Dusseldorf (Germany) (AFP)
The German national team finished its preparations for the Euro 2020 finals, postponed from last year due to the Corona virus, which begins this week, in the best possible way, after beating its Latvian guest 7-1 in Dusseldorf.
In front of about a thousand spectators who were allowed to attend the meeting, Manschaft received a dose of morale 8 days before his first match in the continental finals against 2018 world champion France in Munich, where the draw placed him in the “group of death” alongside the defending champions Portugal and Hungary.
Germany scored against the modest team ranked 138 in the world, five goals in the first half, alternated by Ruben Gossens (19), Ilkay Gundogan (21) and Thomas Muller (27), scoring his first international goal in 3 years, and Latvian goalkeeper Robert Osouls by mistake in his own goal. After a cross pass from Kai Haverts (39) and Serge Gnabry (45).
The men of coach Joachim Loew, who will give up his position at the finals to be replaced by former Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick, added two goals in the second half thanks to Timo Werner (50) and Leroy Sane (76).
Commenting on the victory, Muller said, “The result is not the most important, but the style.”
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, 35, received a warm welcome from his comrades before the start whistle, after he became the first German goalkeeper to defend the “Manchavat” den in 100 international matches.
However, Neuer failed to keep a clean sheet after Alexis Saveliev scored the honorable goal in the 75th minute after taking advantage of a defensive lapse.
Several friendly matches were held, including for Ukraine to participate in the continental finals in Group C along with Austria, North Macedonia and the Netherlands, where they beat their guest Cyprus by four clean goals scored by Andrey Yarmolenko (37 penalty kick and 65), Oleksandr Zinchenko (45 penalty kick) and Roman Yarimchiuk ( 59).
The European Cup finals will be held from the 11th of this month to the 11th of July.
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