Germany and Spain keep unbeaten runs going with draw

Emre Can

Emre Can

Germany and Spain played out a 1-1 draw in an global friendly at the Esprit Arena, Dusseldorf, on Friday as Rodrigo Moreno's opener was cancelled out by Thomas Muller's fine strike.

"We can learn a lot from tonight [Friday], that's why we wanted to play against teams like Spain and Brazil".

They can now match it when they take on five-times world champions Brazil on Tuesday when Spain, the 2010 World Cup winners, host Argentina in Madrid.

Rodrigo Moreno put Spain ahead after just six minutes in Duesseldorf, but hosts Germany levelled when Thomas Mueller hit a superb equaliser in his 90th worldwide.

The visitors controlled the ball but failed to extend the lead as David Silva squandered a good chance from inside the box with 18 minutes played.

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.

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.

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Draxler tried to replicate Muller's goal shortly after the restart but this time De Gea made a wonderful save, diving high to his left to tip the 25-yard drive away.

Germany continued to attack with Timo Werner firing into the side-netting and Mats Hummels heading a Toni Kroos free kick off the crossbar.

"The feeling is positive, we played against the best team in the world and did well. That unites the national team and for me, they are one of the top favourites (for the World Cup)".

"We knew that Spain are hard to defend against, you have to nearly defend against them man-to-man".

Play opened up in the final minutes and the match was anyone's to win.

His return is good news for Lopetegui's team, one of the title contenders at the World Cup in Russian Federation starting in June.

With that in mind, Lopetegui named a strong side - as did Germany counterpart Joachim Low - which included a 150th worldwide appearance for Sergio Ramos.

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