International friendlies - Di Maria rips Germany to shreds as Argentina down world champions

International friendly, Esprit Arena, Dusseldorf: Germany 2 (Schuerrle 52, Fernandez og 78’) Argentina 4 (Aguero 21’, Lamela 40’, Fernandez 47, Di Maria 50)

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International friendlies - Di Maria rips Germany to shreds as Argentina down world champions
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Angel Di Maria, Pablo Zabaleta and Sergio Aguero (Reuters)

Germany were stunned as Argentina managed to exact some modicum of revenge for their World Cup final defeat with a resounding victory in Dusseldorf.

In the absence of Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria was the pivot on which the Argentina team turned. The Manchester United acquisition set up Sergio Aguero for the first goal, playing him in from the right for a relatively simple tap-in; and then set up Erik Lamela for the second, with a beautiful ball to his unmarked team-mate in the box, allowing the Tottenham star to direct a tremendous volley into the back of the net.

As soon as the second half began, he took charge once more, feeding the head of Fedo Fernandez from a free-kick for the third, and scoring the fourth himself chipping substitute goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller after a neat one-two with Pablo Zabaleta down the right.

Germany were not without their chances, with some exceptional opportunities falling to Mario Gomez at close range, but he struggled throughout and failed to regain any composure. Andre Schuerrle finally managed to drag one back, tapping past Sergio Romero after his initial shot from a corner was smothered.

Mario Goetze would be fortunate if he were eventually to be credited with Germany’s second, which he tried to claim but which took a massive deflection off Fernandez and past the goalkeeper.

KEY MOMENTS

21’ GOAL! Ball in from Di Maria and it's turned in at the far post by Aguero, who looks vaguely offside. No flag, and with the replay he's clearly onside, so apologies to him for doubting him.

39' CHANCE! Free kick from distance, taken by Kroos and played towards Schuerrle at the back post, who attempts a volley and it's out for a throw-in. Yes, a throw-in.

40’ GOAL! Lamela shows Schuerrle how to volley - but why is he left entirely unmarked in the box? So, so, so much space for him to take on Di Maria's beautiful ball and score a tremendous goal.

45’+1 FAIL! Oh dear, Gomez. Reus's shot is parried away by Romero, and Gomez, again from close range, screws his shot wide much to the scorn of the spectators.

47’ GOAL! Not the resumption Germany would have wanted. A brave header from Federico Fernandez, from a free-kick courtesy of, er, Angel Di Maria.

50’ GOAL! And now Di Maria has scored. A one-two with Zabaleta down the right at Di Maria chips it over the keeper into the net.

52’ GOAL! Schuerrle gets one back, from a corner - left unmarked in the middle, his initial shot is smothered, but he picks up the rebound and scuffs that in.

78’ GOAL! Persistent play from Germany as Goetze's shot is deflected hugely off Fernandez. Romero looked wrong-footed from the start of the move.

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Angel Di Maria

KEY STATISTICS

Argentina ended Germany's run of 18 matches without a defeat (13 wins, 5 draws).

Germany have now played Argentina five times under Jogi Loew so far: They have lost all three friendlies but won both World Cup clashes.

The last time Germany conceded four goals in a home match was in the World Cup qualifier against Sweden on 16 October 2012, when they drew 4-4.

TALKING POINT

The Premier League rules! All of the goals were scored by men playing in the English Premier League - even the own goal! Meanwhile, England managed a single penalty at Wembley against Norway.

MATCHCAST: Germany v Argentina - as it happened

MAN OF THE MATCH

Angel Di Maria (Argentina): Even if he’d only played half the game, he’d still have got man of the match.

PLAYER RATINGS

Germany - Neuer 6 (Weidenfeller 6), Grosskreutz 6, Ginter 6, Hoewedes 6 (Rudiger 8), Durm 5, Kramer 6, Kroos 7 (Rudy 7), Schuerrle 7 (Mueller 6), Reus 8, Draxler 7 (Podolski 7), Gomez 4 (Goetze 7).

Argentina - Romero 7 (Andujar 7), Zabaleta 7 (Campagnaro 7), F Fernandez 7, Demichelis 7, Rojo 7, Perez 7 (A Fernandez 7), Mascherano 7, Biglia 7, Lamela 8 (Gago 7), Di Maria 9 (Alvarez 6), Aguero 7 (Gaitan 7).

THE MATCH IN A TWEET

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