Germany Thrash Italy to End Azzurri’s 21 Year Unbeaten Run

International Friendly

March 29th

Allianz-Arena, Munich, Germany

germany 4-1 italy

24′ Kroos

45′ Götze

59′ Hector

75′ Özil (P)

82′ El Shaarawy


Germany brought Italy’s 21 year unbeaten run against the Die Mannschaft to an end thanks to a 4-1 victory at the Allianz-Arena.

Second-half goals from Jonas Hector and Mesut Özil added to first-half goals from Toni Kroos and Mario Götze, with substitute Stephan El Shaarawy grabbing a late consolation goal via a deflection.

After a quite sloppy ten minutes, the hosts started to find their rhythm and went close when Hector cut-inside to test Gianluigi Buffon in the 11th minute.

Thirteen minutes later, the hosts took the lead. A Thomas Müller cross was half-cleared by Leonardo Bonucci and fell kindly to Toni Kroos, who fired home into the bottom-corner past Buffon and give the Germans the lead.

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Toni Kroos fires home low to put the Germans in front. Image from: Getty

Three minutes later, Müller went close when his dipping strike was tipped over the bar by Buffon, who rolled back the years.

On the half-hour mark the Germans almost doubled the lead. A nice combination between Götze and Julian Draxler resulted in the latter forcing Buffon into a comfortable save.

On the stroke of half-time, they did make it two. Götze took advantage of some lacklustre Italian defending, beating Leonardo Bonucci and Matteo Darmian, who stood rooted to the spot, before heading home Müller’s cross.

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Mario Götze heads home to double Germany’s lead. Image from: AP

After the break the visitors should have pulled a goal back when Lorenzo Insigne picked out Riccardo Montolivo in space, but Mats Hummels did well to put the Milan midfielder under-pressure, and Montolivo fired wide – when he really should have scored.

Twelve minutes later the hosts took full advantage. A wonderful exchange between Draxler and Götze, eventually led to the latter finding Draxler again. Götze’s flicked pass evaded Bonucci who overstretched, allowing Draxler to surge into the penalty area before squaring for Hector who swept home and make it three. Bonucci had to be stretchered off as a result of his overextending leg.

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Jonas Hector celebrates after scoring his first goal for the German national team. Image from: Getty
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Leonardo Bonucci’s match comes to an end after suffering an injury as a result of overextending his leg in a challenge. Image from: Getty

Eight minutes later, the visitors had another good opportunity to pull a goal back. This time Simone Zaza was involved, controlling a high pass before firing over from a tight-angle on the half-volley.

In the 73rd minute the hosts were awarded a penalty. Sebastian Rudy managed to get the better of Federico Bernardeschi before being bundled over by Buffon in the area and the referee pointed to the spot. Özil converted the resulting spot-kick, sending the veteran keeper the wrong way.

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The Italians were now playing for pride and went close to reducing the deficit when a Bernardeschi freekick was headed wide by substitute Andrea Ranocchia in the 77th minute.

Five minutes later the visitors managed to get a goal back, albeit in fortuitous terms. Substitute Stefano Okaka found fellow substitute El Shaarawy, who turned before firing an effort that deflected off his Roma teammate Antonio Rüdiger to wrong-foot Marc-André Ter Stegen and find the top-corner.

Five minutes later they went close to getting a second when Okaka found space in the Germany penalty area, however, his tame shot was easy for Ter Stegen who made the save.

That was the last action of the game as the Germans finally ended their 21 year Italian heartache. The victory came on the back of their surprise 3-2 defeat to England in Berlin on Saturday.

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