Germany rallied to redeem themselves after a 3-2 defeat by England, beating Italy in emphatic style with a 4-1 win in Munich.
The Germans would avoid a third straight loss as they took their first win over the Azzurri since 1995. Toni Kroos struck for Germany once again before Mario Gotze’s header provided the host with a two-goal cushion just before the break.
But if there were any worry that they would slip up, left-back Jonas Hector allayed them as he struck one past numerous defenders. Mesut Ozil then stepped up for a penalty to make it 4-0 with 15 minutes left.
Stephan El Shaarawy then registered a consolation for the visiting Italians later on.
Germany coach Joachim Löw hopes that Mario Götze’s goal and overall performance in Germany’s 4-1 victory against Italy on Tuesday will boost the attacking midfielder’s confidence. The 23-year old had struggled for playing time in Bayern Munich since a five-month injury break ended in February.
“Mario earned this himself,” Löw told reporters. “I can understand why he may be playing less at Bayern at the moment because they have a great squad and he was injured for a long time.
“But Mario has worked hard in the past weeks, he did individual training sessions to get back to his best and I hope the game today gave him the self-confidence he needs for the coming weeks.”
Meanwhile, England was brought down from cloud nine after a 2-1 loss against the Netherlands, albeit with a much changed side.
The Three Lions were on the receiving end of a comeback this time, as Jamie Vardy opened the scoreboard for the team with assist from Kyle Walker.
But after the break Danny Rose handled, conceding a penalty which Vincent Janssen converted. The big striker then proved himself once again with size advantage, overpowering substitute Phil Jagielka before crossing for Luciano Narsingh to complete the comeback with 13 minutes of play left.
Roy Hodgson had warned that the English team must not get carried away after victory in Germany. This defeat enforces that argument in case anyone ignored that warning, for it was a defeat against a Dutch team that will not even be in the Euros this summer.