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Germany Throw Away Two-Goal Lead To Argentina

International Friendly

Result: Germany 2-2 Argentina

Date: 09 October 2019

Venue: Signal-Iduna-Park

Germany threw away a two-goal lead against Argentina, with the nations playing to an entertaining  2-2 draw at  Signal-Iduna-Park on Wednesday evening.

FC Barcelona shot-stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen earned a re-call to the Germany line-up while Freiburg duo Luca Waldschmidt and Robin Koch were handed their debuts.

It was the home side who got off to the good start as the in-form Serge Gnabry opened the scoring after 15 minutes after skipping past a number of challenges before poking into the bottom corner.

The home side's lead was doubled seven minutes later, with Gnabry turning provider to unselfishly tee up Kai Havertz who made no mistake from close range for his first international goal.

After a slow start to the encounter, Argentina nearly pulled one back against the run of play after 33 minutes when Rodrigo de Paul rattled the crossbar with a venomous strike from distance that left Ter Stegen flat-footed.

The Germans continued for most of the encounter, but Argentina eventually re-shuffled his attack as Paul Dybala was withdrawn for Lucas Alario on 62 minutes.

The change paid off for the visitors minutes later as the Bayer Leverkusen forward halved the deficit for the South Americans after nodding home a cross from Marco Acuna at the near post.

Germany coach Joachim Low responded with a change of his own for the final 20 minutes, as the influential Gnabry made way for Schalke's Suat Serdar, who was making his full international debut.

However, Argentina completed the comeback with five minutes remaining as Alario registered an assist to go with his goal after teeing up Lucas Campos, who fired home via a deflection.


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