Germany bounced back from their defeat to England by belting Italy 4-1 in Munich on Tuesday. It was Germany’s first win against the Azzurri since 1995. Well played, Germany, well played. The Azzurri had gotten the better of their rivals in nearly every meeting before today's, including the semifinals of both the 2006 World Cup and the 2012 Euros.
It was always going to be tough for Italy, who started the match nicely, only for Die Mannschaft to take a strong hold of the game in the 24th minute. Toni Kroos whacked a wonder of a goal just past Buffon to give his team a 1-0 lead. The assist? Thomas Muller, who was captaining the side with Bastian Schweinsteiger out with an injured knee.
Muller would again find himself with an assist in the 45th minute, this time setting up Mario Gotze with a swinging pass allowing Gotze to head it in with ease. The third goal would come from Jonas Hector in the 59th minute after some brilliant play from Julian Draxler, with Germany’s fourth and final goal coming from Mesut Ozil, who took it from the penalty spot in the 75th minute after Buffon had taken down Sebastian Rudy.
Italy did find a consolation goal however, in Stephan El Shaarawy via a deflection off Antonio Rudiger which saw the ball loop into the net, which at least stopped Germany from holding a clean sheet.
How did AC Milan players fare?
Montolivo 5/10 - Montolivo started the match but found it tough to contain the German midfield, who took tight control. He had a good chance at goal in the second half, but instead of putting it past Ter Stegen (Which he really should have), he smashed it wide of goal.
Luca Antonelli NA - Came on for Simone Zaza in the closing stages of the match, failing to make a significant impact on the game itself.
Mattia De Sciglio wasn't in the final squad.