Joshua Kimmich (c.) set the tone as Germany blew Italy away in UEFA Nations League Group A3. - © Imago
Joshua Kimmich (c.) set the tone as Germany blew Italy away in UEFA Nations League Group A3. - © Imago
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Bayern Munich contingent stars for Germany against European champions Italy

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Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Müller were among the goals, while substitute Serge Gnabry produced two assists as Germany thrashed Italy 5-2 in UEFA Nations League Group A3 to maintain their unbeaten run under Hansi Flick.

Germany 5-2 Italy
Goals: 1-0
Kimmich 10' (assist: Raum), 2-0 Gündogan (pen. 45'+2), 3-0 Müller 51', 4-0 Werner 68' (assist: Gnabry), 5-0 Werner 69' (assist: Gnabry), 5-1 Gnonto 78', 5-2 Bastoni 90'+4 (assist: Dimarco)

Reinstated as one of five changes to the team that drew 1-1 in Hungary, Leroy Sane flashed an early strike narrowly wide from 18 yards. Italy responded in kind, but Manuel Neuer was on hand to thwart Giacomo Raspadori with a fabulous point-blank save. Germany broke the deadlock with the next attack as Kimmich swept through the legs of Donnarumma following a wonderful passing move. Antonio Rüdiger and Jonas Hofmann shot wide for a purposeful Germany, before Donnarumma thwarted Sane and Werner in quick succession. Ilkay Gündogan did find a way past the Italy captain, though, converting from the penalty spot after Alessandro Bastoni had upended the effervescent Hofmann in the box.

Italy came out fighting as Bryan Cristante fired in a couple of warning shots and substitute Giorgio Scalvini headed a corner wide, but were floored again in the 51st minute. Raum's cross deflected off Leonardo Spinazzola, with Müller hitting the loose ball into the ground and beyond Donnarumma for 3-0. Neuer pulled off an otherwordly goal-line save from Nico Barella, before substitute Gnabry set up quick-fire goals for Timo Werner to put the contest to bed. Wilfried Gnonto and Bastoni did pull a couple of goals back for the Italians, but they were nothing more than consolatory strikes against a rampant Germany, who climb to second in the group.

Match stats

  • Germany are unbeaten in 13 matches under Flick, winning nine.
  • Müller has 44 goals in 116 Germany appearances. He's now seventh in the country's list of all-time top scorers, level with Uwe Seeler.
  • Gnabry has 20 goals and eight assists to show for his first 34 Germany appearances.
  • Kimmich scored his fifth senior international goal.
  • Neuer won his 113th senior cap to tie Philipp Lahm in sixth among Germany's leading appearance-makers.
  • Germany made it seven games in a row without defeat in meetings with Italy.

Teams

Germany: Neuer (c) - Klostermann, Süle (Tah 87'), Rüdiger, Raum - Kimmich, Gündogan (Stach 88') - Hofmann (Gnabry 64'), Müller (Musiala 75'), Sane - Werner (Nmecha 75')
Unused subs: Trapp, Baumann, Kehrer, Havertz, Goretzka, Henrichs, Brandt
Out: Reus (muscular)
Coach: Hansi Flick

Italy: Donnarumma (c) - Calabria, Mancini (Scamacca 78')K, Bastoli, Spinnazola (Dimarco 68') - Frattesi (Caprani 46'), Barella, Cristante - Politano (Luis Felipe 41'), Raspadori (Scalvini 46'), Gnonto
Unused subs: Gollini, Cragno, Di Lorenzo, Esposito, Locatelli, Pessina, Acerbi
Out: Tonali (suspended)
Coach: Roberto Mancini

As it happened!

5 - 2

(2 - 0)

Germany
FINAL
Italy
UEFA European Championship
Matchday 4
Matchday 4 Borussia-Park
90'
+ 4

DOMINANT GERMANY

Germany run out comfortable winners to go second in Group A3, a point behind Hungary, with two games to go. For the most part, a hugely encouraging display by Die Mannschaft, who are now unbeaten in 13 matches under Flick.
Full-time
90'
+ 4

CONSOLATION

Bastoni heads in Dimarco's corner, but it's all academic.
90'
+ 4

Alessandro Bastoni

GOAL!

5 : 2
Alessandro Bastoni
90'

TIME ADDED ON

Three minutes to go on a memorable night for Germany...
90'

CLOSE!

Almost a sixth as Stach meets a Kimmich free-kick, but puts his effort wide. What an introduction that would have been for the Mainz midfielder!
88'

Substitution

sub
Anton Stach
Anton Stach
sub
Ilkay Gündogan
Ilkay Gündogan
87'

Substitution

sub
Jonathan Tah
Jonathan Tah
sub
Niklas Süle
Niklas Süle
82'

Yellow card

yellowCard
Leroy Sané
Leroy Sané
78'

CONSOLATION GOAL

A rare mistake by Neuer as he spills a shot from Dimarco into the patch of Gnonto, who puts away his first senior international goal. He's human, after all...
78'

Wilfried Gnonto

GOAL!

5 : 1
Wilfried Gnonto
78'

Substitution

sub
Gianluca Scamacca
Gianluca Scamacca
sub
Gianluca Mancini
Gianluca Mancini
75'

CHANCE FOR NMECHA AND MUSIALA

The result in the bag, Flick sends on Nmecha and Musiala. Despite Werner's brace, the central striker's position is very much up for grabs in this team. The same is true of the left-sided attacking role...
75'

Substitution

sub
Lukas Nmecha
Lukas Nmecha
sub
Timo Werner
Timo Werner
75'

Substitution

sub
Jamal Musiala
Jamal Musiala
sub
Thomas Müller
Thomas Müller
69'

WERNER AT THE DOUBLE!

Instant impact from Gnabry as he latches onto Müller's dinked pass and selflessly squares for Werner to tuck home from close range. The Bayernman then telegraphs a Donnarumma clearance, before setting up Timo Werner for another routine strike. Germany lead Italy 5-0!
69'

Timo Werner

GOAL!

5 : 0
Timo Werner
68'

Timo Werner

GOAL!

4 : 0
Timo Werner
64'

Substitution

sub
Federico Dimarco
Federico Dimarco
sub
Leonardo Spinazzola
Leonardo Spinazzola
64'

HAPPY HOFMANN

Hofmann is applauded from the field on his home ground. The Gladbach man has been excellent yet again up and down the Germany right. Barring injury, it's hard to see him not in the starting XI at the winter World Cup in Qatar
64'

Substitution

sub
Serge Gnabry
Serge Gnabry
sub
Jonas Hofmann
Jonas Hofmann
61'

Yellow card

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Antonio Rüdiger
Antonio Rüdiger
60'

PUSHING FOR A FOURTH

Germany show no let-up as Werner makes Donnarumma work with an effort from inside the box. This is turning into a chastening experience for the European champions...
54'

GOAT!

Neuer pulls off one of the best saves you're ever likely to see. He dives to his left as a shot comes in from 20 yards, but deflects towards Nicolo Barella, who's over to the Germany keeper's right and only a few yards out. It looks like being a certain goal as the Italian turns the ball goalwards, only for Neuer to contort his body and scoop off the line. The man's 36!!!
51'

GERMANY ADD A THIRD!

Clinical from Flick's side. Gündogan releases Raum, who sends over a teasing left-wing cross that deflects off Spinazzola. Müller swings a boot at the loose ball, hitting a volley into the ground and beyond Donnarumma's reach.
51'

Thomas Müller

GOAL!

3 : 0
Thomas Müller
49'

STRONG START

Much better fromItaly since the restart. Cristante has sent a couple of shots over from range, while Scalvini has just headed powerfully wide from a corner. Wake-up, Germany!
46'

Substitution

sub
Gianluca Carprani
Gianluca Carprani
sub
Davide Frattesi
Davide Frattesi
46'

Substitution

sub
Giorgio Scalvini
Giorgio Scalvini
sub
Giacomo Raspadori
Giacomo Raspadori
Kick-off!
45'
+ 3

GERMANY IN CHARGE

Strong stuff from Germany, who take a deserved 2-0 lead into the break. Hofmann's been a real nuisance, and it might have been more but for Donnarumma.
Half-time
45'
+ 2

GOAL!!!!!

Ilkay Gündogan tucks away his spot-kick to double Germany's lead!
45'
+ 1

PENALTY!

Bastoni brings down Hofmann in the box, and the referee points to the spot...
44'

TACTICAL SWITCH

Mancini's changed to a back three with that switch, proof enough that Germany are in charge as we approach three minutes of added time.
41'

Substitution

sub
Luiz Felipe
Luiz Felipe
sub
Matteo Politano
Matteo Politano
40'

ACCESS DENIED

Two chances in quick succession for Germany. First Müller tees up Sane in the box, but the Bayern man doesn't make the best connection with his shot and Donnarumma is able to save. Sane turns provider for Werner moments later, with the gigantic frame of Italy's No.1 once again preventing a second Germany goal.
37'

LASER-GUIDED PASSING GAME

Hofmann attacks Raum's left-wing cross, but Spinazzola beats him to it at the far post. A long pass from Süle instigated that move, and is clearly something Germany have been working on.
32'

CHANCE!

Another diagonal ball catches out Italy. Werner collects Klostermann's pass, via Sane's flicked header, and finds the in-form Hofmann, whose low drive forces a finger-tip save from Donnarumma. Almost a very nice goal indeed!
29'

TALE OF THE TAPE

Germany have enjoyed 65 percent possesion, whilst finding a man with 90 percent of their attempted passes. Crucially, they have the lead through Kimmich's fifth senior international goal.
22'

HALF CHANCE

Cristante connects with a Raspadori free-kick, but doesn't find the target. Germany afforded him a touch too much space there - that will have irked Flick after such a commanding start by his team.
18'

ELSEWHERE

Freiburg's Roland Sallai has given Hungary the lead away to England in the group's other game. As things stand, Hungary top the pile on seven points, one clear of Germany.
15'

CLOSE!

Kimmich with the cross this time, but Rüdiger heads his corner-kick delivery just wide. Germany have Italy right where they want them!
10'

GERMANY LEAD!

The hosts are rewarded for their enterprising start in Mönchengladbach. Süle starts the move with a raking diagonal ball out from the back. Werner helps it on to Raum, whose cross finds Kimmich on the penalty spot. He controls well, before firing through the legs of Donnarumma. That's now two in two against Italy in the Nations League for the Bayern man!
10'

Joshua Kimmich

GOAL!

1 : 0
Joshua Kimmich
8'

SUPER MANU!

Italy respond in kind as Raspadori connects with Politano's cross from the right, only to be denied at close quarters by Neuer. The Germany stopper thwarts Gnonto on the follow-up, before the flag is raised for offside. That's why he's won more caps than any other Germany goalkeeper!
7'

SANE!

Germany's intense press forces a mistake in midfield. Sane collects and takes aim from 20 yards, but his low shot whistles just wide of the far post.
4'

RAUM THREAT

David Raum collects a pass from Sane and immediately looks to ping a ball into the box. It's blocked behind for a corner that Kimmich takes and Donnarumma punches clear. Bright start.
1'

OPENING!

Germany attack from the off as Müller finds Werner in the box, but his control lets him down and Italy can clear.
Kick-off!

THE TEAMS ARE OUT

And it's anthem time: Germany's unmistakable Deutschlandlied vs. Italy's bouncy Il Canto degli Italiani.
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NEUER MILESTONE

Neuer wins his 113th senior cap, putting him joint-sixth among Germany's leading appearance-makers, alongside former teammate Philipp Lahm. Thomas Müller is the most-capped active player, on 116. Lothar Matthäus holds the record (150).

DON'T HASSLE THE HOF

Jonas Hofmann only made his national team debut in October 2020, but he has not looked back since. The Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder has featured in all but two of 12 matches under Hansi Flick, starting eight. In that time, the 29-year-old has registered four goals and an assist, scoring in the recent draws with England and Hungary.

NEUER MEANS BUSINESS

Despite a busy campaign with Bayern Munich, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is one of three players to have started every Nations League game for Germany this summer. "You have to take every game seriously," the Bayern and Germany captain explained. "We want to be as well-rehearsed at the back as possible going into the World Cup. That is a decisive factor for me and that’s why it’s good to play against such strong opponents in the Nations League."
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ENCOURAGING RECORD

Joshua Kimmich cancelled out a goal from Lorenzo Pellegrini in Bologna on Matchday 1. Germany are now unbeaten in six meetings with Italy, winning two, stretching back to their UEFA Euro 2012 semi-final loss.

TWELVE NOT OUT

Germany are unbeaten since Flick succeeded Joachim Löw as coach. They won their first eight, but have drawn their last four 1-1. "The team has made good progress. We haven’t lost a game yet but we have drawn the last four against albeit strong opponents," Flick commented in his pre-match press conference. "We were hoping for bit more and I thought that we were a bit further along in our development. As I said in the run-up to the international break, these four games allow us to analyse what we need to adjust in September."

THE STORY SO FAR

Germany came from behind to draw with Italy, before playing out a pair of 1-1 draws with England and Hungary. They're third in Group A3, behind Hungary (four points) and Italy (five points), but could go top with a win in Mönchengladbach. Italy beat Hungary 2-1 and drew 0-0 with England last week.

MORE ON THOSE TEAMS

Flick makes five changes to his starting line-up, with Lukas Klostermann, Antonio Rüdiger, Ilkay Gündogan, Thomas Müller and Leroy Sane recalled. Thilo Kehrer, Nico Schlotterbeck, Leon Goretzka, Jamal Musiala and Kai Havertz are the men to make way. As for Italy, goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and Davide Frattesi are the only players to retain their places following the 0-0 draw with England.

GERMANY STARTING LINE-UP

Neuer (c) - Klostermann, Süle, Rüdiger, Raum - Kimmich, Gündogan - Hofmann, Müller, Sane - Werner

GERMANY SUBS

Trapp, Baumann, Tah, Kehrer, Havertz, Goretzka, Gnabry, Nmecha, Musiala, Henrichs, Brandt, Stach

ITALY STARTING LINE-UP

Donnarumma (c) - Calabria, Mancini, Bastoli, Spinnazola - Frattesi, Barella, Cristante - Politano, Raspadori, Gnonto

ITALY SUBS

Gollini, Cragno, Di Lorenzo, Luis Felipe, Caprani, Esposito, Scamacca, Locatelli, Pessina, Dimarco, Acerbi, Scalvini

WELCOME!

Germany are at home to Italy in their fourth UEFA Nations League Group A3 fixture. Hansi Flick's side have drawn their first three - can they sign off for the summer with maximum points against the reigning European champions?