Source: China State Council Information Office
Luca Waldschmidt’s sole goal was enough for a much-changed Germany side to extend their unbeaten run to ten games after beating the Czech Republic 1-0 in an international friendly on Wednesday.
The Germans secured a bright start on home soil and needed only 13 minutes to break the deadlock after Philipp Max’s pinpoint cross into the box found Waldschmidt, who made no mistake and poked home the opener from close range.
Joachim Low’s men controled proceedings on the pitch but lacked in accuracy in front goal, as debutant Ridle Baku failed to beat Czech goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka in the 28th minute.
Julian Brandt should have made it 2-0 four minutes later, but he missed the target from 13 meters following a misplaced pass from defender Vaclav Jamelka.
Germany remained wasteful with their opportunities as substitute Nadiem Amiri squandered a double chance with only Pavlenka to beat before the half-time whistle.
After the restart, chances were at premium as Germany wasn’t able to keep its first-half pace and retracted with the narrow lead.
Germany had to wait until the 77th minute for their next noteworthy chance, as Florian Neuhaus rattled the woodwork with a hammer from the edge of the box.
The Czech Republic almost punished the hosts for their wastefulness in front of goal, but Germany keeper Kevin Trapp was on guard to keep a clean sheet after saving Matej Vydra’s close-range header in the 82nd minute.
“Giving the fact that we played with a very much-changed team I am actually satisfied with today’s performance. In the first half, we created a lot of chances but missed out on doubling the advantage. In the second half we protected the lead as we wanted to secure a win,” said Germany head coach Joachim Low.
On Saturday, Germany clash with Ukraine in the UEFA Nations League, while the Czech Republic take on Israel