Germany 2-0 Peru: Fullkrug at the double for Die Mannschaft
Germany’s first game following their World Cup disappointment ended in a routine 2-0 friendly victory over Peru, though Kai Havertz faltered from the penalty spot.
Hansi Flick’s team bowed out in the group stage in Qatar but began their preparations for Euro 2024 in convincing fashion on Saturday.
Niclas Fullkrug’s double had put Germany into a commanding lead in Mainz by the time Havertz hit the upright with a 75th-minute spot-kick.
His finish on the rebound was disallowed due to no other player touching the ball, though it was merely a small blot on an otherwise accomplished Germany display.
Havertz and Fullkrug were rare bright sparks from the World Cup and it was the duo who combined for the opening goal, when the latter finished crisply from the Chelsea forward’s knockdown.
Having just denied Matthias Ginter, Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese could not keep out Fullkrug’s crisp finish after Havertz had chested the ball into the striker’s path.
Germany seemed certain to be 2-0 up when Havertz and then Timo Werner had acres of space to shoot from close range, yet Gallese’s superb double save kept them at bay.
Gallese was helpless to prevent Fullkrug tucking home his second just after the half-hour — the striker turning in from Marius Wolf’s excellent cross.
Luis Advincula’s block denied Fullkrug a third before the break, while Serge Gnabry struck the crossbar with an audacious overhead attempt on the hour mark.
Nico Schlotterbeck had a valid penalty appeal dismissed soon after — but referee Maria Ferrieri Caputi changed her decision after consulting the pitchside monitor.
Havertz failed to capitalise, with much of the crowd seemingly unaware as to why exactly his finish at the second attempt had been disallowed, though Peru never looked likely to make Germany rue that ruling.