Germany drew 2-2 with Argentina at the Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday night, as the hosts surrendered a two-goal lead. They now head into their Euro 2020 qualifying match with Estonia on Sunday with issues to iron out.
The man of the moment Serge Gnabry took centre stage 15 minutes in, weaving in between a few challenges to poke home for his tent
Key Talking Point
It was made very clear by Joachim Low that it was time for a new wave of German footballers in the aftermath of their World Cup embarrassment. Fortunately for him, he’s got plenty to choose from.
Ter Stegen was the oldest player on the pitch for the home side at a prehistoric age of 27, with the young Germans making mincemeat of an Argentina side in the first 45 minutes that chose not to call up a number of their more headline-grabbing names.
Starting XI: Ter Stegen (7); Klostermann (7),
Substitutes: Amiri (6), Serdar (6), Rudy (5)
Who else but Serge Gnabry? The former Arsenal forward is one of Europe’s hottest talents at present, demonstrating the level that Tony Pulis and Arsene Wenger so carelessly shunned. His touches were perfect, the timing of his runs superb, and he tore Argentina apart in the first hour of the match. A man on fire.
GNABRY in the form of his life
— SoccerGoddess ♤♤ (@rocha_soccer) October 9, 2019
Key Talking Point
No Sergio Aguero, no Lionel Messi, no Angel di Maria, no Giovani Lo Celso…no problem?
Fielding a centre half pairing of the much-maligned Nicolas Otamendi and hide-and-seek champion Marcos Rojo, neither looked comfortable against a German side full of endeavour.
With the game falling into a lull, a superb header got them back into the match, as numerous changes added some bite to the Argentina attack. Their first goal came from nothing, albeit a wonderful header, but the second was one everyone in the stadium saw coming.
Looking like and entirely new side with the different shape they came out in, positive signs are there for the visitors that the foundations of a new-look Argentina exist. They do, however, need to sort out their defence.
Starting XI: Marchesin (5); Foyth (5), Otamendi (4), Rojo (4), Tagliafico (6); Pereyra (6), Paredes (6), De Paul (7*), Correa (5); Dybala (4), Martinez (5)
Substitutes: Ocampos (7), Acuna (7), Alario (7), Saravia (6)
With no player offering much in either an attacking or a defensive sense in the first 66 minutes, the award goes to
Are you guys watching Rodrigo De Paul?
— Mathola Van DibonaⓂ (@_Almaric) October 9, 2019
Germany look absolute class , quite like the look of the Argentinian nr 15 Rodrigo de Paul looks 1/2 decent #GermanyVsArgentina
— Lee Anderson (@LeeAndersonPT) October 9, 2019
Sunday brings about Germany’s next Euro 2020 qualifying match, as they travel to Estonia aiming to maintain their spot at the top of Group C
It is more friendly duty for Argentina, as they too are on their travels on Sunday but back in the familiar surroundings of South America as they take on Ecuador.