Joachim Löw drummed his fists on his chest. Just the Argentines was the 1: 2 in the test against the German national team succeeded. And the coach guessed that a bad second half could screw him up a very good first. So Loew drummed on the sideline and wanted to signal his captain, Joshua Kimmich, with this: now chest out!
It did not help. Germany gave the victory despite a 2-0 lead from the hand and played 2: 2 (2: 0). Nevertheless, Löw was able to collect enough information. For example, that it is possible for him, despite a total of 14 failures and four debutants in the field, to offer a useful team that gives pleasure for 45 minutes. Or that Kai Havertz create special moments and Emre Can can be a pretty good defender. But Löw also had to experience that it is still not his strength to respond appropriately to radical changes in the gameplay.
The German team and their coach in the individual review:
Marc-André ter Stegen, Tor: Wanted to show that he is at least as good as Manuel Neuer. First he could not because the Argentinians did not score on his goal – or if, then on the crossbar (33). And then he was powerless twice in Alari's header (66th) and Ocampo's equalizer (85th). Ter Stegen caught in the national jersey apparently the ungrateful games. But he also endangered Kimmich twice in the game with risky passes – causing trouble.
Emre Can, Defense: Because, in addition to Ginter and Tah, Stark also failed at short notice because of gastrointestinal influenza, the Turin midfielder had to help out in a triple or five-member defense chain. He had once learned that from Klopp in Liverpool. And I liked it. For a long time he was as insurmountable as a Berliner bouncer and often switched in front, which was good for the game in half. Had bad luck because Marchesín denied him 3-0 (55.), And he faked a shot just before the end so that the ball to 2-2 jumped into the goal. Nevertheless, Can was one of the best.
Robin Koch, Defense: International debutant number one. National coach Löw preferred to nominate the inexperienced Freiburger to reactivate as world champion Mats Hummels. Koch was also allowed to start because of Stark's indisposition. Loew saw him "very stable and self-confident", which could be found because of the short settling time ok. But Koch also jumped under the cross, the Alario used to 1: 2. Forward, he tried a Hummels memory outer-race pass that landed in nowhere. Is less Hummels and more Matthias Ginter.
Niklas Süle, (center), Defense: Must experience in the national team time and again, as his team guides from the hand. It can not really be said that it is on Munich. When it got hectic in the end, Süle threw herself in a few shots. Nevertheless, he could not secure the German victory again.
Lukas Klostermann, Midfield: The Leipzig full-back has his strengths in the offensive. You could see that in half one. The 1: 0 he prepared when he used a mistake of Correa and hung up for Gnabry. Also for the 2-0 he was the midwife, when he led a counterattack with a ballon conquest and a long sprint, which was then completed over Gnabry and Havertz. Defensive but not always stable.
Joshua Kimmich, Midfielder: Wore the captain's armband for the first time and later called it a "special feeling". But early saw the yellow card and delivered a private skirmish with Leandro Parades. You are leader not by cowboyish appearance, but by clever. Remembered it in the course of the game. He ran many holes and wanted to keep the ship on course, as the German defensive threatened to capsize. He did not succeed.
Kai Havertz, midfielder (until 83rd minute): Just as he let the old bounce pad Otamendi jump into space with just a single tender change in his foot posture just after the break, the coming alone justifies itself. Havertz is far from mature. But he has those moments in his foot that remind you of the beauty of the game. He scored his first international goal. At some point you will probably remember it when looking back on a great career. That he also allowed the cross to 1: 2, then you will have forgotten.
Sebastian Rudy, midfielder (from 83 minutes): Came in and a minute later the equalizer fell. That was not on the Hoffenheim, but it should still worm him. It was a double comeback: that of Rudy in the national team, and that of the Argentines in the game.
Marcel Halstenberg, Midfielder: Also for the second Leipzig defender: better in front than behind. Had almost scored the second dream goal after his volley against Northern Ireland, but his free kick from 25 yards splashed on the crossbar. It would have been 3: 0. And then there might be an eulogy on Halstenberg. But in the end he too was flooded by the bow wave of the Argentine attacks.
Julian Brandt, Attack (up to 66th minute): Dortmund played a part in making the first half exciting. Many clever runs, sometimes blind understanding with his friend Havertz and a lost chance (14th). Can see himself as the winner of the game. Only when he was replaced, the victory was lost.
Nadiem Amiri, Attack (66th minute): International debutant number two. Also for the Leverkusen this game was ungrateful. Came in, as the Argentines had just managed the connection. Because there was almost no German attacking game after that, he looked like a paper messenger on the open sea.
Luca Waldschmidt, Attack: Debutant Three. The Freiburger ran a lot, sometimes against Argentine shoulders. Hard-working was the top scorer of the U21 European Championship, but also a bit inconspicuous except for a shot at the outside net.
Serge Gnabry, Attack (until 71st minute): Scored his tenth goal in the eleventh game. An impressive record, which is also due to three goals against San Marino on his debut in 2016. But Gnabry is currently the front man of the German band: In the past five games met the Munich six times. And because he also prepared for Havertz 2-0 against Argentina, he comes in this period on a total of seven direct participations. This is music in the ears of every attacker.
Suat Serdar, midfield (71st minute): debutant four. When he skillfully freed himself from a pressure situation with several double passes, the Schalke even received applause. And that in Dortmund. But then lost the ball before the 2: 2. Only the Argentine fans applauded.
Joachim Löw, Trainer: The many cancellations made it particularly difficult for the national coach. And Loew can claim to be a success, that his puzzled Elf for half provided courage, dedication and wit for joy. That is not self-evident. But when his Argentine colleague Lionel Scaloni converted in the second round to three strikers and thus blew up the German five -string, Loew had no suitable answer. A conversion to a four-chain and the plugging of the hole in front of the defensive line, where primarily Alario was allowed to move freely, the German team would have done well.