Germany vs Latvia Friendly International LIVE Football Score 7 June 2021
Germany host Latvia at Merkur Spiel-Arena in Dusseldorf on Monday in an international friendly ahead of their Euro 2020 campaign beginning against France eight days later.
Latvia, meanwhile, set up a decider against Estonia to determine who will lift the Baltic Cup after beating neighbours Lithuania 3-1 on Friday.
Germany played a friendly during the week themselves, drawing 1-1 at home to Denmark on Wednesday.
Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus scored only his second international goal to break the deadlock three minutes after half time, before RB Leipzig forward Yussuf Poulsen snatched a share of the spoils for the Danes 12 minutes from time.
Joachim Low, who will depart the Germany dugout at the end of this summer’s major tournament after 15 years in charge of the national team, will have been reasonably encouraged by his side’s performance, having restricted Denmark to only one shot on target across the 90 minutes.
The 61-year-old reintroduced Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller into his starting XI in a false nine role, with Muller’s club teammates Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry making penetrative runs beyond him. Low will hope to build on this formula with a convincing victory against the Latvians on Monday.
Latvia once famously drew 0-0 against Germany at their only ever major tournament appearance during Euro 2004, but they have fallen a long way down the international pecking order since then.
Led by Dainis Kazakevics, who coached Latvia’s Under-21s between 2013 and 2020, 11 Vilki currently find themselves 138th in the FIFA rankings, with only six nations from UEFA ranking lower than them.
However, after a 3-1 win against Lithuania on Friday, Kazakevics has the chance to secure a minor form of glory by beating Estonia on Thursday to retain the Baltic Cup. This would be Latvia’s 14th triumph in the unofficial tournament in their history, which would put them four ahead of Lithuania.
- Müller earned his 101st senior cap against Denmark, two years, six months and 15 days after last representing Germany in UEFA Nations League action.
- Fellow 2014 World Cup winner Hummels experienced the same waiting time between his 70th and 71st caps.
- Neuer will become the 13th player in Germany history to reach 100 international appearances, albeit the first goalkeeper.
- The aforementioned trio, along with Toni Kroos, are four surviving members of Germany’s World Cup-winning team. They were also part of the Germany squad that reached the Euro 2016 semi-finals, as were Emre Can, Bernd Leno, Joshua Kimmich and Leroy Sane.
- Musiala is the youngest player in Germany’s Euro 2020 squad. He turned 18 in February.
- Serge Gnabry has scored 15 goals in 20 senior international appearances.