Football news - Leroy Sane scores his first international goal as Germany put three past Russia
International friendly, Red Bull Arena – Germany 3 (Sane 8, Sule 25, Gnabry 40) Russia 0.
Leroy Sane scored his first international goal as Germany’s young guns swept aside Russia 3-0 at home.
The hosts’ front three of Serge Gnabry, Timo Werner and Sane along with Kai Havertz were rampant as they aimed to end a run of two defeats on the spin and the Manchester City winger scored the opener to finish off a sweeping move early on.
The Russians, who were without several star players including Aleksandr Golovin, were outpaced and outclassed and Sane should have had a hat-trick by the break.
Leroy Sane of Germany shake hands after his substitution with Head coach Joachim Loew of Germany during the International Friendly match between Germany and Russia at Red Bull Arena on November 15, 2018 in Leipzig, Germany.Getty Images
But the goals still kept coming with Niklas Sule tapping the ball home after Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger’s flick on and Bayern Munich winger Gnabry netted a deserved goal with a first-time strike to make it 3-0.
The second half was disrupted by a string of substitutions from both sides although Germany still enjoyed around 70 per cent of the possession. The visitors improved with Aleksey Miranchuk spearheading the attack with substitute Anton Zabolotny after switching formation.
But under-fire Manuel Neuer kept a clean-sheet as Joachim Low’s side showed they can perform without the old guard of Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos ahead of the Nations League clash with Holland on Monday.
A turning point for Low? Defeat would have meant three in a row and a new low under Low following the disastrous World Cup campaign. But this new-look side have plenty of pace and width although the lack of a genuine target man in the mould of Miroslav Klose remains an issue.
Head coach Joachim Loew of Germany gestures during the International Friendly match between Germany and Russia at Red Bull Arena on November 15, 2018 in Leipzig, Germany.Getty Images
MAN OF THE MATCH
Serge Gnabry (Germany): The winger was electric, setting up Sane before scoring one himself. He has come on leaps and bounds since his time at Arsenal and at 23 years old is spearheading the next generation of talent for Des Mannschaft.
Serge Gnabry of Germany scores his team's third goal during the International Friendly match between Germany and Russia at Red Bull Arena on November 15, 2018 in Leipzig, Germany.Getty Images
GERMANY: Neuer 5, Kehrer 6, Hector 6, Ginter 5, Werner 5, Sule 7, Rudiger 7, Kimmich 5, Sane 8, Gnabry 9, Havertz 8. Subs: Tah 5, Brandt 6, Rudy 5, Schulz n/a, Muller n/a, Goretzka n/a,
RUSSIA: Lunev 6, Nababkin 4, Neustädter 7, Dzhikiya 6, Rausch 5, Gazinski 4, Kuzyaev 5, Ionov 5, A. Miranchuk 5, Erokhin 4, Ari 5. Subs: Zabolotny 5, Miranchuk 5, Kambolov n/a, Poloz n/a, Semenov n/a.
8’ - GOAL FOR GERMANY! Gnabry latches onto a deft through-ball from Ginter and squares it to Sane who slots it home.
40’ - GOAL FOR THE GERMANS! Gnabry with a deserved goal after a first-time strike from just inside the box from Havertz's pass.
48’ - CLOSE! Kuzyaev finds Ionov who has only Neuer to beat but drags his effort wide from around 12 yards out..
Gnabry has scored 4 goals in his first 4 games for his country, twice as many as record goal scorer Miroslav Klose in his first 4 games.
Russia have won just one of their last seven friendlies on the road.