Tue, 29/03/16, 22:59
Götze and Coman score, assists for skipper Müller
Germany put an end to a lengthy unsuccessful streak against Italy on Tuesday evening, winning for the first time since June 1995. The 4-1 victory against the Squadra Azzurra was a crucial marker in the last international before the preliminary call-ups for EURO 2016. Kingsley Coman won with France, but David Alaba and his Austrian team-mates lost after being in the lead. fcbayern.de rounds up the international action featuring FCB stars:
Germany 4-1 Italy
1-0 Toni Kroos (24), 2-0 Mario Götze (45), 3-0 Jonas Hector (59), 4-0 Mesut Özil (75, pen), 4-1 Stephan El Shaarawi (82)
Line-up: ter Stegen - Rüdiger, Mustafi, Hummels - Rudy, Özil, Kroos (Kramer 90), Hector (Ginter 85) - Müller (Khedira 69), Götze (Reus 61), Draxler (Volland 85)
Three days after the defeat to England Joachim Löw rotated his squad in five positions. Mario Götze returned to the starting line-up, making his 50th appearance for Germany. Between the sticks Marc-André ter Stegen deputised for Manuel Neuer, who reported sick. For the first time Thomas Müller stood in as captain, watched by a 62,000 crowd at his stadium.
Following a minute's silence for Johan Cruyff, the resolute and lively Germans controlled the match and made use of their few chances. Kroos netted from Müller's deflected cross 23 minutes into the contest before Götze made it two from another Müller cross with the half-time whistle imminent.
In contrast to the match against England, Germany cemented their lead this time. Jonas Hector made it three on the hour mark after fine build-up play including a cunning Götze back-heel, before Özil added his name to the scoresheet from the penalty spot with a quarter-hour to go. The Italians scored a consolation goal by El Shaarawi's long-range effort after 81 minutes, the first time ter Stegen was seriously tested.
France 4-2 Russia
1-0 N'Golo Kanté (8), 2-0 André-Pierre Gignac (38), 2-1 Aleksandr Kokorin (56), 3-1 Dimitri Payet (64), 3-2 Yuri Zhirkov (68), 4-2 Kingsley Coman (76)
The France squad turned in another convincing display. Kingsley Coman was brought on after the interval, scoring his first goal in his third senior appearance for France in the 4-2 victory over Russia in Paris. 75 minutes into the contest he pirouetted around the Russian netminder near the by-line and curled the ball into the far corner: a sumptuous debut goal!
Austria 1-2 Turkey
1-0 Zlatko Junuzovic (22), 1-1 Hakan Calhanoglu (43), 1-2 Arda Turan (56)
The crowd at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna saw the visitors turn the game round following Zlatko Junuzovic’s opener. Hakan Calhanoglu netted a direct free-kick for Turkey before Arda Turan capitalised on a blunder by Austrian keeper Ramadan Özcan. David Alaba was subbed off after 77 minutes, the hosts failed to equalise.