//LIVE: Germany vs Argentina

LIVE: Germany vs Argentina


11′ Kimmich goes into the book early into his first game as Germany captain for a late tackle on Paredes in midfield.

9′ Pereyra gets a bit of space on the right and delivers a good ball along the line of the six-yard box, but Can hooks it away with an outstretched foot before Martinez can direct it goalward.

8′ Havertz plays a delightful left-footed reverse pass for Gnabry to chase down the right, totally taking the Argentina defence out of the equation. He bursts into the box from wide looking to beat Tagliafico, but the ball gets away from him and it’s out for a goal kick.

7′ Only one of the 28 players who played in the World Cup final five years ago is playing here tonight. Not Manuel Neuer, not Toni Kroos, not Lionel Messi or Gonzalo Higuain… it’s Marcos Rojo. Class is permanent.

6′ Martinez thought for a second he was going to get in behind there, but Sule gets back to cover the through ball. Waldschmidt then fouls Dybala on the halfway line.

5′ Brandt and Klostermann combine nicely down the right to create crossing space for Havertz, but his delivery is straight down Marchesin’s throat and is caught easily by the goalkeeper.

4′ Gnabry wins the ball well on the halfway line, but Germany aren’t in any rush and they are happy to go back to their defence. They’re still sounding each other out for the time being.

2′ Argentina do well to play their way out of a slightly hairy situation at the back with Germany pushing high, and carry the ball upfield into the German half. Halstenberg eventually wins a throw-in, and Germany go back to Ter Stegen.

1′ Argentina get the ball rolling, and we’re off. They immediately look to launch an attack down the left but Germany win a throw-in inside their own half.

The players are on their way out now. We’ll have the anthems, and then we’ll be good to go. Who are you backing?

Joachim Low’s Germany have won four and lost one of their last five games while Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina have won three, drawn one, and lost one – the defeat coming in the Copa America semi-final against Brazil. Germany were also beaten by their fiercest rivals in a 4-2 defeat to the Netherlands, so both teams have a point to prove tonight.

Freiburg striker Luca Waldschmidt and defender Robin Koch make their debuts for Germany while Marc-Andre ter Stegen gets the nod over Manuel Neuer in goal. There’s no Lionel Messi for Argentina, while Bayer Leverkusen forward Lucas Alario will be hoping to get off the bench after spending the last two seasons in the Bundesliga.

SUBS: Renzo Saravia, Germain Pezzella, Marcos Acuna, Erik Lamela, Juan Musso, Walter Kannemann, Nicolas Dominguez, Guido Rodriguez, Lucas Alario, Emiliano Martinez, Lucas Ocampos.

ARGENTINA (4-3-3): Augustin Marchesin; Juan Foyth, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcus Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico; Roberto Pereyra, Leandro Paredes, Rodrigo De Paul; Angel Correa, Lautaro Martinez, Paulo Dybala.

SUBS: Bernd Leno, Manuel Neuer, Nadiem Amiri, Ilkay Gundogan, Marco Reus, Sebastian Rudy, Suat Serdar, Timo Werner.

GERMANY (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Lukas Klostermann, Robin Koch, Niklas Sule, Marcel Halstenberg; Emre Can, Joshua Kimmich, Kai Havertz; Serge Gnabry, Luca Waldschmidt, Julian Brandt.

It’s a re-run of the 2014 World Cup final, and the two nations have only met once in the intervening five years. Germany won the big one, Argentina got revenge a few months later, and they’ve both spent much of their time since falling dramatically from grace. So this should be fun!

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Germany against Argentina, in a star-studded international friendly from the Westfalenstadion, Dortmund.

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