Düsseldorf/Berlin – Germany started their preparations for this summer’s world cup in Russia with a 1-1 draw against Spain on Friday night: „It was a very good test for us with a lot of intensity. Both teams looked to get forward and apply pressure. We picked up on a few things that we can now work on,” said Löwe after a high-quality encounter.
Thomas Müller’s first half equaliser cancelled out Rodrigo Moreno’s early opener. Marvin Plattenhardt watched on from the bench and will now wait until Tuesday to hopefully make his sixth appearance for Germany against Brazil in the Olympiastadion.
“Marvin played really well against France in November and along with Jonas Hector is the left-back of choice to go to the Russia this summer,” said Löw after the game. The Germany boss went on to suggest “Platts” will start on Tuesday.
Norway demolish Australia
There was a clear winner in the battle of the Hertha players in Oslo and Rune Jarstein’s Norway defeated Mathew Leckie’s Australia 4-1. Ther Socceroos, being coached by Bert van Marwijk for the first time took the lead, but were second best from there on in. “The first game is always tough. We need time to get used to each other and that will take a bit of time,” said the Dutchman, who kept Leckie on the pitch for all of the 90 minutes. The guys were up for it and that’s a positive but the result was too much. The next test will come against Colombia in London on Tuesday, while Jarstein and Norway will meet Albania on the same day.
Clear win for Lazaro and Austria.
Austria also tasted success on Friday night. Franco Forda’s side ran out easy winners against Slovenia 3-0, with Valentino Lazaro playing 67 minutes. A David Alaba strike and a brace from Marko Arnautovic were enough. Austria now take on Luxembourg on Tuesday.
Baak and Maier included again.
Germany under-19s continue their quest for a place at Euro 2019 on Saturday with a match against Norway, and Arne Maier and Florian Baak look set to take their place in the starting XI again. Coming off the back of a 3-0 win over Scotland in the week, the boys’ third and final game of this international break will take place against the Netherlands on Tuesday. Only the group winners will book their place at next Summer’s tournament.