Shell-shocked Germany hunt a rare win over bogey side Italy in a
friendly international in Munich on Tuesday as the world champions seek
to bounce back from their defeat to England.
Joachim Loew's Germany threw away a two-goal lead in Berlin on Saturday to slump to a 3-2 loss against Roy Hodgson's England.
"That was a wake-up call," fumed Germany's captain Sami Khedira, a
stand-in with Bastian Schweinsteiger ruled out of the Italy friendly
with a knee injury.
Most worrying for Loew was the way his defence buckled without his
World Cup-winning centre-backs Mats Hummels, who went off injured, and
Jerome Boateng, who is nursing a groin problem.
Loew will demand an improved performance against Italy at Munich's
Allianz Arena in his final international before naming his squad in May
for Euro 2016, which runs from June 10-July 10.
Germany are still waiting for a first win over Italy at a major
tournament -- they have won none of their three meetings at European
championships or five at the World Cup.
In the 32 meetings between the two European powerhouses, Germany have
won just seven games, all friendlies and qualifiers, with Italy winning
15 and the other ten games drawn.
Germany left Warsaw empty handed when the sides last met nearly four
years ago at Euro 2012 as two Mario Balotelli first-half goals sealed
their 2-1 semifinal win.
Antonio Conte's Italy warmed up for the Munich match with a 1-1 draw
against defending European champions Spain in Udine on Thursday.
The draw ended Spain's six-match winning run as Lorenzo Insigne gave
Italy a second-half lead before veteran Spanish striker Aritz Aduriz
equalised just three minutes later.