Mario Götze and Marco Reus scored second-half goals to seal Germany’s 2-1 turnaround win over Argentina on familiar soil in today’s international friendly in Dortmund.
After an uninspiring first forty-five, despite Di María and Kroos going close in the dying minutes of the first-half, the game finally came alive with Angel Di María’s goal four minutes after the break.
Gonzalo Higuaín played a ball down the left flank for Di María, and he beat Philipp Lahm for pace before cutting inside and blasting into the top corner past Manuel Neuer.
Germany were level thirteen minutes later when Mario Götze (7.5) met Toni Kroos’s corner at the near post and lashed home from close range. Marco Reus and Julian Schieber (7.0) came on shortly afterwards, and a goal made in Dortmund won the game.
As we approached the final five minutes, Schieber got away from his marker, hit the goal line and crossed into the six-yard box for Marco Reus (7.3) to head past sub ‘keeper Willy Caballero who’d been on the pitch less than ninety seconds.
Lars Bender (7.0) and Mats Hummels (7.0) played the full game, with the former picking up a second-half yellow card. Marcel Schmelzer (6.6) played 55 minutes, André Schurrle (7.0) played the first hour, while Sven Bender and Ilkay Gündogan were unused substitutes. Andreas Beck didn’t make the matchday squad.
Neven Subotic came out on top in the match against Viktor Fischer as Serbia beat Denmark 3-1 in Belgrade tonight. Subotic (7.6) played the full match and made nine interceptions at centre-back. Fischer (6.6) came off after 78 minutes after a slightly disappointing performance where he created little.
Ivan Perisic (7.6) scored the opening goal for Croatia in their friendly in Iceland, but couldn’t prevent the World Cup third-place side slipping to a 2-1 defeat. Ajax striker Kolbeinn Sigþorsson had the hosts level within sixty seconds before a late Pálmi Pálmason winner.
Heinz Lindner (7.0) won his second senior cap in goal for Austria as they won 4-2 in Lviv against Ukraine. The sides shared four goals before the break, but second-half strikes from Deni Alar and Patrick Farkas won it for the visitors.
Poland were beaten 4-0 at home by Belgium, with Robert Lewandowski (6.5) looking isolated up-top and unable to test Thibaut Cortois in the visiting net. Anthony VandenBorre had chance to add a late fifth, but had his penalty saved by Wojciech Szczesny.
You can view the day’s full results on the RTFM Vidiprinter.