Germany thrash Latvia 7-1 in Euro 2020 warm-up fixture

Germany head into Euro 2020 with a complete team performance against Latvia and Ukraine beat Cyprus in another warm-up match of the day.

Germany thrash Latvia 7-1 in a warm-up match; Credit: Twitter/@DFB_Team_EN

Germany thrash Latvia 7-1 at Esprit Arena on Monday. It was their final warm-up match before heading into Euro 2020. German head coach Joachim Low started with a strong eleven and netted five goals in the first half. Chelsea’s Kai Havertz was involved in three of those goals. Thomas Muller got on the score sheet on his return to the national team. Meanwhile, Manuel Neuer became the first German goalkeeper to make 100 international appearances. Substitutes Timo Werner and Leroy Sane completed the rout in the second half.

Havertz provided the assist for Robin Gosens to fire the ball into the net in the 19th minute. It was the Atalanta left-back’s first international goal. 

A minute later, Havertz was again involved, this time from the right flank. Ilkay Gundogan then smashed the ball past Latvia goalkeeper Roberts Ozols from the edge of the penalty box. 

Muller made it 3-0 for Germany in the 27th minute. It was the forward’s first goal for the national team since 2018. 

Havertz then forced an own goal from Ozols six minutes before the interval. 

Just before the break, Serge Gnabry scored Germany’s fifth of the night. Timo Werener, who came in for club teammate Havertz, in the second half, made the scoreline 6-0 in the 50th minute. Joshua Kimmich squeezed in a low cross from the right-side of the penalty area for Werner to tap in from close range.

Aleksejs Saveljevs got the consolation goal for Latvia in the 75th minute. A minute later, Sane completed the rout with their seventh of the night. 

Ukraine 4-0 Cyprus

In another warm-up match of the day, Ukraine beat Cyprus 4-0 at the Metalist stadium. 

Andriy Yarmolenko opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 39th minute before Oleksande Zinchenko extended the lead just before the interval through another spot kick. 

Roman Yaremchuk made the scoreline 3-0 just before the hour mark and then Yarmolenko completed the rout with his second of the night.

Ukraine are placed in Group C and will play Netherlands in their Euro 2020 opener on June 12 before facing North Macedonia and Austria.




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