International football friendly—Esprit Arena, Dusseldorf
FULL-TIME: GERMANY 2-4 ARGENTINA
Goals: Aguero 19' (Arg), Lamela 40' (Arg), F Fernandez 47' (Arg), Di Maria 49' (Arg), Schurrle 51' (Ger), Gotze 77' (Ger).
Germany: Manuel Neuer (Weidenfeller); Kevin Grosskreutz, Matthias Ginter, Benedikt Howedes (Rudiger), Erik Durm; Christoph Kramer, Toni Kroos (Rudy), Andre Schurrle (Muller), Marco Reus, Julian Draxler (Podolski); Mario Gomez (Gotze).
Substitutes: Roman Weidenfeller, Ron-Robert Zieler, Mats Hummels, Antonio Rudiger, Jerome Boateng, Mesut Ozil, Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller, Sebastian Rudy, Lukas Podolski.
Argentina: Sergio Romero (Andujar); Pablo Zabaleta (Campagnaro), Federico Fernandez, Martin Demichelis, Marcos Rojo; Enzo Perez (A Fernandez), Javier Mascherano, Lucas Biglia; Erik Lamela (Gago), Angel Di Maria (Alvarez), Sergio Aguero (Gaitan).
Substitutes: Mariano Andujar, Hugo Campagnaro, Jose Maria Basanta, Fernando Gago, Augusto Fernandez, Ricardo Alvarez, Nicolas Gaitan, Gonzalo Higuain, Ezequiel Lavezzi.
A thrilling encounter between World Cup finalists Germany and Argentina helped kick off the new international football season on Wednesday night.
Joachim Low's world champions were beaten 4-2 by Gerardo Martino's Angel Di Maria-inspired side, with the new Manchester United signing involved in all four of the South American nation's goals.
Sergio Aguero gave Argentina the lead within 20 minutes when he narrowly beat Germany's offside trap to convert Di Maria's cross from the right, superbly delivered by the outside of his left boot.
Di Maria's second assist was more orthodox, but just as well placed. This time he came back inside from the touchline after getting onto a Pablo Zabaleta pass, and found Erik Lamela coming in off the left flank. The attacker was a late call-up to Martino's squad, but grabbed his moment here with a perfect volley with the inside of foot past the helpless Manuel Neuer.
Federico Fernandez put Argentina 3-0 up early in the second-half when he headed in at the back post from Di Maria's free-kick. Then the creator of his team's first three goals got in on the act himself.
After some excellent combination play around the halfway line, Zabaleta again launched Di Maria down the right. Racing through into the Germany box, he exquisitely chipped his shot past the onrushing Roman Weidenfeller.
Scrappy goals from Andre Schurrle and substitute Mario Gotze followed some sloppy Argentinian defending, reducing the deficit for the home side. The visitors held onto their lead as a number of substitutes deflated the previously exciting contest.
A night of celebration that was supposed to launch Germany's tilt at the 2016 European Championships had instead turned into scant, but nonetheless enjoyable redemption for Argentina over their Rio de Janeiro conquerors.
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