Germany scrape past Saudi in final practice match

Gundogan jeered by Germany supporters again during Saudi Arabia friendly

Gundogan jeered by Germany supporters again during Saudi Arabia friendly

Having failed to win any of their previous five friendly games since wrapping up qualification with a ideal 10 wins from 10 matches, Germany rebounded from last weekend's 2-1 defeat to Austria.

Saudi Arabia wrapped up their World Cup preparations with a 2-1 loss to Germany in Leverkusen on Friday, but having outplayed the world champions for periods of the second-half, Juan Antonio Pizzi says his side can take great belief going into the tournament's opening match on Thursday against hosts Russian Federation.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the game, he said: "We've gone over the Austria game thoroughly with the coaches and analysts".

At a post-match news conference, he added: "We will continue to improve and when the tournament starts, we will be there". "We'll be ready when (the World Cup) starts", Low said. next week". "We created opportunities to score more than one goal".

"Maybe we were lacking a bit of strength after the (two-week) training camp but next week we will be fresher and stronger", Loew said. Mesut Ozil, who is laboring with a knee injury, was left out with Julian Draxler of Paris Saint-Germain taking the Arsenal midfielder's place.

The Germans grabbed a ideal start into the encounter as Joshua Kimmich's long ball found Marco Reus inside the box before Timo Werner hammered home from close range with eight minutes into the game.

Ismaila Sarr had given the visitors a 48th-minute lead, only for the home side to respond with goals from Inter Milan forward Ivan Perisic (63) and Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramaric (84).

"We played a good first half but our performance significantly decreased after the half time".


A former Dortmund team-mate of Reus' will enter Russian Federation 2018 under a cloud - Ilkay Gundogan again receiving boos following his meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Loew gestured to supporters for applause but only some heeded his appeal.

Germany manager Joachim Low, who had appeared angered by the crowd's jeering, told ARD that "the fact that a national player is booed like that helps nobody." . Especially after the world's all-time best goalkeeper, Oliver Kahn, took over as their goalkeeping coach, the Asian side would surely have a big responsibility up their sleeve to defend their goal against the likes of Timo Werner and Thomas Muller.

Al Sahlawi, introduced to little effect for Al Muwallad, saw his tame penalty saved, but Al Jassem reacted quickest to smash home the rebound.

When is the Federation Internationale de Football Association worldwide friendly game between Germany and Saudi Arabia? Germany kicks off its title defense against Mexico three days later.

The hosts finally saw something count two minutes before half-time when defender Hawsawi turned a cross from Werner into his own net.

Saudi Arabia may have lost to Germany on Friday night but Juan Antonio Pizzi said the Green Falcons head to the World Cup full of confidence.

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