FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 15: Lionel Messi (L) of Argentina jumps for a header with Lars Bender of Germany during the international friendly match between Germany and Argentina at Commerzbank-Arena on August 15, 2012 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Germany Vs. Argentina 2012: Lionel Messi, Albiceleste Impress In 3-1 Win

Germany played most of their game against Argentina with 10 men, and the Albiceleste prevailed 3-1.

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Germany Vs. Argentina 2012: Final Score, Albiceleste Win 3-1

Germany and Argentina played a thrilled in Frankfurt on Wednesday, though it probably would have been a bit better if there wasn't an early sending off. Ron-Robert Zieler was shown a straight red card in the 30th minute, taking Germany down to 10 men for the final 60 minutes of the match. Germany put up a good fight, but couldn't hold off the Argentina attack as the Albiceleste won 3-1.

That red card picked up by Zieler forced Germany to sacrifice an outfield player, and Thomas Müller was the man who made way for Marc-Andre ter Stegen. With his first touch of the ball, he made a brilliant save on a penalty by Lionel Messi, keeping the match tied at 0-0.

Germany gave away their first goal just before the stroke of halftime, and Argentina didn't have to do much of anything to earn it. Angel di Maria swung in a corner kick in first half stoppage time and failed to find a teammate, but did find Germany midfiedler Sami Khedira. Instead of clearing the ball away, he directed it at his own net and past ter Stegen for an own goal.

For the final 15 minutes of the first half, Germany hung with Argentina despite their one-man disadvantage. Argentina was much better to start the second half and made their advantage count early. In the 52nd minute, Messi cut through the defense and delivered one of his signature composed finishes, putting his team up 2-0. Di Maria made it 3-0 in the 73rd minute with the best goal of the day, hitting a laser beam by ter Stegen from nearly 30 yards out.

Germany would pull back a consolation goal, and in impressive fashion. Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Mario Götze set up the goal with a great cross into the box towards the head of defender Benidikt Höwedes, who got forward and powered in a great header for his first goal in a Germany shirt.


Germany Vs. Argentina 2012: Halftime Score 1-0 In Favor Of Albiceleste, Germans Down To 10

Germany are down to 10 men at halftime of their friendly against Argentina, but they've actually looked their best in the time that they've been shorthanded. They conceded a goal between the sending off and the end of the half, though it had very little do with a man advantage for Argentina. The Albiceleste's goal was an own goal, scored by Sami Khedira just before the half, and they lead 1-0.

The red was given to Germany goalkeeper Ron-Robert Ziegler, who took down Angel di Maria in the penalty area in the 30th minute. Marc-Andre ter Stegen replaced Thomas Müller and with his first action, made an impressive penalty save on Lionel Messi.

Germany looked very lively after that and had a couple of half chances before conceding. The goal came on a corner kick, which deflected off Khedira before floating past a stunned ter Stegen, who did not anticipate the deflection at all.

We'll have live coverage of this game in our Germany vs. Argentina 2012 StoryStream. in our international friendlies StoryStream.


Germany Vs. Argentina 2012: Lineups

Argentina and Germany play the most high-profile of Wednesday's afternoon friendlies, with Lionel Messi and co. in action against one of the world's best young teams. Mario Gomez and Bastian Schweinsteiger are out, but most of Germany's first team is intact. Joachim Löw is giving Marcel Schmelzer another shot at left back after some poor pre-Euro friendlies, while Alejandro Sabella has decided to go with a 4-3-3 that features Messi as a right forward. He'll come inside a lot, so Pablo Zabaleta will have a lot of work to do out wide.

Germany lineup (4-2-3-1): Ziegler; Schmelzer, Badstuber, Hummels, Boateng; Khedira, Kroos; Reus, Özil, Müller; Klose

Argentina lineup (4-3-3): Romero; Rojo, Fernandez, Garay, Zabaleta; Mascherano, Gago, Sosa; Di Maria, Higuain, Messi

Kickoff is at 2:45 p.m. ET from Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt. You can catch the game on ESPN2 in the USA, as well as streaming on ESPN3.

We'll have live coverage of this game in our Germany vs. Argentina 2012 StoryStream. in our international friendlies StoryStream.


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