09 October 2019 21:51
In a rematch of the 2014 World Cup final, Germany welcome Argentina to Signal Iduna Park tonight. Joachim Low's side edged a close encounter with Mario Gotze's extra-time winner proving to be decisive in Rio de Janeiro. There will be no Lionel Messi involved tonight given his recent return from injury with Paulo Dybala and Lautaro Martinez likely to feature in attack for the visitors. Follow all the action with Standard Sport's LIVE blog! Live Updates FULL TIME FULL TIME | Germany 2-2 Argentina A game of two halves as substitutes Alario and Ocampos complete a second-half fightback for Argentina.
Germany will be wondering how they lost after breezing through the first half thanks to Gnabry and Havertz's goals. Photo: Bongarts SUBS 90 mins: Late change for Argentina as Rodriguez replaces De Paul. Two minutes will be added on. 88 mins: Argentina are going for the win and so nearly get their chance. It's Ocampos who squeezes his way past Klostermann and delivers the cross but Martinez can't get there. Advertisement GOAL 85 mins: What a turnaround! It's the two substitutes who combine as Alario lays it off to Ocampos and his strike takes a nick off Can before beating ter Stegen! From two goals down, they're now chasing the win! | Germany 2-2 Argentina | Lucas Ocampos 85' YELLOW CARD 83 mins: Ocampos and Acuna fly into with both feet off the ground and bring down Klostermann. The referee brings out a yellow card - but it easily could have been red. A shocking challenge. Advertisement SUBS 82 mins: Another impressive performance from Havertz, who takes home a goal to cap an elegant performance in the Germany midfield. He's given a well-earned rest with Sebastian Rudy coming on. 79 mins: Another chance! Argentina are really on top at the moment as Martinez finds Alario, who peels away from his marker but his first touch is poor, and his effort is saved by ter Stegen. Germany looking vulnerable at the back all of a sudden, having been so comfortable in the first half. 77 mins: Another nervy moment at the back for Germany and Alario nearly makes them pay after Can's poor ball is picked off. The striker takes a snapshot and it deflects wide for a corner. Still time for another goal here. Advertisement SUBS 76 mins: Watford's Pererya is given a breather and Renzo Saravia - a right-back for Porto - comes on in his place. SUBS 71 mins: Another change and it's a standing ovation for Gnabry as he makes way for Suat Serdar, who plies his trade for Schalke. 69 mins: That goal has breathed life into the Argentina side and it's De Paul again who hits it from outside the box. Ter Stegen hasn't had a lot to do, and he makes the most of it with a diving catch for the cameras. Advertisement SUBS 67 mins: First change for Germany: Nadiem Amiri has replaced Brandt. GOAL 66 mins: The substitute makes an immediate impact! Argentina are right back in this one now as Acuna curls in a cross from the left and Alario does superbly to glance his header into the corner. Photo: AFP GOAL! GOAL! | Germany 2-1 Argentina | Lucas Alario 66' Advertisement SUBS 61 mins: Have you ever seen Paulo Dybala have such a quiet game? The Juventus man is withdrawn and in his place comes Lucas Alario. Disappointing night for him after glowing comments from his manager before the match. 57 mins: Brandt turns away from Acuna and tries to bend one in the far corner, only to fire straight at Marchesin from 25 yards out. 55 mins: Can nearly makes it three! Germany work it so quickly from defence to attack and it's a clever pass from Havertz to send Can through on goal. Marchesin makes himself look big and the Juventus man tries to poke it past him, but it's pushed away by the Argentina stopper. It's so good to watch at times. Photo: AFP Advertisement 52 mins: Argentina have certainly upped their work rate pressing high up the pitch, but Germany are playing some lovely stuff tonight. It's very difficult to get the ball off them when they're playing like this. 47 mins: Waldschmidt, making his debut for Germany tonight, tries to cap a memorable day with a goal but his half-volley flies into the side netting. Predicted line-up Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan (muscle) and centre-back Jonathan Tah (ilness) have been ruled out for the friendly, leaving Germany boss Joachim Low with a long injury list. Dortmund striker Marco Reus is also a doubt for the clash following a knee injury and may not be risked, Low revealed in his pre-match press conference. "We will have to see. He will train this evening and then we will see if it makes sense to use him. "It is not a situation I wished and would want. It is not an ideal situation. It is rare to have so many absences." Scaloni took the unusual step of announcing his Argentina lineup a day before the game, with Premier League quartet Juan Foyth, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Rojo and Roberto Pererya all set to start. Germany XI: Ter Stegen; Stark, Sule, Koch; Klostermann, Kimmich, Rudy, Halstenberg; Gnabry, Brandt; Reus. Argentina XI: Marchesin; Foyth, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico; Pereyra, Paredes, De Paul, Angel Correa; Dybala, Martinez. Prediction: Germany 1-1 Argentina Germany's injury crisis means they are down to the bare bones against Argentina, a side blessed with the individual talents of Paulo Dybala and Lautaro Martinez in attack. Based on their recent form, the hosts would be favourites to take this but may find life difficult with an untested side at international level. TV channel and live stream, and online coverage The match will be shown live on Sky Sports from 7.40pm. If you are not a Sky Sports subscriber, you can still watch the match through NOW TV by purchasing a Sky Sports day pass for £9.99 without a contract. Head to Head history and results (h2h) Argentina won the last friendly between the two sides 4-2 back in September 2014 and the South Americans have enjoyed three wins out of three in friendly fixtures. Germany, meanwhile, have won all three of their meetings at the World Cup.