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Four observations from Germany’s 2:2 draw against Argentina

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It may have been just a friendly match before Euro 2020 qualifiers, but there are a lot of things the team can learn from this match.

Germany v Argentina - International Friendly Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images

Mixed lineup, mixed result

The first half was one of the better displays by Germany’s national team in a long while! The attack was fast and good, the defense well-organized, and almost everything worked like a charm. Germany dominated the first half and left Argentina feeling lucky they only conceded twice. And Germany accomplished that with a fairly mixed lineup.

Some new players were introduced tonight, and a bunch of usual starters were sidelined due to an injury. But as the game progressed, the German national team lost its edge and started playing too passively. Suddenly, the tables turned. Argentina was the better side and came back into the match by scoring two goals. In the end, 2-2 seemed to be a fair result for both teams.

Far from a friendly

This game was a friendly match only on paper. The reality was completely opposite. Both teams played well, albeit at different points, making the match a very interesting one to watch. The tempo was high and chances were created quickly. Both teams gave their best to win this game. Also, some players might consider themselves lucky not to be injured tonight. There was ample foul play and lots of tension tonight. Things began to spiral out of control toward the end of the first half, but in the end no major problems were created. The game ended with four yellow cards.

Troublesome inconsistency

Yes, yes, this was a friendly, but inconsistency is actually becoming a big issue for Joachim Löw’s side. After an amazing first-half performance, the second half was the complete opposite. Although some important players were subbed off later in the second half, things looked far from perfect even before the substitutions were made. The real problem here is that Löw still hasn’t found his winning formula. The team is playing well intermittently, but that won’t be enough for Euro 2020. Löw may be lacking some important players, but his time for experimenting is running out.

Serge Gnabry makes history

Serge Gnabry is currently in amazing form both for Germany and Bayern Munich. The winger has now scored ten goals in only eleven caps for the national team. That incredibly rate is the fastest any player ever has scored ten goals for Germany, a record previously held by the legendary Miroslav Klose. Good times are ahead for Gnabs!