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Argentina record convincing win in Germany

Published: Wednesday 15 August 2012, 23.16CET
Germany 1-3 Argentina
Second-half strikes from Lionel Messi, who also had a penalty saved, and Ángel Di María helped Alejandro Sabella's side overcome ten-man Germany.
Argentina record convincing win in Germany
Germany defender Benedikt Höwedes celebrates his first international goal ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 15 August 2012, 23.16CET

Argentina record convincing win in Germany

Germany 1-3 Argentina
Second-half strikes from Lionel Messi, who also had a penalty saved, and Ángel Di María helped Alejandro Sabella's side overcome ten-man Germany.

Set on their way by a Sami Khedira own goal, Argentina eased to a 3-1 victory against ten-man Germany courtesy of second-half strikes from Lionel Messi and Ángel Di María.

Two experienced sides took to the pitch in Frankfurt, yet it was young goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler who changed the course of the game. His foul and red card gave Argentina a 32nd-minute penalty and although Messi was thwarted, he made amends, scoring in between Khedira's first-half own goal and Di María's effort. Benedikt Höwedes added a late consolation with his first international goal.

Both teams started with intent, trading blows. It was Germany who were landing marginally more of them, and Mesut Özil passed up the first clear-cut chance when Miroslav Klose swept a clever ball into his path. One-on-one with Sergio Romero, he fired straight at the goalkeeper. Argentina were swift to regain their composure, Di María's inviting centre deflecting agonisingly wide.

The visitors tightened their grip on proceedings when livewire José Ernesto Sosa, latching on to Javier Mascherano's delicious through ball, earned a penalty after being fouled by Zieler. The goalkeeper was sent off but substitute Marc-André ter Stegen lifted spirits by reading Messi's intentions from the spot. Argentina were not to be denied, though, Kheidra slicing Di María near-post corner into his own net moments before half-time.

Germany emerged after the break with renewed purpose and were almost rewarded when Marco Reus's speculative effort cannoned back off a post. Joachim Löw's side were soon lamenting their misfortune, Messi curling in a left-footed finish following Gonzalo Higuaín's neat pass. Di María made it three with a thumping effort 17 minutes from time, before Höwedes conjured up a consolation.

Last updated: 28/08/12 19.19CET

Related information

Player profiles

http://www.uefa.com/friendlies/season=2014/matches/round=2000374/match=2010436/postmatch/report/index.html#argentina+ease+past+germany

Lineups

Germany

Germany

Argentina

Argentina

1
ZielerRon-Robert Zieler (GK)
Red Card30
1
RomeroSergio Romero (GK)
2
BoatengJérôme Boateng
2
ZabaletaPablo Zabaleta
Yellow Card26
Substitution66
3
HummelsMats Hummels
Substitution25
3
GarayEzequiel Garay
4
BadstuberHolger Badstuber
4
FernándezFederico Fernández
5
SchmelzerMarcel Schmelzer
5
RojoMarcos Rojo
6
ÖzilMesut Özil
Substitution69
6
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
Substitution80
7
KhediraSami Khedira
Goal45
Substitution69
7
GagoFernando Gago
8
BenderLars Bender
Substitution74
8
SosaJosé Sosa
Substitution46
9
KloseMiroslav Klose
Substitution62
9
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
Goal73
Substitution73
10
T. MüllerThomas Müller
Substitution30
10
MessiLionel Messi
Goal52
11
ReusMarco Reus
11
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín

Substitutes

12
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes
Substitution25
Goal83
12
AgüeroSergio Agüero
Substitution46
13
ter StegenMarc-André ter Stegen (GK)
Substitution30
13
CampagnaroHugo Campagnaro
Substitution66
14
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
Substitution62
14
GuiñazuPablo Guiñazu
Substitution73
15
Gündoğanİlkay Gündoğan
Substitution69
15
Braña                         Rodrigo Braña
Substitution80
16
KroosToni Kroos
Substitution69
17
GötzeMario Götze
Substitution74

Coach

Joachim Löw (GER) Alejandro Sabella (ARG)

Referee

Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Mathias Klasenius (SWE), Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)

Fourth official

Deniz Aytekin (GER)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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