Jack Fitzpatrick’s Germany side laid down the gauntlet on Tuesday night in their Group F clash with defending world champions France as part of the ElectroCity FIFA 20 European Championships.
Recording the biggest win of the tournament to date – a 9-1 drubbing including five of the best for Timo Werner – Fitzpatrick made a statement against France.
If you think that result wasn’t crazy enough, check out what happened when Iceland and Portugal met at the same time.
A match that showed so much potential in our previously touted ‘group of death’ got the scoring underway early in the first half, Werner dummying Hugo Lloris to cut back for Marco Reus to open the German account (14).
Griezmann went close to equalising, ter Stegen forced to full stretch (17) to parry clea from close range.
The link up play between Reus and Werner was a sight to behold only moments later, quick exchanges between the two unleashing Werner in the box for his first of five on the night (20).
A fisted clearance sparked Germany’s third, again worked well between Reus and Werner for the Leipzig departee’s second of the night (41).
Gnabry added (43) his first two minutes later before Werner completed his hat-trick, flicking left foot to right to fire from distance and make it 5-0 at the break.
Reus had his timing down to a fine art in the first half and continued to press into the second, adding Germany’s sixth with barely three minutes on the clock (48).
He connected well with Werner again (51) to tee up Germany’s second of the half and seventh of the game, Lloris with no answer for the German offensive.
Ben Yedder provided a glimpse of what France should be capable of, squeezing a pass beyond Ginter and onto the right foot of Paul Pogba to fire home from 12 yards for the World champions’ only goal of the game (71).
The German rout was complete with Gnabry (81) and Werner (90) silencing the already quiet French crowd at the death.