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Key Events

C. Kramer
T. Kroos
K. Volland
J. Draxler
M. Ginter
J. Hector
S. Okaka
Assist
S. El Shaarawy
Goal
L. Antonelli
S. Zaza
S. Mustafi
Yellow Card
M. Özil
Penalty Goal
E. Can
T. Müller
M. Parolo
T. Motta
S. El Shaarawy
E. Giaccherini
S. Okaka
L. Insigne
A. Ranocchia
L. Bonucci
L. De Silvestri
A. Florenzi
M. Reus
M. Götze
J. Draxler
Assist
J. Hector
Goal
M. Hummels
Yellow Card
T. Müller
Assist
M. Götze
Goal
T. Kroos
Goal
E. Giaccherini
Yellow Card
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2
6
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Stats

Possession
% %
2
8
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 7 3
Total Passes 711 542

Commentary

And that will do it from the Allianz Arena, as Germany stroll to a 4-1 win over Italy at home. The Nationalmannschaft were completely dominant from the first whistle, and will take some heart in this result after the disappointment of the England game. For Italy, it was a sobering experience after their credible draw with Spain. That's it from us, thanks for tuning in. 
De Silvestri sparks a late move for Italy, sending a ball in from the right after a good run down the flank, but Hummels is there to clear - not the first time that he's reacted quickest to an attack. 
C. Kramer
T. Kroos
Germany
Kroos makes his exit after an accomplished match, with Kramer entering. 
SAVE FOR TER STEGEN! Okaka has been a rare positive off the bench for Italy, and he scampers away down the right, but lashes his finish into the body of the keeper from an angle. 
Germany close this game out in a professional manner, passing Italy into submission as they have done for far more crucial spells in this match. This is the response to the England game that Low would have wanted. 
K. Volland
J. Draxler
Germany
Draxler also makes way for Volland. 
M. Ginter
J. Hector
Germany
Hector, goal in hand, will be withdrawn for Ginter.
That goal changes little about how this game will be perceived in about five minutes' time, although Ter Stegen and Germany will be unhappy that they were unable to record a clean sheet. 
S. Okaka
Assist
Italy
Okaka will register the assist for that one. 
S. El Shaarawy
Goal
Italy
EL SHAARAWY PULLS ONE BACK! The forward gets the visitors on the board with a snap-shot that finds its way into the back of the net courtesy of a deflection. 
This match has just been a demonstration of the gulf between these two sides - not only in class, but also depth. The sheer amount of talent in reserve for Germany is really frightening. 
NOT TOO FAR AWAY! From a corner, Raonocchia gets the last touch, but it bounces wide of the far post! Uncharacteristically sloppy there from Germany at the back as they seemed to move in slow motion. 
L. Antonelli
S. Zaza
Italy
Zaza departs after a fruitless game, and on comes Antonelli. 
S. Mustafi
Yellow Card
Germany
El Shaarawy has been lively since coming onto the field, getting one shot away and now, his spin is too quick for Mustafi, who takes him out and is booked for his troubles. 
M. Özil
Penalty Goal
Germany
NO MISTAKE FROM OZIL! The Arsenal man doesn't have happy memories of spot-kicks in this stadium, but he sends Buffon the wrong way from 12 yards to make it a resounding 4-0! 
PENALTY TO GERMANY! Kroos sets a play in motion by releasing Rudy with a searching pass, and Buffon bundles him over just as he was about to be rounded for the finish. 
The statistics suggest a much more even game than it has been. Germany have nine shots to Italy's eight, while the hosts only have a six per cent edge in possession, and have even conceded more fouls. 
E. Can
T. Müller
Germany
Substitution Thomas Müller Emre Can
M. Parolo
T. Motta
Italy
In another change from Conte, Motta departs for Parolo. 
S. El Shaarawy
E. Giaccherini
Italy
El Shaarawy has stepped on, and off goes Giaccherini. 
S. Okaka
L. Insigne
Italy
Insigne has been taken off and on comes Okaka. 
This has turned into a training exercise for Germany, who simply cannot be robbed of possession. Ozil is dropping deep to help link play and keep the ball in the hands of the hosts. 
Italy come close to making a notch on the scoreboard as Motta finds Zaza in a great position, but completely lacking in confidence, he goes nowhere near the target with his finish. 
Just when Italy were looking like getting back into the game, Germany hit them with the ultimate sucker punch, and you have to say that it's a mountain for the Azzurri to climb at this stage. 
A. Ranocchia
L. Bonucci
Italy
Nasty looking injury here for Bonucci, who was caught on the turn and goes down in a heap. The stretcher is called for almost immediately, and the defender will play no further part, with Ranocchia on in his place. 
L. De Silvestri
A. Florenzi
Italy
Florenzi has been withdrawn for De Silvestri. 
M. Reus
M. Götze
Germany
The goalscorer Gotze will depart for Reus. 
J. Draxler
Assist
Germany
Unselfish play from Draxler to provide Hector with his first international goal. 
J. Hector
Goal
Germany
THAT'S THE THIRD! Far too simple for Germany, as Draxler is given space down the left. He could have easily finished himself, but lays it off for Hector to slot home from just inside the area. 
M. Hummels
Yellow Card
Germany
Bernardeschi has started to stretch his legs out wide, making late runs to the byline that have confused Germany. His latest such move sees him taken out late by Hummels, leading to a booking. 
Italy really could use some more presence in the areas to attack crosses. Their wide men have gotten into some decent positions, but Zaza hasn't often been able to make himself available. 
Still, apart from that opening for Montolivo moments ago, there's not a whole lot happening for Italy in terms of goalscoring chances. They have a good opportunity to do so as Germany are inviting pressure on themselves. 
Better in the second half from Italy, as they show more poise on the ball in deeper areas. It may also be a consequence of Germany sitting back a little more with the security of a two-goal lead. 
GREAT CHANCE FOR ITALY! Certainly their best of the game. A poor German clearance allows the visitors the chance to pounce quickly, and a high ball into the box for Montolivo is attacked by the midfielder, but he pokes it wide! 
Here we go again. 
Germany are well worth this 2-0 lead at the break, thanks to goals from Kroos and Gotze. The world champs have dominated this encounter, creating their fair share of chances and barely giving Italy a sniff. However, we all know what happened the last time that the Nationalmannschaft had a 2-0 lead. Is there a way back for Antonio Conte's team? Stay tuned to find out. 
T. Müller
Assist
Germany
Great ball from Muller, who has now had a hand in both goals. 
M. Götze
Goal
Germany
GOTZE MAKES IT TWO! Muller fakes a pass out to the wing, instead standing the cross up himself to the back post, where Gotze gets in between his marker and the keeper to plant a header home
It's been nearly uninterrupted Germany possession for the past few minutes. Surprisingly though, Jogi Low's men have only held 57 per cent of the ball - I expected that figure to be significantly higher. 
Bernardeschi gets the ball in a good position and looks to thread a killer pass into a team-mate - only, there's none of them in position to receive it. Germany have always been able to get back when they need to. 
Germany are taking the sting out of this game for the moment, making Italy do all the work by chasing the ball. The half-time break is less than 10 minutes away and it can't come soon enough for the Azzurri. 
Even with that last chance, it's been one-way traffic for this match, with Germany's quality and composure evident as they've played Italy off the park during certain spells. Still only the one goal in this though. 
An aberration of an attack from Italy, as Insigne collects a pass in shooting space after good work from Zaza, but he can't make the virtual spectator Ter Stegen work with a poor finish. 
Admirable play frm Germany once again as they prove too quick for Italy. Kroos is on the end of it once again, drifting to the left side of the box and drilling for the bottom corner, but it's smothered by Buffon. 
OOH THAT COULD HAVE BEEN SOMETHING! Muller is at the helm of a Germany counter, and he spreads the ball wide to the overlapping Hector, who lashes a terrific ball across the face of goal that has no takers! 
Muller ghosts past an unsuspecting player to attack the ball and let fly from long range, but his shot, though on target, is a good height for Buffon, who pushes it over the crossbar. 
It was poor defending from Italy, as a half-clearance from Bonucci fell right to the Real Madrid midfielder, who did the rest. Already, it's looking like a mountain to climb for the Azzurri. 
T. Kroos
Goal
Germany
LOVELY FROM KROOS! The long-range specialist does it again, angling his body to curl a sumptuous first-time effort into the bottom corner from just outside the penalty area! 
As this match is progressing, it's becoming clear that Italy don't have much of an idea of how to proceed in attack other than exploiting opportunities that Germany present them - which has hardly been anything so far. 
Rudiger gets involved in a clash of heads that briefly stops the game, but he appears to be alright to continue. Not too much goalmouth action in this one, with neither keeper forced into a meaningful save. 
Italy wrangle a spell of possession, but struggle to advance the ball out of their own half. Germany are doing a good job of overloading the middle and pressing the opposition off the ball. 
E. Giaccherini
Yellow Card
Italy
BOOKING FOR GIACCHERINI! A lovely hoisted ball from the German half finds Rudy about to burst free on the right-hand side, but the former Sunderland man comes in with a late trip to stop that attack. 
Hector whips in a cross that is caught by Buffon, before Giaccherini tries to take on Rudy down the left-hand side on the very next play, but loses out when he attempts to beat him down the outside. 
There's definitely space behind the German midfield if Italy are quick enough to transition from defence to attack. The Nationalmannschaft are getting sucked a little far upfield as they dominate the ball. 
NOW ITALY BREAK! Insigne leads the charge down the centre of the field, and he spins on a dime to slide a brilliant pass into Zaza which is cleared before the striker can get a shot away! 
CHANCE FOR GERMANY! The home side break at pace, with Ozil spraying the ball to Rudy, who returns it to the Arsenal man, but the finish is deflected away! Germany keep it alive but can't test Buffon. 
We haven't seen a lot from Italy as an attacking force as yet, with Germany in charge of possession as you would expect. It's not been the best of openings to this game if I'm honest. 
No doubt that Germany will be looking to produce a response after the capitulation against England. They've started well in possession, with Rudiger's teasing cross cleared by Motta. 
Off we go!
Federico Bernardeschi starts in the front three for Italy, flanking Simone Zaza with Lorenzo Insigne. Riccardo Montolivo is also back in the starting XI with Francesco Acerbi, while Antonio Candreva, Davide Astori and Eder are among those to miss out on a place from the beginning. 
Marc-Andre ter Stegen has replaced Manuel Neuer between the posts, while Mario Gotze will start up top in place of Mario Gomez. Marco Reus also takes a seat as Julian Draxler comes into the side. 
Italy (3-4-3): Buffon; Darmian, Bonucci, Acerbi; Florenzi, Motta, Montolivo, Giaccherini; Bernardeschi, Zaza, Insigne.
Germany (4-2-3-1): Ter Stegen; Mustafi, Hector, Hummels, Rudiger; Kroos, Rudy; Ozil, Muller, Draxler; Gotze. 
Yo have to go back 21 years for the last time that Germany beat Italy in any capacity, with the Azzurri recording a seven-match unbeaten streak against the Nationalmannschaft. That run included semi-final victories at both Euro 2012 and the 2006 World Cup, while their most recent meeting was a 1-1 draw in Milan in November 2013. 
Italy recorded a 1-1 draw with Spain in a repeat of the Euro 2012 final, and have lost twice since crashing of the group stages of the 2014 World Cup. The Azzurri finished top of Group H in qualifying without losing a game, although with only 16 goals scored in 10 fixtures, there is definitely room for improvement in front of goal. 
Germany haven't exactly set the world alight since winning the 2014 World Cup. They finished top of their group in qualifying, but did not dominate a relatively easy group in the manner that many expected, while they also surrendered a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to England in their recent friendly a few days ago. 
Hello and welcome to our live commentary of the international friendly between Germany and Italy at the Allianz Arena. Both European heavyweights continue their Euro 2016 preparations here at the home of Bayern Munich in a rematch of the 2006 World Cup semi-final. Stick with us for all the action. 
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