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Argentina and Germany face-off in friendly match on Wednesday; Lionel Messi and Mesut Ozil ruled out due to injuries

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 - 10:16pm IST Updated: Tuesday, 2 September 2014 - 10:17pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk
  • Argentina coach Gerardo Martino (L) will be looking to register a win straightaway as his team faces Joachim Low's (R) Germany.

Argentina begin their campaign under new coach Gerardo Martino looking to avenge the loss they suffered in the World Cup Final on July 14, when they take on Germany in a friendly match. The match will be played on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at the ESPRIT Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany at 20:45 hours BST (01:15 hours IST, September 4).

In the final this year, Germany beat Alejandro Sabella's Argentina and played like true world champions to lift the trophy, pipping the latter 1-0 in which Mario Goetze scored an extra-time goal to hand his team a fourth title.

Argentina will be keen to spoil Germany's party after German players poked fun at the runners-up on their return from Brazil with their "Gaucho dance" in Berlin.

Despite other friendlies this one will remain the pick of the draws.

Martino will look to continue the work of his predecessor Alejandro Sabella, who relinquished his post following the World Cup final defeat after almost three years in charge.

Germany will miss three of its most senior players after they announced international retirement post the world cup campaign. Record scorer Miroslav Klose, experienced defender Per Mertesacker and captain Philipp Lahm all hung up their boots after tasting success in Brazil. Media reports prompt that Bastian Schweinsteiger remains the front-runner for the captain's armband until Loew officially names him as the new captain on Tuesday. The twitter account of the Germn football team says that Manuel Neuer will lead the champions tomorrow.

Argentina star Lionel Messi will sit out as he nurses a an injury to the right leg. Defender Ezequiel Garay, midfielder Maxi Rodriguez and forward Rodrigo Palacio are also ruled out.

Apart from the retirees, who will all be honoured before kickoff, Germany will be without midfielder Mesut Ozil due to his ankle injury. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Shkodran Mustafi are also out.




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