Germans drill 7 past Latvia, ready for Euros

Dusseldorf (Germany), June 8

Germany warmed up for the European Championship with a 7-1 rout of Latvia in its last friendly game before the tournament.

Kai Havertz was involved in three of Germany’s five first half goals on Monday before making way for Chelsea teammate Timo Werner for the second half, and Thomas Muller also scored — his first since he was recalled to the team in time for the tournament that starts on Friday.

Latvia reported a positive result for the coronavirus among the team hours before kickoff.

Germany will face tougher opposition in its opening game against world champions France in Munich on June 15. They also face Portugal and Hungary in Group F.

Elsewhere, Andriy Yarmolenko scored twice — including a penalty — as Ukraine eased to a 4-0 win over 10-man Cyprus in its final warm-up game. Ukraine is in Group C with Austria, the Netherlands and North Macedonia.

The visitors’ hopes of an upset were effectively ended when Antreas Panayiotou was sent off after conceding the first of two penalties in the 36th minute. Oleksandr Zinchenko scored the other penalty and Roman Yaremchuk got the other goal.

Ukraine is in Group C with Austria, the Netherlands and North Macedonia. Also, the Faeroe Islands routed Lichtenstein 5-1 and Andorra drew with Gibraltar 0-0. — AP

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