09 October 2019 23:03
Germany has failed yet again to be consistent in 90 minutes. A great first half was followed by an abysmal second. Out of the four, Robin Koch impressed me the most although I have great hopes for Luca Waldschmidt. 90'— Germany looks vulnerable. 89'— One minute to go, Germany have been very bad in the second half.
88'— Argentina are looking close to complete their comeback... Argentina has come back from two goals down! A shot Ocampos from hits Can on it's way to goal. 82'— Rudy comes on for Kai Havertz, whose had a good game. 81'— Another big chance from Argentina. A shot hits a German leg just as it was going into the goal. Germany can count themselves lucky. 79'— Argentina are playing much better, Germany's inability to play consistent for a full 90 minutes continue. 77'— Dangerous chance from Argentina, a shot from Alario goes just wide. 75'— Kimmich goes for goal from a free-kick in a crossing position. 73'— Germany looks less energetic and seems to make less attacking runs. 69'— Germany has invited Argentina back into the game. 67'— Argentina seems inspired after Alario's goal... Lucas Alario scores for Argentina! Great cross from Tagliafico to an unmarked Alario who heads it in! 63'— Germany has dropped their back-line, which has killed the threat of Lautaro Martinez. 62'— To be fair to Argentina, they are missing many key players. 60'— Paulo Dybala comes off for Leverkusen's Lucas Alario. 59'— Argentina has pushed up high without creating any chances. 55'— Germany must be the only team in the world who does not have to worry too much if their first goalkeeper gets injured... 54'— Emre Can has a great run and is one and one against Marchesin, who saves. 53'— The game has expectedly slowed down a bit in the second half, which is good for Germany. However, they should watch out for being to passive and inviting Argentina to their half. 50'— Great sliding tackle from Emre Can who has been fantastic... 49'— Gnabry has not done many things wrong in this game, he is looking like he's in the form of his life... 47'— Waldschmidt has a dangerous opportunity, typical strike from the Freiburg striker that goes wide. 46'— Ocampos and Acuna comes on for Argentina! Half-time observations: Germany are playing well and are exceptionally dangerous when on the counter. Julian Brandt, Serge Gnabry and Kai Havertz have been great. It doesn't matter that it is a friendly in Joshua Kimmich's eyes, he is playing this game like it is a World Cup final. One yellow card for him after a nasty tackle which resulted in him getting hostile treatment from the Argentine's. Has Paulo Dybala even been in the game? Best attacking outlet for Argentina has been Udinese player Rodrigo De Paul. Germany are playing with a back-three which is working well. Can - Koch - Sule have had a decent game so far but the real highlight has been the two attacking full-backs: Lukas Klostermann and Marcel Halstenberg. They should count themselves that Germany are only up by two. 45'— Half-time in Dortmund! 44'— Gnabry has a dangerous opportunity. This time it goes just wide. 40'— De Paul has another shot, although this one goes significantly above ter Stegen's cross-bar. 35'— Fun game considering it is a friendly. 33'— Another shot that hits the post, this time from De Paul. Great strike from the Argentine. 31'— Halstenberg has a great free-kick but it hits the cross bar. Argentina should count themselves lucky. 29'— Every acceleration from Gnabry, Havertz or Brandt creates turmoil within the Argentine defence. Great cross from a free-kick by Kimmich, Sule heads it to Brandt who just can't get there. Too easy, Germany are dominating completely. 24'— This game has many fouls for a friendly... another great counter-attack! Great run from Klostermann (again) and fantastic pass from Gnabry, Havertz taps it in. 19'— Germany has grown into this game and now looks dangerous every-time they have the ball. 18'— Gnabry has scored 10 goals in his last 11 caps.... Germany are playing well! His composure inside the box is great, nice work from Klostermann too! 1-0 Germany! Julian Brandt has a golden opportunity to score but is denied by Marchesin. 11'— Nasty tackle from Joshua Kimmich, a clear yellow card. 10'— Argentina looking the more dangerous team. 5'— Sule might have a hard time against the quick Lautaro Martinez today.. 0'— Interesting German line-up to say the least: Marc-Andre ter-Stegen in goal, Luca Waldschmidt and Robin Koch making their debuts and of course, Joshua Kimmich captaining the team! Germany only have one UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier to play during the upcoming international break, so they booked a friendly to prep themselves. On Wednesday, a trip to the home of Borussia Dortmund is in the cards as Germans host the Lionel Messi-less Argentina. It's a great opportunity for Jogi Löw to work on his team some more ahead of next summer's tournament. Four Bayern Munich players were called up for this camp — Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry, and Niklas Süle — and one would suspect that all four players will be in the starting lineup for this one. As stated earlier, Germany will play one UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier during this break. It's Bayern time. Location: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany Also, we're from all parts of the world so don't feel shy if you're from a country that doesn't seem represented on the blog. One refresh every 55-60 seconds is ideal but if that's too much then just try for one every five minutes and after every goal.