Saturday, 23 June, 2018

Lacklustre Germany beat Saudi Arabia 2-1

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Saudi Arabia defender Omar Hawsawi netted an own goal two minutes before halftime, but Saudi Arabia pulled one back through midfielder Taisir Al Jassim on the 84th minute.

Leverkusen: Timo Werner impressed as Germany gave themselves a pre-World Cup boost on Friday by breaking their five-match winless streak with a nervy 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia in their final warm-up game.

Saudi Arabia was humiliated 8-0 in the 2002 World Cup by Germany but its current vintage, led by former Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi, should fare better this time around, with a seemingly vulnerable host Russian Federation up first for them in the tournament opener.

The 2-1 defeat went the way of the pre-match predictions - Germany at home were never likely to lose - but the performance of Pizzi's side hinted at a new-found maturity and that the new coach's ideas were finally being taken on board by the players.

"Today we missed a lot of chances, we were really open in defence and allowed too many counter-attacks from Saudi Arabia. Next week, we'll have more power".

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They looked in control after Werner smashed the ball in off the crossbar from Marco Reus' cross.

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Fahad Al-Muwallad's stunning strike in their final group game against Japan secured a 1-0 win and ensured the Kingdom would be returning to the World Cup after a 12-year absence.

The Manchester City midfielder caused a political storm last month along with Mesut Ozil by meeting Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and handing over a signed shirt to "my president". Khedira forced Saudi goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf into a reflex save on 37 minutes, palming his shot onto the post. Juan Antonio Pizzi's side opens the tournament against host Russian Federation in Moscow on Thursday.

And finally, Croatia came from a goal down to beat Senegal 2-1 in Osijek in a warm-up clash that also featured two teams heading to Russian Federation 2018.

Continuing its quest, the Saudi team cut half the way to the equalizer in the second half when it earned a penalty kick to score the goal.

"We will improve and once the tournament starts we will be ready".

Germany's Julian Draxler, right, duels for the ball with Saudi Arabia's Mohammed Al-Breik during a friendly soccer match between Germany and Saudi Arabia at BayArena in Leverkusen, Germany, Friday, June 8, 2018.

'He's a member of the national team and that (booing) does not help anyone, ' said an irritated Low.

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