Spain draw shows Joachim Loew areas for Germany improvement

24 March, 2018, 16:36 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • Spain draw shows Loew areas for Germany improvement

World champions Germany drew 1-1 with Spain in a high tempo friendly on Friday as they launched their preparations for a title defence in Russian Federation while their opponents had striker Diego Costa making his long-awaited comeback as a substitute.

Spain travelled to Germany unbeaten in 16 games since Julen Lopetegui took the reins after Euro 2016, but Friday's clash at a sold-out Esprit Arena represented arguably their biggest test of that run.

Valencia forward Rodrigo sent Spain ahead in the sixth minute of the global friendly, before Thomas Muller equalised for the world champions in the latter stages of the first period.

Lopetegui has said that facing Germany at this stage will stand his team in good stead ahead of Russian Federation.

"All in all, it's a fair result, it was a good game and a good test for us". We played against the world champions, who were very motivated.

A flurry of substitutions interrupted the flow of the match in the second half but Spain still had sights of goal with a stretching David Silva finding the side netting from a Marco Asensio cross before Diego Costa had a good chance blocked. "My players put into practice everything that we planned for this match".

With that in mind, Lopetegui named a strong side - as did Germany counterpart Joachim Low - which included a 150th global appearance for Sergio Ramos.

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"They've learned well all the lessons that we've been working on in training and they converted the chances that they created into goals".

"The first 20 minutes belonged to the Spanish, after that we played well", said Kroos.

The defending champions begin to finetune their World Cup preparations with high-profile home friendlies against Spain, in Duesseldorf, and Brazil, in Berlin, four days later.

"However, they had their moment and were able to run at us".

"I'm happy with the performance of the whole team, although there were things that were more positive than others in the match".

"We had Busquets out, but Thiago stepped up and played really well after some time away", he continued.

His return is good news for Lopetegui's team, one of the title contenders at the World Cup in Russian Federation starting in June.

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