Argentina came two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw with Germany at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund on Wednesday, October 9th. After going 2-0 up in the first-half, the Germans looked to be cruising to a comfortable victory, but the South American side fought back in second half to earn the draw.
Germany started strongly on the front foot and took the lead in the 16th minute. Bayern Munich star Serge Gnabry dribbled past a few defenders before slotting the ball past goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin to put his team a goal up.
The goal was Gnabry’s tenth in 11 international caps, making him the fastest player in German history to reach double figures ahead of Miroslav Klose, who scored his first ten in 13 caps.
They doubled their lead minutes later, and this time Gnabry was the provider as his low cross was tapped into the back of the net by Kai Havertz.
Marcel Halstenberg curled a free-kick against the cross bar on the half-hour mark as Germany looked to extend their lead. Minutes later, Argentina also hit the woodwork as Rodrigo De Paul fired an effort against the post from long range.
The Germans went into the interval two goals up.
Argentina came out much stronger in the second half and managed to halve the deficit just after the hour mark. The two substitutes combined as Marcos Acuna’s cross was headed into the back of the net by Lucas Alario.
The Argentines continued to pressure the young German defence and finally managed to equalise in the 85th minute. Alario ran into the box before finding Lucas Ocampos, who fired into the net via a deflection off Emre Can as the game ended all-square.
AFP reported that Germany manager Joachim Loew admitted his side did not sustain their level of performance throughout the game.
"We wanted to be in the game right from the off, but unfortunately we couldn't hold on for 90 minutes," said Loew.
"We lost a few balls, a bit of courage, and got into trouble," he added.
Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni on the other hand was happy with his side’s response after they went two goals down.
"We matured during the game," Scaloni said. "We made two or three mistakes in the first half, but got a grip in the second half, were more patient, and we take a lot of positives for the future."