Germany v Latvia Live Commentary & Result, 07/06/2021, Friendlies


Germany’s next game will be their Euros group opener against France in Munich next week. That game will be a far more accurate test of their abilities and could well be the start of Low’s perfect send-off. We’ll just have to see. That’s all for now. Goodbye!

There aren’t too many lessons to learn from this game as we already knew that Germany were good. Low’s side might not be imperious as as they were a few years ago but they’ve still got a talented squad and will pose problems to the best sides at Euro 2020. Latvia will be glad to get back to the Baltic Cup to face Estonia, a team more at their level.

Germany head to Euro 2020 on the back of a very comfortable victory over Latvia. Low’s side were typically professional, racing to a 5-0 lead and killing the game by half-time. Latvia improved after the break, pulling a goal back, but Germany scored twice more to cap an easy win.

90′ + 2′ FULL-TIME: GERMANY 7-1 LATVIA

90′ There’ll be two more minutes of this. Krollis has a pop at goal from range and isn’t too far wide to the right.

88′ Germany earn a corner down their right as Kimmich’s cross is blocked by Jurkovskis. It comes to nothing as the left-back is fouled by Kroos.

86′ Kimmich flings a cross into Latvia’s box but this time the visitors hold firm. It’s no surprise that Latvia have improved as Germany have stepped off the gas.

84′ The game is starting to wind down with both sides beginning to accept the result. Latvia want another goal or two first though as Jurkovskis is flagged offside.

82′ Hummels has another effort blocked from the left of the six-yard box. The German defender really wants his goal.

R. Varslavāns

R. Uldriķis

80′ Latvia substitution. The teenage winger Varslavans replaces Uldriķis.

78′ Latvia earn their first corner off the game off Can. Maksimenko’s delivery doesn’t achieve much for them but it’s something.

76′ Muller’s assist is his last contribution to the game. The 18-year-old Musiala gets a late runout.

76′ Muller’s pass for Sane was typically excellent. The 31-year-old has slotted seamlessly back into this German team despite his lengthy time out.

76′ GOAL! GERMANY 7-1 LATVIA! Sane immediately restores Germany’s six-goal lead, slotting low into the bottom left corner from Muller’s throughball.

75′ The teenager Krollis gets the assist for finding Saveljevs with a layoff. Latvia can be pleased with their improvement since the break.

75′ GOAL! GERMANY 6-1 LATVIA! Latvia grab a consolation goal as Saveljevs finds the top left corner from outside the box from Krollis’ pass. Low will be disappointed to see Germany switch off and lose their clean sheet.

74′ Latvia have conceded just one foul so far this half compared to six in the opening 45 minutes. Germany are starting to take it easy.

72′ Hummels misses another chance to extend Germany’s lead. Gunter finds the centre-back to the left of the penalty area but Hummels can’t test Ozols.

70′ Krollins wins a free-kick for Latvia down their left as Ginter challenges him poorly. Latvia have definitely improved since half-time.

68′ Cigaņiks also goes off. Jaunzems gets a runout.

68′ Latvia make some more substitutions. Saveljevs replaces the ineffective Zjuzins.

67′ Germany win a corner off Tarasovs. Hummels connects with it to the left of the box but can’t keep his effort down.

65′ Kimmich drifts into the box and has a shot blocked. Kimmich passes the ball on to Sane whose left-footed effort rolls wide of the right-hand post.

63′ Germany are still on top but have started to show Latvia more mercy now. Muller receives a pass from Sane and drags a shot wide to the right from outside the box.

61′ Rudiger is the last Germany player to make way for now. He high-fives his defensive replacement Sule.

R. Krollis

K. Kārkliņš

61′ Lithuania make a change of their own. Krollis replaces Karklins.

61′ Gosens is next to go off. Gunter will be his replacement at left wing-back.

61′ Low brings some of his key players off with the game already well won. Can replaces Gundogan, one of Germany’s goalscorers.

60′ Muller has a header blocked from Ginter’s cross. The ball goes out of play. Germany are about to make a raft of substitutions.

58′ Latvia are looking a little better than they did in the first half, which isn’t that hard. Their sole aim now has to be stopping Germany scoring more goals.

56′ Germany go looking for a seventh goal. Latvia breathe a sigh of relief as Kimmich brings down Ciganiks, handing them a free-kick.

54′ Uldrikis wins a free-kick as Rudiger impedes him unfairly. Latvia haven’t been able to create anything going forward yet.

52′ Germany have picked up where they left off in the first half. Latvia are pressing a little higher up the pitch, a bold and possibly foolish strategy.

50′ Kimmich’s cross was great and it’s good that he’s shaken his knock off. He’ll be a key man for Germany at the Euros whichever position he plays in.

50′ GOAL! GERMANY 6-0 LATVIA! There’s no respite for Latvia. Kimmich bursts down the right and crosses low for Werner. Werner sweeps the ball home first-time at the near post.

48′ Kimmich goes down after a challenge and initially looks to be in some pain. Germany are relieved to see the Bayern man soon get to his feet.

47′ Latvia get the second half going. Let’s see if they can fend off Germany better than they did in the first half.

46′ Havertz also makes way after a sparkling first half. Werner will fancy his chances of scoring for Germany here.

46′ Germany make two changes too, replacing their wingers. Sane replaces Gnabry first.

46′ Oss is also put out of his misery. Tarasovs gets the unenviable task of stopping Germany in the second half.

V. Maksimenko

D. Ikaunieks

46′ Kazakevics makes two changes to his team at half-time. Maksimenko replaces Ikaunieks who has let Gosuns run riot down his side.

Germany had 15 shots to Latvia’s one in the opening 45 minutes, scoring five times from just six shots on target. Germany have been ruthless. Latvia will understandably want this over with but still need to tighten up in the second half. Otherwise the scoreline could go into double figures.

Germany are giving Latvia a hiding and it could get a whole lot worse for the visitors. They’ve still got the second half to play. Germany bossed that first half from start to finish, threatening from the very first minute with their movement. The floodgates have been open since Gosens’ opener 20 minutes in.

45′ HALF-TIME: GERMANY 5-0 LATVIA

45′ Hummels gets the credit for creating the goal but Gnabry’s finish was frankly filthy. Latvia must be wondering what they’ve done to deserve this.

45′ GOAL! GERMANY 5-0 LATVIA! Stop the fight now. Hummels picks out Gnabry with a wonderful direct pass. The forward races into the box to loft the ball across Ozols and into the net. That was simply sumptuous.

43′ Germany continue their dominance, winning a corner down their right. Kimmich’s delivery doesn’t cause Latvia a problem.

41′ Oss wins a free-kick as Gnabry challenges the centre-back too eagerly. Latvia have barely had time to breathe in these opening 45 minutes.

39′ GOAL! GERMANY 4-0 LATVIA! This could be a long game for Latvia. Havertz skips past Oss to reach the right byline and sweeps the ball across goal. It accidentally deflects off Ozols and goes in at the far post. That’ll go down as an Ozols own goal.

37′ Germany almost make it 4-0 by half-time. Gnabry sniffs a chance in the box as Kroos’ shot is blocked and fires straight at Ozols. Latvia eventually play their way out.

35′ Oss is also shown a yellow card for his part in the argument.

İ. Gündoğan

Yellow Card

35′ Latvia are unhappy as Muller clips Zjuzins. Gundogan wades in and starts a shoving contest. Gundogan’s booked once the referee calms things down.

33′ Rudiger goes for goal from outside the box and predictably fires wide.

31′ Oss gets Latvia’s first effort of the game as his header is blocked to the left of the box. Karklins had found him with a cross.

29′ Germany have had 77 per cent possession and 10 shots to Latvia’s zero in the opening half hour of this game. Latvia are at risk of a heavy beating.

27′ Gosens adds an assist to the goal he has scored already. The Atalanta wing-back has been a huge threat going forward for several seasons now.

27′ GOAL! GERMANY 3-0 LATVIA! This game’s over as a contest already, if it ever was one. Gnabry sends Gosens towards the byline and the wing-back cuts the ball back. It finds Muller who taps in from just outside the six-yard box. This is too easy for Germany.

25′ Germany nearly make it 3-0! Gosens has plenty of time to pick his cross from the left and find his counterpart Kimmich to the right of the box. Kimmich looks to find the far bottom corner but puts too much power on the shot as it hits the post and goes wide.

23′ Germany have been coasting through this game so far. Latvia haven’t managed to conjure a shot yet.

21′ GOAL! GERMANY 2-0 LATVIA! Gundogan makes it 2-0 in no time at all! The Manchester City man picks up a rebound and curls a shot into the top corner from outside the box.

19′ That was some lovely play by Havertz to make the goal. He knew where Gosens was heading and beat Fjodorovs easily to find him.

19′ GOAL! GERMANY 1-0 LATVIA! Germany take the lead with a fine goal. Gosens plays in Havertz to his left and immediately runs towards goal. Havertz makes the return pass and Gosens lashes the ball into the top left corner.

19′ Zjuzins picks up the game’s first yellow card for tugging down Gundogan when a Latvia attack breaks down.

17′ Havertz drifts out to the left to fizz the ball inside to Muller near the penalty spot. Muller snatches at the chance and fires wide.

15′ Muller strays offside as Germany look to build their next attack. The World Cup winner looks to the sky in frustration.

13′ Kroos swings in a promising cross from deep that bounces through to Gnabry at the far post. Gnabry stretches to reach it but is unable to test Ozols.

11′ Kimmich fizzes in a low cross from the right which Latvia clear. The ball comes back to Kimmich and this time he wins a throw-in. Havertz latches onto the loose ball to knock it out for a corner but the Chelsea man has strayed offside

9′ Germany are biding their time. They have no reason to rush. Latvia have everyone back in their half to make the hosts’ lives difficult. Kroos’ speculative effort is blocked.

7′ Kimmich gets down the right and looks for a teammate but the Bayern Munich player’s pass is cut out. 

5′ As you’d expect Germany are getting settled on the ball. Latvia’s game will be one of resistance and countering when they can.

3′ Germany keep the pressure on from the corner as Gundogan’s shot from distance is blocked. Gundogan moves the ball left to Havertz who drags his effort across goal and out for a goal-kick. The hosts have made a strong start.

1′ Germany nearly score seconds after the kick-off! Ginter gets down the right and crosses for Muller who shoots from the centre of the box. Latvia’s goalkeeper Ozols makes a decent save to hand Germany an early corner.

1′ Germany get this friendly underway!

The two teams come out on the pitch in Dusseldorf and stand for their countries’ respective national anthems. Germany will play in their usual white and black, Latvia in their preferred red and white.

This shouldn’t really be anything other than a victory for Germany. The Germans aren’t the World Cup winners of 2014 anymore but they should still have the quality to see Latvia off. Latvia did draw 3-3 with Turkey in Istanbul in their World Cup qualifying group back in March though. They’re no mugs.

There are four changes to Germany from their draw with Denmark. Rudiger, Gundogan, Kroos and Havertz start. Latvia make just the two changes from their win over Lithuania. Fjodorovs and Ikaunieks come into the team.

SUBS: Alvis Jaunzems, Igors Tarasovs, Vladislavs Sorokins, Elvis Stuglis, Raimonds Krollis, Krisjanis Zviedris, Aleksejs Saveljevs, Rihards Matrevics, Renars Varslavans, Raivis Kirss, Vitalijs Maksimenko, Kaspars Dubra.

LATVIA (4-2-3-1): Roberts Ozols; Vladislavs Fjodorovs, Antonijs Cernomordijs (c), Marcis Oss, Raivis Andris Jurkovskis; Eduards Emsis, Kriss Karklins; Arturs Zjuzins, Davis Ikaunieks, Andrejs Ciganiks; Roberts Uldrikis.

SUBS: Niklas Sule, Christian Gunter, Kevin Trapp, Jamal Musiala, Jonas Hofmann, Florian Neuhaus, Bernd Leno, Robin Koch, Emre Can, Leroy Sane, Timo Werner, Kevin Volland.

GERMANY (3-4-3): Manuel Neuer (c); Matthias Ginter, Mats Hummels. Antonio Rudiger; Joshua Kimmich, Toni Kroos, Ilkay Gundogan, Robin Gosens; Kai Havertz, Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry.

Latvia shouldn’t cause Germany too much trouble despite beating Lithuania 3-1 in their first Baltic Cup match a few days ago. Dainis Kazakevics’s team won’t be at Euro 2020 and haven’t had the chance to face such high-ranked opposition for some time. The visitors will be keen to make an impression nonetheless.

Germany host Latvia for their final match before Euro 2020 and Joachim Low’s last ever friendly as Germany boss. After drawing 1-1 with Denmark in Austria last week, Low will want to see a morale-boosting win so his side can go into the tournament on a high.

Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary of this international friendly between Germany and Latvia at Merkur Spielarena, Dusseldorf.



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