Germany 2 Argentina 2: Serge Gnabry scores again but Low’s youngsters drop two-goal lead in Dortmund

ARGENTINA fought back from two goals down to snatch a draw away to a Germany team packed with debutants on Wednesday.

Joachim Low handed first caps to four players in Dortmund and paid the price as Lucas Alario and Lucas Ocampos scored late on in the 2-2 friendly.

Germany 2 Argentina 2: Serge Gnabry scores again but Low’s youngsters drop two-goal lead in Dortmund4 Gnabry continued the form that saw him smash four past SpursCredit: Getty – Contributor
Germany 2 Argentina 2: Serge Gnabry scores again but Low’s youngsters drop two-goal lead in Dortmund4 Argentina are now four games unbeatenCredit: Getty – Contributor

There was no doubt who the better side were in the first-half as the hosts launched into an early two-goal lead, Serge Gnabry notching his 10th goal in just 11 Mannschaft outings.

The winger danced through a number of desperate lunges to poke Germany ahead on 15 minutes and he set up Kai Havertz for 2-0 moments later.

Out-of-sorts Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo handed possession to Lukas Klostermann and a precise counter-attack was calmly finished by Bayer Leverkusen's Hazertz.

Argentina barely featured until after the break and were back in the game on 65 minutes when another Leverkusen forward, Alario, expertly diverted a tempting cross past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

All of a sudden, Germany were crumbling under pressure and there was the threat of letting another lead slip after similar drop-offs against France and the Netherlands.

Alario was again central as the South Americans equalised, running freely into the box before the ball fell to Ocampos for a placed finish that nicked off Emre Can.

Germany 2 Argentina 2: Serge Gnabry scores again but Low’s youngsters drop two-goal lead in Dortmund4 Low has much to ponder after seeing his side collapseCredit: AP:Associated Press
Germany 2 Argentina 2: Serge Gnabry scores again but Low’s youngsters drop two-goal lead in Dortmund4 Toni Kroos, Julian Draxler and Marco Reus were all absent in DortmundCredit: EPA

Germany will hope to scratch off the draw as a learning curve for young stars and should get back to winning ways when travelling to Estonia on Sunday.

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With four wins from five, Low's side sit top of Euro 2020 qualification Group C with clashes at home to Belarus and Northern Ireland also to come.

Without such a tournament to qualify for at the moment, Argentina continue to build on their third-place at the Copa America under Lionel Scaloni.

They will hope to have Sergio Romero, Angel Di Maria, Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi back in their side ready for the next Copa, which they co-host in the summer of 2020.

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