Germany eases to their first win in the Nations League this season, beating Italy 5-2.
The hosts led 2-0 at the breakthrough Kimmich’s early goal and Gundogan’s penalty on the stroke of half-time.
They didn’t let up in the second half either, with Muller scuffing in a half-volley not long after the break.
Two goals in two minutes from Werner then put Germany truly out of sight.
Italy scored twice late on through Gnonto and Bastoni, but it was too little, too late from the European champions.
GERMANY STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Lukas Klostermann, Niklas Sule, Antonio Rudiger, David Raum; Ilkay Gundogan, Joshua Kimmich; Jonas Hofmann, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane; Timo Werner.
ITALY STARTING XI (4-3-3): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Davide Calabria, Gianluca Mancini, Alessandro Bastoni, Leandro Spinazzola; Davide Frattesi, Bryan Cristante, Nicolo Barella; Matteo Politano, Giacomo Raspadori, Degnand Wilfried Gnonto.
KIMMICH SCORES! It’s been coming from the first whistle, and Germany has finally taken the lead! It starts with a long ball over the top by Sule which is helped out to the left by Werner. Raum curls a great cross into the middle, and Kimmich stretches to bring it under control before slotting it past Donnarumma. 1-0 Germany!
GUNDOGAN SCORES! It’s a confident penalty from the midfielder as he sends it straight down the middle. Donnarumma dives to his left but tries to stretch out a leg to make the save. It’s just out of his reach though, and the powerful shot hits the back of the net. 2-0 Germany!
MULLER SCORES! Raum swings it in from the left and tries to pick out Hofmann. Spinazzola clears it, but Mancini and Donnarumma were already committing to blocks. It ends up falling for Muller, who scuffs his half-volley into the ground, and the keeper is wrongfooted as it bounces past him. 3-0 Germany!
WERNER SCORES! It’s a well-worked goal from Germany, with Muller switching it out to Gnabry on the left of the box. He clips it back across the box with a first-time cross and Werner is goalside of Luiz to turn it past Donnarumma. 4-0 Germany!
WERNER SCORES AGAIN! And just like that, it’s 5-0! Donnarumma is put under pressure by Werner and he sloppily gives it straight to Gnabry. He picks out Werner for the second time in as many minutes and the forward slots it into the back of the empty net.
Calabria makes another good run down the right, and his cross ends up running all the way out to Dimarco. He drills a low shot across the goal, and Neuer gets down well to push it away. Gnonto is following in though and turns in the rebound. 5-1!
BASTONI SCORES! It’s a great thumping header from Bastoni, who just drifts in behind Germany’s defence on the corner to get on the end of Dimarco’s cross.
So, what’s next?
Germany ends a run of four consecutive 1-1 draws with this win, and they leapfrog Italy into second place in Group A3.
They play Hungary in their next game in September. Italy’s unbeaten start to the Nations League comes to an end as they drop to third. They host England in their next match.