World champions Germany produced a thoroughly professional performance against San Marino to record a 8-0 victory at the Olimpico di Serravalle on Friday.
• San Marino 0 Germany 8
• Khedira opens scoring
• Gnabry nets debut goal
• Hector makes it 3-0 before HT
• Gnabry and Hector add three more
• Stefanelli scores OG
• Volland ends the scoring
Three first-half goals from Sami Khedira, Serge Gnabry and Jonas Hector handed the Germans a comfortable lead at the half-time whistle.
Gnabry and Hector added three more shortly after the break with the Werder Bremen forward completing his hat-trick after 76 minutes.
Mattia Stefanelli’s own goal and a Kevin Volland strike minutes before time ended the scoring at 8-0.
In what was always likely to be a walk-over for Germany against a team ranked 201st in the world, the visitors got their Group C clash underway in emphatic fashion.
Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan linked up well with Sami Khedira for the Juventus man to open the scoring in the seventh minute.
Former Arsenal forward Gnabry then marked his senior international debut with a great goal to make it 2-0 a couple of minutes later.
With two goals in the opening 10 minutes, it looked as if the Germans would score with every attack but La Serenissima held firm until the 32nd minute.
Left-back Hector was brilliantly teed up by playmaker Mario Gotze for their third of the evening, which proved to be the last goal of the half.
The second half was always going to be damage control for Pierangelo Manzaroli’s men and their youthful opponents were running riot.
Two Olympic stars combined for the fourth goal when Joshua Kimmich brilliantly set Gnabry up to complete his brace just before the hour mark.
The fifth of the night was a bit of deja vu when Gotze played through Hector – as he did before the break – to also grab his second goal of the game.
Gnabry then made sure he ended up going home with the match ball in the 76th minute as Thomas Muller and the Werder Bremen youngster combined well for the sixth – and his hat-trick.
Stefanelli’s own goal and Volland’s strike finished off the scoring late on.