Argentina surges back late for friendly draw with Germany

Andy Edwards
NBC Sports

Argentina scored twice in the final 25 minutes to erase a two-goal deficit and draw Germany in a friendly between the two world powers inside Borussia Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday.

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Serge Gnabry continued his red-hot form of late by firing Die Mannschaft ahead after 15 minutes, followed by Kai Havertz’s (Bayer Leverkusen) first international goal (assisted by Gnarby) just seven minutes later to make it 2-0 and put Germany in a commanding position.

But Argentina, without the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain or Angel di Maria, battled back in the second half, as Lucas Alario (Leverkusen) and Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla) bagged goals in the 66th and 85th minutes, respectively.

Germany was also dealing with a lengthy list of injuries, including (but not limited to): Timo Werner, Ilkay Gundogan, Toni Kroos, Jonas Hector, Antonio Rudiger, Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sane and Julian Draxler.

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Marc-Andre ter Stegen started in goal in place of Manuel Neuer, meaning for the first time since lifting the World Cup trophy in 2014, Germany started a game without a single world champion on the field.

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