World Champions Germany Scrape Past Saudi Arabia
International Friendly Report: Germany v Saudi Arabia 08 June 2018
Result: Germany 2-1 Saudi Arabia
Date: 08 June 2018
World champions Germany finished their World Cup preparations with a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia at the BayArena on Friday evening.
Timo Werner opened the scoring for Die Mannschaft in the seventh minute with a clinical strike from close range after he was unselfishly setup by Marco Reus, who had broke free on the left side of the box, 1-0.
Reus almost turned into a goalscorer for the hosts in the 12th minute, striking a ball cleanly from just outside the box but it came off the post with Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayoof well beaten.
Joachim Löw’s charges were stepping off the gas a bit after 20 minutes but still enjoyed a lion’s share of possession.
Sami Khedira almost gave the hosts a two-goal cushion in the 33rd minute with a header inside the box but Al-Mayoof made a crucial save.
Germany extended their lead a minute before the break after Werner made a brilliant cross into the area that Thomas Muller tried to heel into the back of the net but his effort came off Saudi Arabia defender Omar Hawsawi, 2-0.
Löw’s troops were enjoying a two-goal advantage heading into the break and the Green Falcons needed to up their game.
Werner should have completed his brace for Germany five minutes into the second stanza after Reus made an inviting cross from the left wing but his side-footed low strike was saved by Al-Mayoof.
Both sides were ringing the changes in terms of personnel towards the hour-mark but it this did not really affect the tempo of the match which was fast paced.
Muller nearly made it 3-0 to Die Mannschaft 16 minutes before time with fierce low strike on his stride inside the box but Saudi Arabia shot-stopper Al-Mayoof made another brilliant save.
The tempo of the match fizzled out with 10 minutes to go although Löw’s charges were having the match under control.
Saudi Arabia pulled goal back five minutes before time after they were awarded a penalty, with Taisir Al-Jassim reacting the quickest to slam into the back of the net after Mohammad Al Sahlawi’s spot kick was initially saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen, 2-1.