Update (2:35PM EST): Video highlights of the game
More match practice this morning for @Manuel_Neuer, who played 60 minutes for the U20s against the first team.— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) May 30, 2018
And he made some fine saves too #ZSMMN #DieMannschaft pic.twitter.com/g4xaTcBRt7
Not quite the blowout we saw Monday, but the German first-team shutout their U-20 counterparts behind goals from Thomas Müller and Julian Draxler in a 2-0 win. Müller, who was in a role of playmaker on Monday, took matters into his own hands with his goal earlier today.
Draxler, who suffered through a nasty, yet inadvertent elbow from Leroy Sane in training yesterday, shook off that incident to also contribute to the offense as well.
#DieMannschaft defeated their under-20 counterparts in a friendly 2-0 this morning— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) May 30, 2018
Thomas Müller and Julian #Draxler got the goals ⚽ #ZSMMN pic.twitter.com/otznSxbI9K
Manuel Neuer played goalkeeper for the U-20 squad and was said to have “a lot to do” in his 70 minutes of game time. Playing against the first-team - with the U-20 defense in front of him - was exactly the type of pressure situation Neuer needed. In a recap by FCBayern.com, Germany assistant coach Thomas Schneider spoke about Neuer’s performance.
We had seen in the first game that we have earned many chances to score and Manuel wanted to go through a prolonged pressure situation and concentration phase. We are very, very confident for the tournament.
The set of matches was a primer for Germany’s friendly schedule, which includes dates against Austria on Saturday June 2nd (ESPN Deportes, 12:00PM EST) and Saudi Arabia on Friday June 8th (ESPN Deportes, 2:30PM EST).
As for injury updates, Jerome Boateng is still not fit and probably will not play against Austria on Saturday, while Mario Gomez had to train separately and is battling “muscle problems.” For Gomez, the injury is ill-timed, as the VfB Stuttgart man is in a heated battle with Nils Petersen for a spot on the roster.
Schneider says that Jerome Boateng won't play this Saturday, and that Mario Gomez is a potential doubt as he has muscle problems.— DW Sports (@dw_sports) May 30, 2018