Muller Wonderstrike Cancels Out Rodrigo Opener As Germany and Spain Draw
- Author: Eleanor Harrison Mar 25, 2018,
Mar 25, 2018, 0:32
Spain substitute Diego Costa had chance to snatch a late victor but he could not convert and the two countries - who could meet again in the World Cup semi-finals - ended up sharing the honours. "We have a good feeling after this game against the best team in the world", said Lopetegui, whose own unbeaten run with Spain is now 17 games.
Germany were punished for living dangerously as Spain dominated the early exchanges.
Germany roared back though, and equalised in memorable fashion when Muller found the top corner of De Gea's net with a 25-yard thunderbolt.
La Roja almost got a second goal after a string of delightful passes played in David Silva, but his momentum took him past the ball and he was unable to properly control. It took a superb piece of skill for Germany to draw level on 35 minutes.
There is no place in the XI for Diego Costa, with Rodrigo leading the line, while Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea starts.
Spain keeper David de Gea did well to tip a Julian Draxler curler around the post, while Germany counterpart Marc-Andre ter Stegen expertly denied Isco with a point-blank save.
The hosts continued to pose the greater goalscorer threat, however, and Werner went close again before Hummels sent a 65th-minute header crashing against the crossbar from Kroos' cross. Both teams tried to mix things up with substitutions but neither could finish off their chances.
Inter Milan full-back Miranda scored the opener while Barcelona midfield pair Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho scored one apiece.
"They've learned well all the lessons that we've been working on in training and they converted the chances that they created into goals. We must be mentally strong and we have no other choice but to play our best football on Tuesday". These two teams are among the bookies' favorite to lift the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation this summer and we all witnessed a preview of what could be a likely final.