Germany beat Italy by a score of 5-2 on Tuesday. It was their first win in Nations League A Group Three, ending a streak of four games without a win and extending their streak of not losing under coach Hansi Flick.
Timo Werner scored twice in Germany’s best game under Flick. Joshua Kimmich, Ilkay Gundogan, and Thomas Mueller had already put them ahead with goals.
Wilfried Gnonto, a teenager, got one back in the 78th minute, and Alessandro Bastoni headed in a second goal for the visitors in the last minute of play.
This was Germany’s first Nations League win in four games. It was also Flick’s first win against a top European country since he took over as coach last year. They had drawn against Italy 10 days ago.
After losing in the first round of the 2018 World Cup, Germany is now in second place with six points, one point behind Hungary.
Flick said, “I have to congratulate the team for doing so well in the fourth game of the Nations League.”
“We needed to win because wins boost confidence, and when we scored the first goal, we saw what was possible.”
“We’re excited about the path to the World Cup. We have two games in September to see what still needs to be fixed or changed “he added.
Last week, Flick’s team fought hard but ended up drawing 1-1 with Hungary. Earlier this month, England and Italy also tied 1-1.
Germany’s captain Manuel Neuer said that the game would be exciting from the start, and he was right. Both teams had chances to score in the first few minutes.
In the 10th minute, Kimmich scored the game’s first goal when he ran into the box and tapped in a pass from David Raum.
The hosts then picked up the pace and attacked Italy with a series of passing moves. Jonas Hofmann and Werner came close for Germany.
At the end of the first half, Gundogan scored a penalty kick to give them a two-goal lead.
After the break, Italy looked more lively because coach Roberto Mancini made two changes.
But the Germans scored against the run of play when Thomas Mueller scored after the Italian defense had cleared the ball. This took the wind out of the Italians’ sails.
Werner scored the first goal when Serge Gnabry set him up in the 68th minute. A minute later, Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma’s pass was intercepted, and Werner scored again.
Gnonto scored Italy’s first international goal at age 18, making him the youngest player to score for Italy. Bastoni added a second goal to keep the Germans from setting a record win margin over Italy.