• Germany opened the scoring with a Gomez penalty.
  • Goals from Hamsik, Duris and Kucka turned the game in Slovakia's favour.
  • Germany handed debuts to Leno, Kimmich, Weigl and Brandt.

An experimental Germany side including four debutants was beaten by an in-form Slovakia in their penultimate warm-up game before UEFA EURO 2016 in France next month.

Germany 1-3 Slovakia

Goals: 1-0 Gomez (13'), 1-1 Hamsik (41'), 1-2 Duris (44'), 1-3 Kucka (52')

Having made the 500-kilometre journey due west from Bratislava to Augsburg, Slovakia looked comfortable in the early-evening Swabian sun, spraying the ball around as Germany gave chase. Intense pressing from the hosts nearly caught them off guard, though, with Mario Gomez's shot-cum-cross finding its way to Julian Draxler, who saw his effort cleared off the line. The world champions broke the deadlock soon after when Mario Götze was fouled in the visitors' box, with Gomez sending Matus Kozacik the wrong way with the resulting penalty for 1-0. Germany nearly pulled further clear within the half-hour when Gomez slipped the ball to Leroy Sane on the counter-attack, but Kozacik managed to block the FC Schalke 04 starlet's low shot. That profligacy was punished as half-time approached when Marek Hamsik thumped an unstoppable effort into debutant Bernd Leno's top corner from outside of the box, before Michal Duris headed home from a corner minutes later with the home defence still flustered.

Heavy downpour delayed the start of the second half but once the worst of it subsided the extra zip on the WWK ARENA surface seemed to suit Germany at first, especially given the half-time introduction of midfielders Julian Weigl and Julian Brandt, who both earned their first full senior cap. After a swift passing move fizzled out with Sane flying over the by-line, Slovakia turned the screw though, and Juraj Kucka volleyed low past the third of Germany's second-half substitutes, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, from close range. Götze came close to reducing the arrears after a fine through-ball from Brandt, but Hertha Berlin right-back Peter Pekarik slid across to deny the FIFA World Cup winner. Brandt and Götze combined again late on, but this time Götze flashed just wide with the goal at his mercy and it ended 3-1, with Germany left to hope for better against Hungary in Gelsenkirchen next Saturday.

Mario Götze (pictured, far l.) was unfortunate to be on the losing side after a fine individual performance.

Man of the match

Götze's late-season resurgence was curtailed by a broken rib - which saw him miss FC Bayern München's DFB Cup final win over Borussia Dortmund having scored a brace in the final-day 3-1 win over Hannover 96 - but he was back to his menacing best in Augsburg. The attacking midfielder put in a huge ten tackles, earned the penalty that allowed Gomez to open the scoring, and came close with chances that on another day might have found the target.

Talking point

Although 32nd in the FIFA World Rankings, Slovakia won six straight games in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying, which included victory over reigning European champions Spain. Germany still have the likes of Bayern trio Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller to return to the starting line-up, so pressing the panic button after this reverse would be premature.

Match stats 

  • Four Bundesliga stars made their Germany debut on Sunday. Bayern's Joshua Kimmich played 75 minutes, with Leverkusen pair Leno and Brandt joined by BVB's Weigl in featuring for 45 minutes apiece.
  • Losers in seven of their previous nine games against Germany, this was the visitors' first win over Die Nationalmannschaft since a 2-0 friendly victory at the Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem in September 2005.
  • Former VfB Stuttgart and FC Bayern striker Gomez has now scored 27 international goals.
  • Fourteen Bundesliga players participated at the WWK ARENA, with Slovakia pair Pekarik (Hertha) and Dusan Svento (1. FC Köln) complementing the home-grown contingent.
  • Köln's left-back Jonas Hector is the only player to have started in each of Germany's 12 matches since the beginning of 2015.
  • This was Joachim Löw's 130th game in charge of Germany. He has now overseen 86 wins, 22 draws and 22 losses since taking charge in August 2006.

Mario Gomez's early penalty was his 27th goal for Germany.


Germany: Leno (ter Stegen 46') - Rudy, Rüdiger, Boateng (Höwedes 64'), Hector - Khedira (c) (Weigl 46'), Kimmich (Schürrle 75') - Sane, Götze, Draxler - Gomez (Brandt 46')

Coach: Joachim Löw

Slovakia: Kozacik - Pekarik, Skrtel (c), Durica, Svento - Kucka (Pecovsky 80'), Duda (Stoch 61') - Hrosovsky (Skriniar 78'), Hamsik (Gregus 85'), Weiss - Duris (Sestak 68')

Coach: Jan Kozak