Sami Khedira played 23 minutes as Germany ran riot away at Gibraltar on Saturday night, winning 7-0 at the Estadio Do Algarve.
Andre Schurrle and Max Kruse hit a hat-trick and brace respectively while further strikes from Ilkay Gundogan and Karim Bellarabi added gloss to a comprehensive Euro 2016 qualifying victory for last year’s World Cup winners.
Juventus’ latest signing Khedira replaced Gundogan at the midway point of the second half as Die Mannschaft kept to within one point of Group D pacesetters Poland who had beaten Georgia 4-0 a few hours earlier.
Elsewhere, both Patrice Evra and Paul Pogba featured in France’s 1-0 exhibition match loss to Albania at the Elbasan Arena.
The duo completed 90 and 45 minutes respectively but were unable to galvanise Les Bleus following Ergys Kace’s sublime free-kick just ahead of the half-time interval.
Carlos Tevez and Roberto Pereyra’s Argentina then rounded off Saturday’s international action by kicking off their Copa America Group B campaign with a 2-2 stalemate against Paraguay.
Quick-fire goals courtesy of Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi, the latter coming from the penalty spot, had seemingly put La Albiceleste in a commanding position at the break.
But Paraguay fought back thanks to Nelson Valdez’s long-range special on the hour mark, before Luca Barrios’ goal deep into stoppage time salvaged a point. Tevez had come on as a substitute for the final 15 minutes, while Pereyra remained on the bench throughout.
The World Cup runners-up will now look to put their opening game disappointment behind them when they lock horns with defending champions Uruguay in La Serena at 01.30 CEST on Wednesday morning.
Tonight sees two Juventus players in Euro 2016 qualifying action as Stephan Lichtsteiner’s Switzerland and Alvaro Morata’s Spain take to the field.
The Swiss continue their quest to be among the teams at next year’s tournament when they travel to face Group E’s fourth-placed Lithuania at the LFF Stadium from 20.45.
At the same time over in Barysaw meanwhile, European Championships holders Spain take on Belarus, looking to keep up the heat on Slovakia who currently occupy top spot in Group C.