Germany scored five first-half goals on the way to a 7-1 demolition of Latvia on Monday, completing a successful dress rehearsal for its European Championship campaign starting next week.
With Manuel Neuer becoming the first German keeper to reach 100 caps, the host was firing on all cylinders from the start and setting a dizzying pace, with Thomas Muller and Kai Havertz going close in the opening 90 seconds.
“We did a lot of things right today,” said coach Joachim Loew, who will leave his post following 15 years in charge after Euro 2020. “We had discussed things in the past days and what needs to be improved. In the first half, we had a lot of pace and speed, good pressing.”
Champions League winner Havertz then played a perfect one-two with Robin Gosens who fired home in his first international game in the 19th minute.
Goals from Ilkay Gundogan and Muller quickly made it 3-0, the…