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International friendlies • Regular
  • 2nd Half
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • WernerGómez
  • ThiagoRodri
  • MüllerGoretzka
  • SilvaVázquez
  • DraxlerSané
  • RodrigoCosta
  • IscoAsensio
  • KhediraGündogan
  • PiquéNacho
  • 1/2 Time
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • IniestaSaúl
  • 1st Half
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Müller
  • Rodrigo

Germany - Spain
International friendlies - 23 March 2018

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FT: Germany 1-1 Spain. A thoroughly entertaining match comes to an end here, with both teams preserving their long unbeaten records. Both Germany and Spain showed glimpses of why they are so heavily fancied to win the World Cup this summer, with La Roja's sublime passing game and Germany's clinical instincts clear for all to see. A fair result. Thanks for joining us. Goodnight.


CHANCE! Great opportunity for Gomez to win it, capitalising on a wayward pass, but Ramos is there to make the interception at the last. Two minutes of added time here...


Ramos loses his head in the face of the linesman, over a throw in. Even friendlies cannot calm the Real Madrid skipper.


Vazquez brings the ball down on his chest, feeds to across, but Hummels clears.


Time for veteran Mario Gomez for Germany, who replaces Werner.


Debut for Rodri - big things are expected of this Villarreal youngster.


Spain's turn for another change, with Thiago replaced by Rodrigo Hernandez.


The end of Mueller's evening as he is replaced by Leon Goretzka.


Werner does superbly to get to the byline, fires the ball across the face of goal, but he has no support making that gamble in the middle.


BIG CHANCE! Carvajal charges down Hector's clearance, Costa is on hand to collect the loose ball, has time to pick his spot, but delays far too long and his tame strike is blocked.


Sane seemed op stop when he heard a whistle, but it wasn't the referee's!


Another change for Spain, with Lucas Vazquez coming on for Silva.


Elsewhere this evening...


Change for Germany, with Manchester City's Leroy Sane coming on for Draxler.


CHANCE! Great cross from Asensio almost finds Costa on the stretch, Silva is on hand at the back post, but can only guide the ball into the side netting.


Here he is! Diego Costa time! Rodrigo is the man to make way.


CROSSBAR! Kroos clips a free-kick into the middle, Mats Hummels loops a header for goal, over De Gea, but the ball clips the top of the crossbar and goes over.


CLOSE! Werner darts across his man latching onto the pass from Draxler but his shot is into the side-netting.


Pace of the game has slowed somewhat, which is a shame. Germany growing into it more and more.


Spain enjoying plenty of possession now, trying to find another killer pass. Asensio is offering a different outlet altogether.


One brilliant Real Madrid player for another as Marco Asensio comes on for Isco.


ANOTHER SAVE! Straight down the other end, Germany work the ball for Gundogan, who looks to guide it into the bottom corner, but De Gea is down brilliantly to tip the shot wide.


SAVE! Breathtaking football from Spain. Alba feeds the ball across for Isco, who has to score from point-blank range , but Ter Stegen blocks well.


Khedira also looks like he has picked up a knock after a collision with Thiago. On comes Ilkay Gundogan in his place.


Germany appreciate fine goalkeeping when they see it...


Another change for Spain, with Pique coming off to be replaced by Nacho. The Barcelona man looked to be carrying an injury as he departed.


Ozil takes one touch too many on the edge of the box, but Alba again makes the block.


SAVE! What a stop from the Manchester United goalkeeper. Draxler unleashed a ferocious strike which was headed for the top corner, but De Gea flung out an arm to tip the ball wide.


Great positive play from Werner as he beats Alba, but the Barcelona full-back recovers well to make the block.


Back up and running here. First of what will likely be many changes for Spain, with Saul Niguez on for Iniesta. No changes for Germany.


Wonderful half of football between two excellent teams. Spain were on top for long periods, playing some sublime football in the process. Their opener was stunning in its simplicity, but Mueller's brilliant strike got the hosts back in the contest. With so much talent on each nation's bench, this could go either way!


HT: Germany 1-1 Spain. No stoppage time here as the first half comes to a close.


Great defending from Ramos to block off Ozil and see the ball out of play.


Another sumptuous pass from Iniesta plays in Isco, but the flag is raised for offside.


Draxler gets away with a nasty foul on Isco. Would have probably been booked for that in a competitive match.


So much more to come!


Having dominated for much of this match, Spain have been caught cold here. Their passing is a little ragged now.


Sami Khedira squared the ball for Mueller on the edge of the box, but there didn't seem much on. However, with next to no backlift, the Bayern Munich forward rifled the ball past De Gea from 25 yards to score his 38th international goal.


GOOOOAAALL! Germany 1-1 Spain. Mueller fires home his first international goal in a year from distance to level things up.


Much better from Germany. Ozil in the thick of it as he lays the ball out left for Hector, who drills for goal, but it is blocked.


Iniesta loops a shot over the top after another fine, flowing move from Spain.


Break in play as Ramos receives some treatment after clashing with Mueller.


Iniesta is rolling back the years. His passing is cutting Germany in two here.


Lopetegui is certainly building something...


Silva and Iniesta really are pulling the strings at the moment. Sumptuous football.


Offside flag is up to deny Werner, who had got away from Gerard Pique before firing wide.


Spain are living a little dangerously at the back. Some risky passes are just evading German attackers.


CHANCE! Absolutely brilliant from Spain again. Isco takes it down on his chest, darts inside, feeds Silva, in the middle of the goal, but he elects to take a touch, which takes it too close to Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the home goal, who smothers.


Stunning skill from Isco to get out of a tight spot. My word the Real Madrid forward is some player.


Brilliant from De Gea as he comes out to claim a high cross from Jerome Boateng.


Germany still on the front foot. Werner tries to turn, but his touch is heavy and he loses possession.


CLOSE! Good response from Germany. Jonas Hector has a go from distance, but it is just off target.


Landmark occasion for Sergio Ramos this evening...


Great work from Joshua Kimmich to steer the ball back into the middle, but Timo Werner cannot get his head on the ball.


When there is this much talent on show, all it takes is two touches to score. Super pass from Iniesta, Rodrigo timed his run to perfection, before rifling into the net first time. His second goal for Spain - a huge goal for him, proving he can lead the line.


GOOOOOAL! Germany 0-1 Spain. Superb pass from Andres Iniesta through for Rodrigo Morena, who sweeps home to give the visitors the lead.


Julian Draxler lets the ball run through his legs, Mesut Ozil is onto it, but he is too slow, and is forced away from goal by David de Gea.


Spain have made a very impressive start here. David Silva fires a cross to the back post, but it is cleared.


KICK OFF! We are under way here in Dusseldorf. World Cup preparations are up and running!


Why are the Spain players not singing I hear you chastise? Because there are no lyrics in the Spanish national anthem!


FORM GUIDE: Having breezed through qualification - winning all 10 games - the German's are among a number of nations who are seeking sterner tests in this international break having not tasted defeat for 21 games in total - cue the visit of Spain. The 2010 world champions have gone 16 games unbeaten under Julen Lopetegui since their Euro 2016 exit to Italy. Something has to give - we are minutes away!

Mesut Oezil, Toni Kroos and Julian Draxler of Germany

Some absolute beauties in here...


Players are readying...


So Diego Costa does not come straight back into the Spain starting XI. Valencia's in-form forward Rodrigo Moreno gets the nod up front. Koke is in for the injured Sergio Busquets in midfield. Germany have named a similarly strong side, too, with Thomas Mueller behind livewire Timo Werner in attack. So much creativity present in midfield.

Diego Costa is out of the Spain squad

TEAM NEWS - GERMANY: Ter Stegen, Hector, Hummels, Khedira, Draxler, Kroos, Ozil, Werner, Muller, Boateng, Kimmich. /// SPAIN: De Gea, Carvajal, Pique, Ramos, Alba, Thiago, Koke, Iniesta, Silva, Isco, Rodrigo.


The teams are in...


Hello and welcome to our LIVE text commentary of Germany's international friendly with Spain from Dusseldorf. These two international heavyweights - the last two teams to win the World Cup - are sure to put on an entertaining spectacle, with preparations for Russia in full swing. Top of the FIFA world rankings, Germany will take some stopping on their home turf, though. I'm Pete Hall, and I will be bringing you the action, as it happens, live.