Germany 2-0 Hungary: Hosts end Euro 2016 preparations on a high

Die Nationalmannschaft warmed up for the Euros with an easy victory.

Germany 2-0 Hungary: Hosts end Euro 2016 preparations on a high
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Germany: (4-2-3-1) Neuer; Höwedes, Boateng, Rüdiger, Hector (Can 46'); Khedira (Gomez 46'), Kroos (Schweinsteiger 68'); Müller (Sané 69'), Özil, Draxler (Schürrle 60'); Götze (Podolski 79').
Hungary: (4-3-3) Kiraly; Fiola (Base 82'), Lang, Guzmics, Kadar; Kleinheisler (Stieber 82'), Nagy, Pintér (Gera 59'); Dzsudszák, Szalai (Priskin 64'), Lovrencsics.
SCORE: 1-0, Lang OG 39'. 2-0, Müller 63'.
REFEREE: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE). Booked: Kroos (36'), Kleinheisler (42'), Gera (90+1').

Germany secured a reasonably comfortable 2-0 win over Hungary in their final game before heading for France.

An Adam Lang own-goal and Thomas Müller's tap-in gave the home crowd something to cheer after their recent woes outside of competitive action.

Coming into the game off the back of their third friendly defeat in four, Joachim Löw was keen to avoid yet another loss. He fielded a team that looks likely to be close to the one we will see next weekend, as only Jerome Boateng, Antonio Rüdiger, Jonas Hector, Sami Khedira and Julian Draxler kept their places from the Slovakia defeat.

For Hungary, this clash came 15 days after their other preparation match for the Euros. They drew 0-0 with the Ivory Coast in that tussle, and Bernd Storck kept a largely unchanged side together for this game. Richárd Guzmics and Gregö Lovrencsics were the only new faces brought in, as Roland Juhász and Adam Gyursco missed out.

Early openings for Germany

The hosts almost had the perfect start to the game when Mario Götze's cross-cum-shot fell for Draxler at the back post. The former Schalke man duly tapped into the open net, only to see the linesman's flag raised; Draxler was, however, clearly onside. The winger was causing more problems moments later, only for Götze's shot to be blocked.

There was a huge moment of concern for the Germans, though, when Boateng went down with more groin problems. He was okay to continue, however. Thomas Müller was next to strike at goal, only to see his powerful shot expertly tipped around the post by an outstretched Gabor Kiraly.

Manuel Neuer enjoyed a relatively quiet evening in goal. | Image source: kicker - Getty Images
Manuel Neuer enjoyed a relatively quiet evening in goal. | Image source: kicker - Getty Images

Breakthrough for the hosts

After that, the tempo dropped slightly. Rüdiger and Adam Pintér both had excellent headed opportunities but neither could quite direct them on target. Pintér then rattled the woodwork with a powerful volley; the crowd would have been forgiven for thinking that this was a repeat of what had gone before against Slovakia.

There was more concern for Germany leading into the break as Khedira went down and needed a spell of treatment. But, like Boateng, he was quickly on his feet once more. Just moments later, the hosts went ahead. Jonas Hector's cross was too hot to handle for Lang, who only succeeded in deflecting it past the helpless Kiraly.

Stale second half

Unlike the pace and lively nature present in the first half, the second 45 struggled to get going. The only major moment came after an hour, as Germany managed to scored a second goal. Boateng's ball to the back post was headed across goal by Mario Gomez, and brilliantly stopped by Kiraly. However, Müller as on hand to tap into an empty net.

The remainder of the second half was littered with substitutions, and meant the game failed to find any sort of flow. It does mean that the Germans have some sort of confidence boost coming into their first game against Ukraine, as well as having Boateng and Khedira get through the remainder of the game without further woe.