Germany draw with Spain as Diego Costa makes comeback

Germany draw with Spain as Diego Costa makes comeback

Germany draw with Spain as Diego Costa makes comeback

Spain needed just six minutes to take the lead when Andres Iniesta picked out Rodrigo's run into the box and the Valencia man coolly fired past Ter Stegen.

Germany coach Low was satisfied with the night's work from his side, but believes the defending world champions and 2010 World Cup winners Spain still have room to improve.

Thomas Muller leveled it up for the Germans courtesy of a stunning strike.

"There was a good intensity to the game, it was a test in which we were able to learn a lot", said Loew.

Both sides remain unbeaten since Euro 2016, with Germany one game away from equalling their record of 23 matches, while Spain has not lost in 17.

Brazil play Germany in the next match while Russian Federation meet France.

It was only a timely pounce by Ter Stegen that prevented a second Spanish goal in the 18th minute after Isco Alarcon controlled the ball with his chest to set up David Silva. It took a superb piece of skill for Germany to draw level on 35 minutes.

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The Mannschaft were ferocious to start the second half and a blast by Julian Draxler forced a big save from De Gea as the match turned into a dual between two of the world's best goalkeepers.

Marc Andre ter Stegen pulled off a major block to deny Isco from regaining the lead following a cross from Jordi Alba, while De Gea managed something similar with an outstretched keep out Sammy Khedira. Hummels hit the crossbar on 65 minutes with a header after Toni Kroos floated a free-kick over Spain's wall.

There is also a start at right-back for Joshua Kimmich who has impressed at Bayern this season, ensuring both club and country have not missed the presence of Philipp Lahm.

"First I have to do it with Barcelona, then win the World Cup, which I didn't win last time".

"There are things to improve, but we know how good Germany are", he explained.

"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".

There are just three months before the World Cup kicks off in Russian Federation, and while Loew expects both teams to impress on Friday he also knows neither will be keen to put all their wares on display.

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