Argentina rally back at Germany

World News

Argentina came back from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw against Germany in an international friendly on Wednesday evening at Signal Iduna Park.
Die Mannschaft manager Joachim Low named a youthful side that included two debutants from Freiburg, in the form of striker Luca Waldschmidt and defender Robin Koch, while Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen started ahead of Manuel Neuer.
The hosts had a bright start, going forward with pace and they took the lead in the 15th minute courtesy of Serge Gnabry, who side-footed home from close range after controlling brilliantly a cross from Lukas Klostermann.
Low's army were breaking away with a lot of speed in attack, which eventually resulted in the home side doubling their lead in the 22nd minute after Kai Havertz slotted home a sliding shot towards into a gaping net following a cross from Gnabry.
Germany went very close to adding a third on the half-hour mark after Marcel Halstenberg hit a dipping left-footed free-kick that cannoned off the underside of the crossbar, while Rodrigo De Paul was also denied by the post three minutes later for Argentina with Ter Stegen well beaten
The game needed spark in the early stages of the second stanza as neither side was yet to find momentum and substitute Lucas Alario finally pulled a goal back for the visitors in the 66th minute with a glancing header following a cross from Marcos Acuna on the left channel.
La Albiceleste were getting closer and closer to finding the equaliser in the last 20 minutes, as Alario almost got his second goal with a low strike inside the box that sailed inches wide of the upright.
Argentina eventually levelled matters with five minutes remaining after another substitute Lucas Ocampos' strike took a deflection off Emre Can and beat ter Stegen at his near post as the encounter ended all square.