Starting XI: Germany vs Spain
International Friendly Starting XI: Germany vs Spain
The latest two FIFA World Cup winners, Spain and Germany, who are both unbeaten in almost two years, go head to head in a high-profile friendly tonight – here is how both teams will line up.
Teams: Germany vs Spain
Date: 23 March
Venue: Esprit Arena, Dusseldorf
When 2014 champions Germany host 2010 winners Spain tonight, the two longest unbeaten records in international football go head to head.
Die Mannschaft are unbeaten in their past 21 games, while La Furia Roja have not lost in their last 16 matches – with both runs dating back to defeats at the 2016 UEFA European Championship.
Of their previous 22 contests, Spain have beaten Germany seven times, including in the semi-final at the 2010 World Cup, while the hosts have won nine times against the visitors, and six games ended in draws.
Germany have lost three of their past four games against Spain, but won the latest contest between the two sides – a 1-0 victory in a friendly in November 2014.
While Joachim Low has almost his strongest squad at hand, with only first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer out injured, Spain's Julen Lopetegui was not able to select the injured Sergio Busquets. Diego Costa, meanwhile, has returned to the squad and could make his first appearance for the team since June 2017.
Here is how both teams will line up:
Germany: Ter Stegen; Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Hector; Khedira, Kroos; Müller, Özil, Draxler; Werner.
Spain: De Gea; Carvajal, Piqué, Ramos, Jordi Alba; Koke, Thiago, Iniesta; Isco, Rodrigo, Silva.
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