Chelsea pair Kai Havertz and Timo Werner both scored in Germany’s 2-0 friendly victory over Israel at Sinsheim on Saturday.
Germany’s stand-in captain Thomas Mueller and Israel’s substitute Yonatan Cohen both missed late penalty chances after the Premier League duo scored first-half goals.
“On the whole, it was a good performance from us for the first game of the new year,” Werner told broadcaster ZDF.
The hosts had defended well, but “in the last quarter of an hour, we gave away too many balls,” Germany centre-back Nico Schlotterbeck said.
Hansi Flick, the team’s head coach, has now won his first eight internationals, extending his unbeaten streak.
“I’m satisfied – we played very courageously and pressed hard,” said Flick.
“I think it’s great how the team earned it’s own rewards – we have now scored six goals from set pieces in eight games.”
An experimental German team had little trouble grabbing a 2-0 lead at halftime thanks to 19-year-old Bayern Munich star Jamal Musiala in the attacking midfield role.
The hosts dominated the first half but sat back after the interval, three days before the Germans meet the Netherlands in their next friendly in Amsterdam.
Both of the goals were scored in dead-ball situations. Havertz finally broke the deadlock with a header from a corner, making up for wasting an earlier chance.
Narrowly before the half-time whistle, Werner delivered a magnificent finish to send a free-kick just inside the near post.
In his last six appearances for Germany, he has scored six goals. Israel, which did not qualify for the World Cup, rarely crossed the German border.