Germany coach Joachim Low has called for fans to be patient with his side’s young players after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Argentina in their friendly in Dortmund.
Serge Gnabry, who bagged four goals in Bayern Munich’s 7-2 thrashing of Tottenham in the Champions League last week, opened the scoring after 15 minutes and then set up Kai Havertz to make it 2-0 at Signal Iduna Park.
However, an Argentina side without the suspended Lionel Messi fought back in the second half to secure a draw thanks to goals from substitutes Lucas Alario and Lucas Ocampos.
“We played with confidence in the first half and attacked them at pace,” Low told the German Football Association’s website. “Argentina then played really well in the second half. They brought on players with a lot of quality.
“We lost the ball too much and got ourselves into a few problems. We couldn’t keep up our level of performance for the whole 90 minutes, although I am pleased with the way we started.
“I would have like the team to have been a bit calmer during the game though. It’s really positive how the guys who have only played a few times have been doing. It’s always annoying to throw away a 2-0 lead. You have to be a bit lenient with younger players though.”
Germany captain Joshua Kimmich agreed with Low’s assessment, adding: “I think our performance is a tale of two halves. The first half was good, we did well. Then, in the second half, we lost possession quickly and they came back from two goals down.
“Unfortunately that has happened to us a few times with the national team. I don’t believe that anybody is worried about or afraid of conceding goals. We didn’t have enough of the ball and so it was difficult to move into the spaces.”
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni was understandably pleased with his side’s second-half performance.
“The first half was not good, we made mistakes and we got caught,” he said in quotes reported by the team’s official Twitter account. “But the important thing is that we knew how to understand the game in the second.
“We made mistakes in the first half. In the second we treat the ball better and with more patience. I think overall it was a good game, with a lot of positives for what’s coming.
“In these matches performance matters, the result is secondary. In the second half there was a rather more determined Argentina.”
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James Maddison has withdrawn from the England squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria due to an illness.
The Leicester midfielder, 22, has made an impressive start to the Premier League campaign and was in strong contention to make a senior debut in this round of matches.
However, the football Association announced he would play no part for Gareth Southgate’s men.
“James Maddison has withdrawn from the England squad through illness,” the FA said in a statement.
“There will be no replacement called up for the Leicester player and a 23-man squad will travel to Prague on Thursday ahead of the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.”
Maddison, who has four caps for England Under-21s, was first called into the senior squad this time last year by Southgate.
The former Coventry and Norwich player moved to Leicester in the summer of 2018, and has started seven of the Foxes’ eight Premier League matches so far, scoring twice.
Maddison joins Fabian Delph on the sidelines, after the Everton midfielder withdrew from the squad on Monday due to a hamstring injury.
England would qualify for Euro 2020 with a win over the Czechs in Prague on Friday.
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A weakened Argentina side came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against an injury-hit Germany team in their friendly on Wednesday.
Playing without the suspended Lionel Messi — or the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Angel Di Maria or Sergio Aguero — the visitors still managed to cancel out first-half goals from Serge Gnabry and Kai Havertz with second-half strikes from Lucas Alario and Lucas Ocampos, who scored on his debut.
Germany coach Joachim Loew gave four players their international debuts, including Freiburg team-mates Robin Koch and Luca Waldschmidt, and Nadiem Amiri and Suat Serdar, who came on in the second half.
But Loew’s side lost control in the second half and allowed the visitors to level after Bayern Leverkusen forward Alario came on for the ineffective Paulo Dybala in the 62nd minute.
Alario scored in the 66th and set up Ocampos to equalise in the 85th.