Chelseas Willian (centre) celebrates with Cesar Azpilicueta (top) and Branislav Ivanovic (left) after scoring the second against Schalke 04  in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Bernd Thissen / EPA

Schalke 0 Chelsea 5Roberto di Matteo had been right to suppose sentimentality would go ignored against the team he had guided to Champions League succ(...)

 Ulf Schott: “After the World Cup in France, however, everybody said, ‘okay, yes, we have to do far more’.”

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Germany’s Mario Götze scores the winner past Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero as  Ezequiel Garay looks on at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: David Gray / Reuters

Germany 1 Argentina 0 (after extra-time) It came later, much later, than the one that decided the final they fought out in Rome’s Olympic stadi(...)

 Thomas Müller works on his basketball skills before the Germany squad started  practice at Castelo Stadium in Fortaleza ahead of their World Cup Group G match against Ghana. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

His side was Europe’s most prolific in qualifying and if Joachim Löw was ever concerned about the fact they also conceded more than other group win(...)

Pepe clashes with Germany’s Thomas Müller in the incident which led to the Portugal defender’s sending off in the opening Group G World Cup clash in Salvador. Photograph: Ali Haider/EPA. 1:25

Germany 4 Portugal 0 More than 500 years after the Portuguese first came ashore here in Salvador, their latest assault on Brazil is in danger o(...)

Germany defender Benedikt Höwedes (left) was uninjured after the car in which he was travelling was involved in a crash during a Mercedes-Benz advertising shoot in Italy. A 63-year-old man was airlifted to hospital after the incident. Photgraph:    Andreas Gebert/EPA

Two people were injured, one seriously, when a car driven by a 19-year-old touring car driver crashed during an advertising shoot involving members of(...)

Germany manager Joachim Löw will be without Gomez and Höwedes. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

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 Mario Gomez and Jerome Boateng during a Germany training session last week. Photograph: Lisi Niesner/Reuters

Germany coach Joachim Löw will wait until a final training session on to see if central defender Benedikt Höwedes and striker Mario Gomez will (...)