Preview - Germany vs Spain 24 March 2018

Started by Harry85, Mar 22, 2018, 09:47 PM

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International Friendly
Germany vs Spain
Saturday, March 24th, 2018
03:45am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Esprit Arena

Last five matches form: W W W D D
Average goals per match: 4.3
Average goals against per match: 0.4
Top scorer: Thomas Müller (37)

Last five matches form: W W W W D
Average goals per match: 3.6
Average goals against per match: 0.3
Top scorer: David Silva (35)

There are a number of high quality international friendlies being played this weekend, but this may very well be the best of them as the defending World Cup Champions tackle the 2012 victors. It's Germany vs Spain in Dusseldorf.
Both sides arrive in red hot form, with Germany unbeaten in 21 and Spain unbeaten in 16. Both sides strolled through qualification, rattling in the goals and conceding very little at the other end, as evidenced by their impressive average for and against goal statistics. In terms of calibre of opposition this will represent a big step up in class for both nations and should serve as an ideal preparation game ahead of the main event this summer.
Germany look set to be without Liverpool's Emre Can for this matchup. Spain face the greater problems in midfield though, with Thiago Alcàntara, Sergio Busquets and Asier Illarramendi all expected to miss out. Isco is however expected to be available.
Up front Germany may hand a start to emerging star Timo Werner, whilst the returning Diego Costa will be hoping to force his way back into the starting line-up for Spain.
On the back of surprisingly conceding three against Russia last time out, and with the German's having the advantage of playing on home soil here, we suspect Spain may just come unstuck. Take Joachim Low's men to come out on top in an entertaining encounter.
Prediction: Germany 3 - 2 Spain


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 10 - 7
Shots on target: 4 - 2
Corner Kicks: 9 - 2
Possession: 45% - 55%

Spain found themselves in front here inside the opening the opening ten minutes. A trademark Andreas Iniesta pass carving open the German defence. Marc-Andre ter Stegen rushed from his line to try and avert the danger, but it was Rodrigo who got there first to fire into the far corner. 0-1. Lovely goal.

The game continued to flow from end to end following the opener, with Timo Werner - whose pace was proving to be a constant menace - dragging a shot narrowly wide when through on goal. Spain for their part played as Spain do, patient slick passing and a sudden change of pace, David Silva having an excellent chance but being uncharacteristically let down by his first touch.

Germany did get their equaliser before the whistle for half time sounded, and what a goal it was. Kroos to Khedira to Müller around 25 yards from goal, Müller to the top corner with a wonderful strike. 1-1 at half-time.

Soon after the break the Germans tried their luck from range once again. Julian Draxler this time unleashing a venomous dipping drive that seemed destined for the back of the net. David de Gea showed just why he is the best in the world though with a full stretch save to tip the ball around the post.

On 55 minutes another incisive passing move from Spain ended up with Isco hitting ter Stegen from all of three yards.

Barely 60 seconds later de Gea was at again. Ilkay Gündogan's effort from the edge of the area was perfectly placed to find the bottom corner, but there was the Spanish stopper to get his fingertips to the ball.

De Gea finally was beaten after 64 minutes following a clever free kick routine, the bar came to his recue though to keep out Mats Hummels header. Neither side would get closer to a winner. 1-1 final score.

A cracking game this between two sides who seem sure to go very well in Russia.

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