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Global friendly match report Germany v Spain 23 March 2018

Global friendly match report Germany v Spain 23 March 2018

Germany's players pose for a team photo prior to the global friendly football match of Germany vs Spain in Duesseldorf, western Germany, on March 23, 2018, in preparation of the 2018 Fifa World Cup: (front row, L-R) Germany's midfielder Joshua Kimmich, Germany's forward Thomas Mueller, Germany's midfielder Julian Draxler, Germany's striker Timo Werner and Germany's midfielder Mesut Ozil; (row behind, L-R) Germany's midfielder Leroy Sane, Germany's defender Mats Hummels, Germany's midfielder Toni Kroos, Germany's defender Jonas Hector, Germany's midfielder Sami Khedira and Germany's defender Jerome Boateng.

Germany roared back though, and equalised in memorable fashion when Muller found the top corner of De Gea's net with a 25-yard thunderbolt.

Spain travelled to Germany, playing out an entertaining draw, in what was undoubtedly more competitive than a friendly fixture that it was supposed to be.

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui included three veterans who won the 2010 World Cup in Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos and Andres Iniesta.

"The feeling is positive, we played against the best team in the world and did well".

Brazil play Germany in the next match while Russian Federation meet France.

La Roja almost got a second goal after a string of delightful passes played in David Silva, but his momentum took him past the ball and he was unable to properly control.

But as Germany gradually gained control the hosts levelled in stunning fashion in the 35th minute.

Right at the start of the second half, Germany winger Julian Draxler came within a whisker of putting the hosts ahead.

Only a great Ter Stegen save denied Isco, but the Germans counter-attacked immediately and De Gea had to palm away a shot by Gundogan.

Spain also went close through Isco, who was denied at point-blank range by Marc-Andre ter Stegen, and Diego Costa as honours finished even at a sold-out Esprit Arena.

Both sides had late chances to steal the win, but a flurry of changes by both coaches meant the game's tempo dropped for the final quarter of an hour.

"Both teams will have more to show by the time the World Cup comes around".

Joao Miranda scored the opener in the 53rd minute, while Phillipe Coutinho made it 2-0 from the spot.

"We knew that Spain are hard to defend against, you have to nearly defend against them man-to-man".

"We were playing against the best team in the world now, a team with a lot of motivation and we've felt it".