Published: Sat, March 24, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Germany hold Spain in global friendly

Germany hold Spain in global friendly

The draw in front of a sold-out 50,653 crowd preserves both sides' respective unbeaten runs dating back to Euro 2016.

Joachim Low has no doubt there is more to come from both Germany and Spain after the two World Cup hopefuls played out an entertaining 1-1 friendly draw in Dusseldorf.

World champions Germany came from behind to share the spoils with Spain in an worldwide friendly in Dusseldorf on Friday.

Isco should have finished off another brilliant Spain move but failed to prod home Jordi Alba's cross, while at the other end De Gea made another top-class save to deny substitute Gundogan when Germany countered at speed.

Spain dominated the early stages and opened the scoring in the sixth minute.

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It was only a timely pounce by Ter Stegen that prevented a second Spanish goal in the 18th minute after Isco Alarcon controlled the ball with his chest to set up David Silva.

The hosts nearly took the lead straight after half-time but Julian Draxler's shot was pushed wide by David De Gea at full stretch.

Draxler tried to replicate Muller's goal shortly after the restart but this time De Gea made a wonderful save, diving high to his left to tip the 25-yard drive away. Hummels hit the crossbar on 65 minutes with a header after Toni Kroos floated a free-kick over Spain's wall.

"It will be a game in which both teams will want to show what they can do", said Loew.

With the tournament in Russian Federation less than three months away, a match between the two previous world champions at the Esprit Arena always looked a blue-chip affair and the game mostly lived up to the billing.

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"To come to Germany and dominate for 90 minutes is hard, but the team have had personality, ambition and we've played our trump cards trying to win the game, as always at any ground and against any opponent".

"It was a match of the highest level but I think we have had more and better chances". Playing against the best teams in the world is a very nice challenge, and we took it as such.

"I see that every weekend in the (Spanish) league and they are clearly among the World Cup favorites".

Tite's next job is to psychologically prepare Brazil for a match with their 2014 semi-final nemesis Germany. "We're putting in a solid level of performance".

With Manuel Neuer still out injured, Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen starts in goal for Germany as Low names a strong side.

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