In a Nations League demolition in Monchengladbach in 1957,
Germany became the first team to score five goals in a game against Italy.
After 69 minutes, Joshua Kimmich, Ilkay Gundogan’s penalty,
Thomas Muller, and a quick-fire Timo Werner double had given Hansi Flick’s team a 5-0 lead.
Wilfried Gnonto, 18, scored Italy’s first goal, and Alessandro Bastoni added a second with a header.
Watch the incredible winning goals of Germany over Italy!!!
This was Germany’s first ever competitive victory over Italy.
The last time Italy conceded six goals in a game was in the Central European International Cup,
when they fell 6-1 to Yugoslavia 65 years ago.
“We are outraged, there are no excuses today,” Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma stated. To demonstrate that this is not the real Italy, we must look each other in the eyes and begin again. Tonight, we lacked everything.
“We sincerely apologise to the fans, particularly the Italians in Germany.” Tonight, we all made mistakes. I made a tremendous mistake, and I accept responsibility.”
Despite being their first Nations League victory after three draws, Germany is unbeaten in 13 games under Flick. They trail Hungary by one point in the group.
Roberto Mancini’s Italy had been unbeaten in the group.
With a 1-0 win over Poland, Belgium kept the pressure on the Netherlands at the top of Group A4.
In the first half, Michy Batshuayi’s diving header from Youri Tielemans’ cross proved to be the lone goal in Warsaw.
Timo Werner scored twice at Mönchengladbach to cap a surprising German victory over Italy.
Germany won their first competitive match against Italy in impressive fashion
to begin off their UEFA Nations League season and overtake their Group A3 opponents.
In a nutshell, Germany stuns Italy with a magnificent performance.
For Germany’s first, Kimmich applies the finish.
Germany started brighter, and could have taken the lead in the seventh minute, but Leroy Sané’s looping shot from the edge of the box went just wide.
Italy made nine changes from their previous match against England and came close to breaking through a minute later,
with Manuel Neuer save Giacomo Raspadori. Instead, Germany took the lead first, with Joshua Kimmich coolly converting David Raum’s low left-wing centre.
As halftime approached, Gianluigi Donnarumma made three saves as Germany appeared to be the more likely team to score the game’s second goal.
After Jonas Hofmann was brought down by Alessandro Bastoni, the Italy goalkeeper was beaten just before the break,
with lkay Gündoan lofting his penalty kick through the centre.
The Azzurri began the second half with purpose, with Bryan Cristante unable to finish a slick passing move,
but any thoughts of a comeback were completely dashed in the 51st minute, when Thomas Müller’s half-volley flew just past Donnarumma’s reach to set up a three-goal lead.
Müller scored his third goal shortly after the restart.
Serge Gnabry’s entrance just after the hour signalled that the home team was not going to back down
and it was the Bayern forward who set up Timo Werner for two close-range goals in as many minutes.
The recent rise of Wilfried Gnonto,
the 18-year-old who scored his first international goal from close range after Neuer had fumbled Dimarco’s ferocious shot, has been a bright point for Roberto Mancini’s side.
In extra time, the latter was also instrumental, giving the corner from which Bastoni scored Italy’s second goal, but Germany had already done enough.
Captain Manuel Neuer of Germany: “We played confidently, and it was clear that we intended to dominate the entire game and improve on our recent results. We did it, but conceding two late goals is still frustrating.”
Nmecha’s thoughts on Germany’s victory
Timo Werner, Germany’s attacking midfielder: “We wanted to go on top of our opponents early and disturb their game, which we did admirably tonight.
This was the first of the four matches in which we were able to dominate the game, execute our pressing, and demonstrate our true potential.”
Figures of importance
At the 11th attempt, Germany defeated Italy in a competitive match for the first time.
For the first time in a competitive match, Germany scored four or more goals against Italy.
Neuer earned his 116th cap for Germany, tying him with Philipp Lahm for sixth place all-time in appearances.
Kimmich has scored two goals in his last four Germany international appearances, equaling his total from his previous 57 appearances.
Müller scored his 44th international goal to pass Uwe Seeler and move into sole possession of seventh place among Germany’s top scorers.
Werner scored two goals in the span of 91 seconds.
For the first time since 1957, Italy surrendered five goals in a single match.
Gnonto scored his first goal for his country.
Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the second time in a row in March,
a hitherto inexplicable failure. It was even worse when small North Macedonia was eliminated from the European playoffs.
Italy was then humbled 3-0 in the Finalissima two weeks ago by South American champion Argentina. Then there was this,
after Roberto Mancini’s team appeared to have halted the bleeding with a win against eventual Group 3 winner Hungary, as well as a draw in England and another at home against the Germans last week.
BERLIN – Germany equaled their largest ever win over European champions Italy today with a 5-2 Nations League triumph. Timo Werner scored twice.
The 5-2 victory over the Azzurri in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium in 1939 was replicated in Monchengladbach.