Friendly: Germany 1-0 Chile

German Football
By German Football March 4, 2014 14:55

Friendly: Germany 1-0 Chile

Mario Götze scored but Germany were unimpressive in a 1-0 win over a Chile side that held their own in the friendly international on Wednesday.

Götze scored against the run of play in the 16th minute after Mesut Özil eluded three defenders on the edge of the area. Götze took the midfielder’s pass with his right foot and then shot it over Chile goalkeeper Johnny Herrera with his left.

Eduardo Vargas came closest for Chile when he struck the crossbar in the second half. Arturo Vidal should have equalized in the first as the dominant visitors failed to capitalise on a stuttering performance from the home side.

Coach Joachim Löw was unable to hide his frustration, even before his side drew whistles from fans at the end.

“We have seen how well Chile can play,” said Löw, for whom the game was a final chance to experiment before naming his provisional World Cup squad on May 8. “We had to put in a crazy amount of effort to get into the game,” he said. “It was incredibly difficult.”

Of the four players Löw nominated for the very first time, only Freiburg’s 20-year-old Matthias Ginter took to the pitch as a late substitute for Özil. Germany’s next game, against Poland, comes on May 13 in Hamburg.

The squad:

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund)

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (SC Freiburg), Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Marcell Jansen (Hamburg), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Shkodran Mustafi (Sampdoria), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund)

Midfielders: Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Andre Hahn (FC Augsburg), Mario Götze, Toni Kroos, Bastian Schweinsteiger (all Bayern Munich), Mesut Özil, Lukas Podolski (both Arsenal), Andre Schürrle (Chelsea), Sidney Sam (Bayer Leverkusen)

Attackers: Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Hamburger SV), Miroslav Klose (Lazio)

German Football
By German Football March 4, 2014 14:55

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