Mesut Özil scored his 19th goal for Germany on Tuesday night from the penalty spot as the world champions eased past Italy in their last game before the end of the season.
After shining in the qualification for the 2014 World Cup, OÖzil hadn’t scored for his country since netting in the World Cup last 16 defeat of Algeria in July 2014.
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The penalty was ultimately an irrelevant one, sending the hosts 4-0 up on their way to a 4-1 win at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
Once again, the midfielder was asked to complete 90 minutes for his country. Özil has started and completed every Germany game he’s appeared in since the World Cup quarter-final, a run now up to 15 matches. Considering he went into the international break with a knock on his ankle it seems a little inconsiderate of Joachim Löw to use him for 180 minutes over the course of two friendlies in the past few days.
At least Mesut managed to grab a goal. He’s missed the two penalties taken in his Arsenal career to score one against a keeper with the ability of Gianluigi Buffon should do him some good.
Finally, after 10 Germany appearances, Özil has scored his 19th international goal.