Germany - Toni Kroos 24', Mario Götze 43', Jonas Hector 59', Mesut Özil 75' (pg)
Italy - Stephan El Shaarawy 83'
Germany are back in the winning vein with an emphatic win in Munich, as Jogi secures his first-ever success over the Italians and Germany's biggest margin of victory against them for eighty years.
Gala Display in Munich as Die Mannschaft thrash lethargic Italy - with minute-by-minute report on the game.
"We played cleverly today, defended well and attacked well. Mesut Özil and Toni Kroos did their jobs at defensive midfield brilliantly." - from dfb.de
"We lost our concentration and discipline against England, and we were not convincing. It was better against Italy, but we still have to work on these things. It's understandable that we weren't playing to the limit the whole time, but we certainly have a chance when the team is playing well. Nevertheless, there are still a few things that are important and we have to improve, such as how the defensive performance, starting attacking moves and making runs."
"We've not had something like this against Italy for a long time, but we played clever, defended well and attacked well. It was a good game from us tonight,'' Low told ARD television. "All of our players fulfilled their jobs really well.Joachim Löw hopeful Mario Götze's Germany goal will turn season around
"Mario earned this [performance] 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.Löw: "Götze has worked hard" - a summary of post match comments on dfb.de
When asked why Marc-Andre ter Stegen was chosen for goalkeeping duties in the absence of Manuel Neuer, he explained "Marc has not been with us for a while so we wanted to see him in action again. He was a little hesitant on a couple of occasions when he was called on to release the ball, and he has to watch out for that and find an option a little quicker. But he still played well - he handled what was thrown at him today very well. He has a certain calmness and aura at the back."
"The fact we didn't pull out all the stops is understandable, but when the teams plays well, then we have options."Nevertheless, there are a few areas such as our behaviour in defence, our build-up play and our running patterns which we must improve on."When asked about who had most impressed him, Joachim Löw said he did not want to single out any particular player, but that they have all done well. Special praise for the three-man defence whom he called tactically outstanding. Jonas Hector and Sebastian Rudy, he said were full of energy on the wings and were excellent going forward. "The team played with great discipline and concentration and particularly expressed their technical qualities."
"Wir haben ein sehr gutes Spiel gemacht" - post-match media interview
Player ratings from dw.com
Looking ahead to the next major date in the calender - the selection of his preliminary squad on 17 May - Jogi joked that the job had been made easier with everyone now being in form, but said a lot would depend on what happens in the upcoming weeks. It was, however, clear that in the Italy game many players had fought hard for their place.
Match highlights from tv.dfb.de
Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Jonas Hector (Matthias Ginter), Antonio Rüdiger, Mats Hummels, Shkodran Mustafi, Sebastian Rudy, Toni Kroos (Christoph Kramer), Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler (Kevin Volland), Mario Götze (Marco Reus), Thomas Müller (Emre Can)
Thomas Müller was given the Germany captain's armband for the first time.
With the defeat by England, it was to be expected, I suppose, that we woke up on the morning of the Italy game to the keyboard know-it-alls yet again telling Jogi how to do his job.
Three things Löw must address for Germany's Italy challenge, and beyond
The players Joachim Löw has to bring in to his squad - immediately.
Neuer withdraws from the squad - 28 March 2016
Training, Munich, 28 March 2016
At the press conference the day before the England match, Jogi confirmed that Mario Götze will start against Italy. He did not watch the game between Spain and Italy but heard that Italy were very strong. "Italy are always one of the favourites for a European Championship, but this is not a surprise", he said. - 25 March 2016
On his Italian opponents, when the squad were announced "They also qualified without losing. Italy are clever and efficient. They are incredibly well organised and move around tactically at the absolute highest level. The Italian team is experienced, well coordinated and it is a real challenge to beat them." - 18 March 2016
The full squad and team news ahead of the March friendlies can be found on my England match page.
Last updated 31 March 2016