
With Manuel Neuer becoming the first German goalkeeper to reach 100 caps, the hosts fired on all cylinders from the start and set up a dizzying pace, Thomas Muller and Kai Havertz coming close in the first 90 seconds.
Champions League winner Havertz then played a perfect one-two with Robin Gosens who scored his first international match in the 19th minute.
Germany beat Latvia seven times in Düsseldorf in their final warm-up match for the European Championship
Manuel Neuer became the first German goalkeeper to reach 100 caps after his debut in 2009
Ilkay Gundogan continued his rich scoring form as the hosts were utterly dominant
Goals from Ilkay Gundogan and Muller quickly made it 3-0, with the latter scoring his first goal since returning to the squad last month after more than two years of elimination.
The Germans showed none of the conversion problems that had plagued them in recent years and Havertz added another when his shot from Latvian keeper Roberts Osols was turned into the net.
Serge Gnabry also made it onto the score sheet just before half-time by shooting in a brilliant pass from Mats Hummels, after which substitute Timo Werner made it 6-0 five minutes after the restart.
Serge Gnabry made Germany’s 5-0 just before half-time after a beautiful pass from Mats Hummels
Timo Werner also managed to get on the scoresheet after a difficult first season at Chelsea
Joachim Low resigns as German boss after the European Championship after 15 years at the helm
Latvia scored a consolation goal via Aleksejs Saveljevs’ fierce left foot attack before Leroy Sane restored the six-goal lead with a simple tap.
Germany will kick off their Euro 2020 group matches against world champions France on June 15 in Munich. In group F they also play against European champions Portugal and Hungary.