Latest Football News – Led 2-0 on goals from Gnabry (15th) and Havertz (22nd), Argentina, without Messi, recovered superbly in the second half to return to the score thanks to Alario (66th) and Ocampos (85th) Wednesday in Dortmund. The former Marseillais thus celebrated in the most beautiful manner his first selection with the Albiceleste and frustrated a rather attractive German youth in the first half.
Six world titles combined on the pitch, for a remake of the final of the World Cup 2014: even without many stars, absent this Wednesday, Germany – Argentina has kept some of its promises. That of the show, at least. Manned 2-0 by the Mannschaft, Albiceleste has reaffirmed in the second period thanks to his entrants, Lucas Ocampos equalizing five minutes of the term for his first selection (2-2). Very rejuvenated, Joachim Löw’s squad offered two very unequal halves, four days away from Estonia, a qualifier for Euro 2020. Lionel Scaloni’s team has long struggled to be dangerous.
A dozen absences on the German side, no Lionel Messi – suspended – for Argentina: it was written that the solution would not come from the stars in this meeting. Then the Mannschaft decided to rely on his youth during a first act dominated if not fully mastered. From the quarter of an hour of play, Serge Gnabry took advantage of a big hole in the air defense to open the score in front of the public in Dortmund (1-0, 15th). Seven minutes later, he served 20-year-old Kai Havertz on a plateau to give midfielder Bayer Leverkusen his first goal of the draw (2-0, 22nd). The evening of his third tenure.
Scaloni or the art of winning coaching
In defense, Robin Koch assured for his first selection, unlike a Gian-Luca Waldschmidt much more discreet in front. Nadiem Amiri and Suat Serdar were also launched in the second half. Lionel Scaloni did not specifically activate the lever of youth. But that of coaching. Entering the break, Marcos Acuna delivered a caviar to Lucas Alario, who had been on the pitch for four minutes (2-1, 66th). Then five minutes from the end, Lucas Ocampos – also launched in the resumption – celebrated his first tenure by equalizing on a service … Alario, ubiquitous (2-2, 85th).
What to punish completely passive premises in the second period, and reward a more enterprising Argentine selection after long lack of inspiration. Joshua Kimmich’s teammates must now look to their trip to Estonia on Sunday (8:45 pm), where they will not be allowed to make the mistake in the race to qualify for Euro 2020. For Argentina, the next step is a new friendly match in Ecuador, Sunday (16.00).