Germany whip Italy 4-1

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March 30, 2016
Germany's Julian Draxler (left) moving away from Italy's Riccardo Montolivo during a friendly football match at the Allianz Arena in Munich, southern Germany yesterday. Germany won 4-1.

MUNICH (AP):

Mario Goetze scored on his international comeback to help Germany beat Italy for the first time in more than 20 years, a 4-1 drubbing in their friendly yesterday.

Goetze, who had only played 53 minutes for Bayern Munich since a groin injury sustained against Ireland on October 8, headed Germany's second goal before the break after Toni Kroos opened the scoring.

Goetze was also involved in the third before the hour-mark, setting Julian Draxler free to cross for Jonas Hector's first international goal.

"I'm so happy. For me it was simply important to be able to play again after such a long injury, simply to be able to do what's fun for me. Then to score as well," Goetze said.

Mesut Ozil made it 4-0 in the 75th with a penalty conceded by Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Substitute Stephan El Shaarawy scored Italy's consolation goal in the 83rd with a strike from distance.

It was Germany's first win over Italy at the eighth attempt since a 2-0 victory on June 21, 1995.

"We did it well. All the players fulfilled their duties well, played with a lot of discipline," Germany coach Joachim Loew said.

Following the 3-2 defeat to England in Berlin on Saturday Germany's second consecutive loss after losing to France in November Loew opted for a back-three of Mats Hummels, Antonio Ruediger and Shkodran Mustafi, with Hector and Sebastian Rudy supporting on either flank.

Thomas Mueller captained the side for the first time on his 70th appearance.

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