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Full Time: Germany thrashes Armenia 6-0

Hansi Flick’s starters dominated the first half. After an hour, the youngsters who came on for Germany maintained the pressure.

Germany v Armenia - 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

90+3 — After three minutes of stoppage time, the final whistle is blown.


90’ — GOAL GERMANY! Wirtz and Adeyemi combine beautifully on the attack, playing two rapid passes to one another before Adeyemi scores Germany’s sixth goal and his own first for his country. Gratulation, Karim!


86’ — Rüdiger heads the ball wide of goal off a corner kick.


82’ — A goal by Werner on a throughball from Wirtz is ruled offside. Germany is still chasing that sixth goal.

Now Kehrer makes way for another debutee, David Raum.


78’ — Armenia make a rare foray into Germany’s penalty area. Geloyan’s cross is off target, though, and skips harmlessly across the face of goal out of reach. Then an offsides call nullifies the play anyway.


72’ — Karim Adeyemi makes his debut for Germany, replacing Gnabry.


62’ — These kids don’t mess around! Musiala makes a run up the left, finds Wirtz. Wirtz eludes his man deep inside the box and passes toward the penalty spot. The ball eventually reaches Hofmann, but this time his shot is cleared off the line. On the very next possession, Musiala forces a save on another run into the box.


60’ — Triple substitution for Germany: Jamal Musiala comes on for his Bayern teammate Sané. Florian Wirtz comes on for Reus, and Ilkay Gündogan relieves Kimmich.


55’ — Germany nearly adds a sixth goal: Werner feeds a perfect cross to Gnabry, but the latter just can’t connect with the ball and it flies by.


53’ — GOAL GERMANY! Jonas Hofmann waits for the ball to drop just beyond Armenia’s penalty arc: he strikes it on the volley cleanly and sends it skipping into the net beyond the keeper’s reach. It is his first goal for Germany. Gratulation, Jonas!


48’ — Cheers from the fans for Leroy Sané as he plays some fantastic defense and effectively wrestles his counterpart Bayramyan off the ball.


46’ — We’re back. Armenia starts in possession this time. They have work to do. Niklas Süle defuses an initial attack.


Halftime.


44’ — GOAL GERMANY! Timo Werner makes it four, but it was Leon Goretzka who initiated the attack with an unlikely run up the left flank. The ball came back to Kimmich who patiently held it until he delivered a perfect pass to Goretzka, still on the left. Goretzka headed it down inside the box, where Werner finished.


35’ — GOAL GERMANY! Marko Reus makes it three, taking a decisive central shot after Werner acrobatically redirects a cross to him.


33’ — Reus shoots a rocket on target, but it is blocked by the keeper.


32’ — Adamyan receives a good ball and dashes off toward goal. Rüdiger cannot match his pace, but he manages to apply enough pressure to force a poor shot that Neuer easily collects.


28’ — Werner misses two chances within a minute. The first, he received a beautiful forward pass from Reus, but could not convert. Second, a poor goal kick is intercepted and sent his way, but he found himself just behind the incoming ball.


25’ — Armenia briefly interrupts the one-way traffic, as Mkhitaryan launches a counter, but Kehrer stands firm and deflects a cross harmlessly toward Neuer.


22’ — Sané takes a fantastic, curling shot that ricochets off the lower part of the cross bar. So close! A minute later, Germany win yet another chance, as Werner misses a cross from Reus and this time Gnabry cannot take a shot.


15’ — Leroy Sané dribbles around a clumsy defender and delivers a good ball to Reus in the box. Reus crosses right as Werner advances. Werner misses the ball, but Gnabry is at the ready past him and his shot is unstoppable. The pot is stirred again.


13’ — Rüdiger plays a lazy back pass to Manuel Neuer that Armenia nearly collects. Fortunately for Germany, Neuer dashes forward to kick the ball back upfield.


6’ — GOAL GERMANY! Leon Goretzka plays a one-touch pass to Serge Gnabry out right as he runs into the penalty area. He fires the ball beautifully into the net at the far post, despite the difficult angle.


5’ — First big chance of the game goes to Germany. Timo Werner and Gnabry win a corner off a furious charge into the penalty area. Thilo Kehrer leaps incredibly high to head the ball from Kimmich just over the bar.


Kickoff. The game is underway. Hansi Flick’s first home game as Germany manager.


Pregame: Manuel Neuer and Thomas Müller are honored for surpassing 100 caps for Germany. Müller puts his cap on for the photo.

Both teams hold a moment of silence for Gerd Müller.


One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! Jonas Hoffman comes in for Ridle Baku, while Serge Gnabry and Marco Reus are added to the lineup.


Germany are halfway through the international break, and things are already less excruciating than they were under Jogi Low. While Liechtenstein made a tough opponent in the opener, Flick’s side eventually dispatched them through sheer offensive pressure. Things are set to be much more even against Armenia, who probably won’t just park the bus and hope for a draw.

Hansi Flick will have the services of Manuel Neuer back for this game, and he also has the opportunity to experiment with players who sat out on Wednesday. This includes the likes of Marco Reus, Serge Gnabry, and Leon Goretzka, plus a possible new left-back debut for either David Raum or Keven Schlotterbeck. In his second match in charge of Bayern Munich, Hansi Flick managed to beat Dortmund 4-0. Will his second match with Germany contain similar fireworks?


Match Info

Location: Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart, Germany

Time: 8:45 pm local time, 2:45 pm EST

TV/streaming: ESPN+, Find Your Country

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