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International Friendly

Wednesday, 3 September 2014,

Germany
2
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Full Time
Live
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4
Argentina
  • Kickoff: 19:45 BST
  • Stadium: ESPRIT arena
  • Referee: -
  • Stadium: ESPRIT arena
  • Attendance: 51,132
  • 52' André Schürrle
  • 78' Mario Götze
  • 20' Sergio Agüero
  • 40' Erik Lamela
  • 47' Federico Fernández
  • 50' Ángel Di María

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has been named as Germany's new captain, assuming the role vacated by Philipp Lahm following his retirement after the World Cup final.

Germany coach Joachim Low announced the Bayern Munich midfielder as his captain ``for the next two years'' at a press conference in Dusseldorf on Tuesday, although the 30-year-old will not feature in Wednesday's repeat of the World Cup final against Argentina due to injury.

``I know I can always rely on him,'' Low said. ``Just look at the World Cup final and how important he was.

``He has an immense level of experience and a high degree of acceptance within the team and from the coaches.

``He's a great communicator and that's important for the players.

``I know he's injured now, but it's not so bad that he'll be out for months.

``I trust him unreservedly. He has the big aim of winning Euro 2016 and I felt that he is still very ambitious.''

Low shares that ambition, saying he already has his sights set on glory in France.

``Our next big aim after winning the World Cup has got to be the final in Paris and the journey there starts on Sunday with the game against Scotland,'' he said.

``We've always got to aim to get better, you can't just stand still. We will be facing sides even more motivated against us now.

``We've got some new players who we will try to integrate and the aim has always got to be to get better and better. We know where we can still improve.''

Low will be using Wednesday night's friendly against Argentina to assess which players can fill the voids left by Per Mertesacker, Lahm and Miroslav Klose following their retirements, although he insists there is ``not going to be a major revolution''.

``As a coach, you've just got to accept and respect their retirements,'' Low said.

``Obviously I would have liked to have carried on with them, but this is now a chance for younger players to come through and there are talented players out there who now have more chance to develop in preparation for the next step.''

The first step will be taken without Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels, who both have knocks and will pick up training again on Thursday.

Sami Khedira may also miss out, which is why Low has called up Hoffenheim's Sebastian Rudy as extra cover.

Lionel Messi will be missing for Argentina due to a groin injury while new Argentina coach Gerardo Martino only got to see his first squad on Tuesday after coaching a charity game in Rome on Monday night.

Rodrigo Palacio, Ezequiel Garay and Maximiliano Rodriguez are also absent for a weakened Argentina side who lost the match that mattered against Germany in Rio de Janeiro, when Alejandro Sabella was in charge.

91'+4

End Regular Time

91'+3

Fernando Gago (Argentina) Foul at 94'

91'+1

Cristoph Kramer (Germany) Foul at 92'

91'

Kevin Grosskreutz (Germany) Foul at 91'

88'

Mario Götze (Germany) Corner Kick at 88'

87'

Antonio Rüdiger (Germany) Corner Kick at 87'

87'

Federico Fernández (Argentina) Foul at 87'

86'

Ricardo Álvarez (Argentina) Substitution at 86'

83'

Nicolas Gaitán (Argentina) Substitution at 83'

82'

Marcos Rojo (Argentina) Foul at 82'

81'

Ángel Di María (Argentina) Foul at 81'

81'

Fernando Gago (Argentina) Foul at 81'

80'

Mariano Andújar (Argentina) Substitution at 80'

78'

2 - 4

Mario Götze (Germany) Goal at 78'

77'

Antonio Rüdiger (Germany) Substitution at 77'

77'

Hugo Campagnaro (Argentina) Substitution at 77'

76'

Marco Reus (Germany) Corner Kick at 76'

76'

Mario Götze (Germany) Assists Shot at 76'

76'

Marco Reus (Germany) Shot Hit Woodwork at 76'

74'

Augusto Fernandez (Argentina) Foul at 74'

72'

Ángel Di María (Argentina) Corner Kick at 72'

71'

Sebastian Rudy (Germany) Substitution at 71'

70'

Lukas Podolski

70'

Lukas Podolski (Germany) Foul at 70'

69'

Toni Kroos (Germany) Foul at 69'

68'

Fernando Gago (Argentina) Substitution at 68'

68'

Mario Götze (Germany) Assists Shot at 68'

68'

Marco Reus (Germany) Shot Off Target at 68'

64'

Marco Reus (Germany) Corner Kick at 64'

62'

Sergio Agüero (Argentina) Offside at 62'

61'

Cristoph Kramer (Germany) Foul at 61'

60'

Marco Reus (Germany) Assists Shot at 60'

60'

Toni Kroos (Germany) Shot Off Target at 60'

60'

Marco Reus (Germany) Corner Kick at 60'

60'

Marco Reus (Germany) Shot Blocked at 60'

58'

Erik Lamela (Argentina) Foul at 58'

58'

Mario Götze (Germany) Substitution at 58'

57'

Thomas Müller (Germany) Substitution at 57'

57'

Mario Gomez (Germany) Offside at 57'

56'

Cristoph Kramer (Germany) Foul at 56'

53'

Javier Mascherano (Argentina) Assists Shot at 53'

53'

Ángel Di María (Argentina) Shot On Target at 53'

52'

1 - 4

André Schürrle (Germany) Goal at 52'

52'

Marco Reus (Germany) Assists Shot at 52'

52'

André Schürrle (Germany) Shot On Target at 52'

51'

Lukas Podolski (Germany) Corner Kick at 51'

50'

Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina) Assist at 50'

50'

0 - 4

Ángel Di María (Argentina) Goal at 50'

47'

Ángel Di María (Argentina) Assist at 47'

47'

0 - 3

Federico Fernández (Argentina) Goal at 47'

47'

Cristoph Kramer (Germany) Foul at 47'

46'

Augusto Fernandez (Argentina) Substitution at 45'

46'

Start 2nd Half

46'

Roman Weidenfeller (Germany) Substitution at 45'

46'

Halftime

45'

Mario Gomez (Germany) Shot Off Target at 45'

45'

Toni Kroos (Germany) Assists Shot at 45'

45'

Marco Reus (Germany) Shot On Target at 45'

43'

Marco Reus (Germany) Foul at 43'

41'

Kevin Grosskreutz (Germany) Foul at 41'

40'

Ángel Di María (Argentina) Assist at 40'

40'

0 - 2

Erik Lamela (Argentina) Goal at 40'

39'

Toni Kroos (Germany) Assists Shot at 39'

39'

André Schürrle (Germany) Shot Off Target at 39'

38'

Javier Mascherano (Argentina) Foul at 38'

37'

Marco Reus (Germany) Corner Kick at 37'

36'

Enzo Pérez (Argentina) Foul at 36'

35'

Marco Reus (Germany) Assists Shot at 35'

35'

André Schürrle (Germany) Shot Blocked at 35'

33'

Lukas Podolski (Germany) Substitution at 33'

33'

Ángel Di María (Argentina) Assists Shot at 33'

33'

Sergio Agüero (Argentina) Shot Off Target at 33'

31'

Marcos Rojo (Argentina) Assists Shot at 31'

31'

Sergio Agüero (Argentina) Shot Off Target at 31'

30'

Enzo Pérez (Argentina) Assists Shot at 30'

30'

Ángel Di María (Argentina) Shot On Target at 30'

28'

Enzo Pérez (Argentina) Foul at 28'

28'

Marco Reus (Germany) Assists Shot at 28'

28'

Mario Gomez (Germany) Shot On Target at 28'

25'

Lucas Biglia (Argentina) Assists Shot at 25'

25'

Erik Lamela (Argentina) Shot On Target at 25'

23'

Toni Kroos (Germany) Foul at 23'

22'

Marco Reus (Germany) Assists Shot at 22'

22'

Toni Kroos (Germany) Shot Off Target at 22'

21'

Enzo Pérez (Argentina) Foul at 21'

20'

Ángel Di María (Argentina) Assist at 20'

20'

0 - 1

Sergio Agüero (Argentina) Goal at 20'

20'

Julian Draxler

20'

Julian Draxler (Germany) Foul at 20'

17'

Martín Demichelis

17'

Martín Demichelis (Argentina) Foul at 17'

15'

André Schürrle (Germany) Corner Kick at 15'

13'

André Schürrle (Germany) Foul at 13'

12'

André Schürrle (Germany) Foul at 12'

12'

Sergio Agüero (Argentina) Shot Blocked at 12'

12'

Ángel Di María (Argentina) Assists Shot at 12'

12'

Federico Fernández (Argentina) Shot Off Target at 12'

11'

Ángel Di María (Argentina) Corner Kick at 11'

10'

Kevin Grosskreutz (Germany) Corner Kick at 10'

8'

Ángel Di María (Argentina) Shot Off Target at 8'

7'

Mario Gomez (Germany) Corner Kick at 7'

7'

Cristoph Kramer (Germany) Assists Shot at 7'

7'

Mario Gomez (Germany) Shot On Target at 7'

6'

Erik Durm (Germany) Corner Kick at 6'

6'

Enzo Pérez (Argentina) Foul at 6'

5'

Toni Kroos (Germany) Foul at 5'

3'

André Schürrle (Germany) Offside at 3'

1'

Kickoff

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Possession

49%
51%
  • Germany
  • Argentina

Shots

14
12

Shots on target

7
7

Fouls

14
13

Corners

11
2

Yellow Cards

2
1

Red Cards

0
0

Germany

Germany2 - 4Argentina
Germany1 - 0Argentina
Brazil1 - 7Germany
France0 - 1Germany
Germany2 - 1Algeria
USA0 - 1Germany

Argentina

Germany2 - 4Argentina
Germany1 - 0Argentina
Netherlands0 - 0Argentina
Argentina1 - 0Belgium
Argentina1 - 0Switzerland
Nigeria2 - 3Argentina

Head to Head

Germany2 - 4Argentina
Germany1 - 0Argentina
Germany1 - 3Argentina
Argentina0 - 4Germany
Germany0 - 1Argentina
Germany1 - 1Argentina

Germany

  • 1Manuel Neuer
  • -> Roman Weidenfeller
  • 4Benedikt Höwedes
  • -> Antonio Rüdiger
  • 2Kevin Grosskreutz
  • 15Erik Durm
  • 3Matthias Ginter
  • 24Cristoph Kramer
  • 18Toni Kroos
  • -> Sebastian Rudy
  • 21Marco Reus
  • 14Julian Draxler
  • -> Lukas Podolski
  • 9André Schürrle
  • -> Thomas Müller
  • 23Mario Gomez
  • -> Mario Götze
  • Subs
  • 20Jérome Boateng
  • 12Ron-Robert Zieler
  • 5Mats Hummels

Argentina

  • 1Sergio Romero
  • -> Mariano Andújar
  • 4Pablo Zabaleta
  • -> Hugo Campagnaro
  • 16Marcos Rojo
  • 17Federico Fernández
  • 15Martín Demichelis
  • 8Enzo Pérez
  • -> Augusto Fernandez
  • 6Lucas Biglia
  • 10Sergio Agüero
  • -> Nicolas Gaitán
  • 7Ángel Di María
  • -> Ricardo Álvarez
  • 18Erik Lamela
  • -> Fernando Gago
  • 14Javier Mascherano
  • Subs
  • 22Ezequiel Lavezzi
  • 23José María Basanta
  • 9Gonzalo Higuaín

Angel Di Maria stars as Argentina win in Germany

Angel di Maria inspired Argentina against their World Cup final conquerors Germany as the Manchester United new boy scored once and set up three goals in a 4-2 victory.

Only four members of the Germany team which started the biggest match in world football on July 13 were selected, and the transformation from the Rio de Janeiro showpiece was dramatic.

Di Maria set up the first three goals for Sergio Aguero, Erik Lamela and Federico Fernandez before adding the fourth in a game filled with chances at both ends.

Argentina led 4-0 early in the second half but Andre Schurrle pulled a goal back for Germany before Fernandez turned a Mario Gotze effort into his own goal, on a night when only players from the English Premier League found the back of the net.

Mario Gomez had the first real chance of the game in the sixth minute, but his shot struck Sergio Romero in the face.

It was the first of three excellent chances wasted by the Fiorentina forward, who received some boos from the home fans when his best opportunity on the stroke of half-time went begging.

By then, Germany were already two goals down due to the vision and precision of Di Maria.

In the 20th minute, he curled a cross in behind the Germany defence with the outside of his left boot, serving the ball on a plate for Aguero to lift into the roof of the net from point-blank range.

Ten minutes later, Di Maria terrorised the Germany defence once more, choosing to shoot this time but placing his effort straight at Manuel Neuer.

Five minutes before the break, Di Maria got to the by-line and lifted the ball back for Tottenham's Lamela to place perfectly into the top left-hand corner with a side-footed volley.

It became 3-0 for Argentina almost immediately in the second half when Swansea's Fernandez arrived to head Di Maria's cross past Germany's replacement goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller with the aid of the far post.

Three minutes later, Di Maria crowned his excellent personal performance with a goal, racing in from the right before dinking the ball delicately past the onrushing Weidenfeller.

Germany grabbed a consolation just moments later when Schurrle was left in space in the centre to volley at Romero. The ball came back to the Chelsea forward off the Argentina goalkeeper and he converted at the second attempt.

Marco Reus hit the post as Germany attempted a comeback with Gotze's wayward effort deflected into his own goal by Fernandez to bring the hosts back to within two goals.

There was not to be a dramatic comeback, though, as Argentina gained the merest modicum of revenge for defeat in Brazil, taking their chances in a way which will give them even more regret for the ones they wasted at the Maracana, when it really mattered.


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