Germany romped to an impressive 6-1 victory over Armenia in an international friendly at the Coface Arena in Mainz on Friday night.
Germany dominated the proceedings from the first whistle and came close to opening the scoring in the ninth minute when Andre Schurrle met a cross from Philipp Lahm, but his header went inches wide of the post.
Toni Kroos also came close to scoring in the 22nd minute, but his shot from just outside the box skimmed the top side of the crossbar.
Ten minutes later Jerome Boateng met a cross from Marco Reus, but his header went narrowly wide of the target from 12-yards out.
The half ended 0-0.
Germany finally made their pressure pay seven minutes into the second half when Schurrle turned home an inch perfect pass from Lukas Podolski from six-yards out, 1-0.
Mesut Ozil came close to finding his side’s second in the 65th minute when he hit the post with a left-footed shot from roughly 16-yards out.
Armenia then drew level in the 69th minute courtesy of a Henrikh Mkhitaryan penalty goal after Kevin Großkreutz pulled Gevorg Ghazaryan down inside the box, 1-1.
That goal seemed to awaken the German attack and two minutes later they re-took the lead when Lukas Podolski turned home an Ozil pass from 16-yards out, 2-1.
In the 74th minute Benedikt Howedes scored Germany’s third goal before Miroslav Klose added their fourth two minutes later, 4-1.
Mario Gotze concluded a positive evening for Germany with their fifth and sixth goals in the 82nd and 90th minute respectively, 6-1.
Elsewhere on the globe, both Poland and Russia ran out winners in international friendlies.
Goals from Vasiliy Berezutski and Yuri Zhirkov saw Russia beat Morocco 2-0 at the Stadion Lokomotiv in Moskva, Russia.
Goals from Arkadiusz Milik and Robert Lewandowski (penalty goal) saw Poland beat Lithuania 2-1 at the PGE Arena in Gdańsk.