Germany vs Argentina Live: Germany vs Argentina Live Stream Will Joshua Kimmich lead Germany out against Argentina in Manuel Neuer’s absence? Die Mannschaft take on the side they pipped to the Predictions, key players, TV info and team news as Germany and Argentina face off on Wednesday in an international friendly Sports Mole previews Wednesday’s international friendly between Germany and Argentina, including predictions, team news and possible lineups
Will Joshua Kimmich lead Germany out against Argentina in Manuel Neuer’s absence? Die Mannschaft take on the side they pipped to the FIFA World Cup in 2014 in Dortmund on Wednesday (kick-off: 8.45pm CEST/7.45pm BST/2.45pm ET).
Two of world football’s heavyweights, Germany and Argentina boast no fewer than six FIFA World Cups between them, with three of their previous meetings coming in the tournament showpiece itself. The atmosphere should be a little more relaxed at the Signal Iduna Park this week, but Joachim Löw will still be expecting a disciplined performance from his side, just four days ahead of a crunch EURO 2020 qualifying trip to Tallinn. Marc-Andre ter Stegen takes the place of captain Manuel Neuer in goal, while at the other end of the pitch, Serge Gnabry will be looking to continue his recent hot streak. Usual partners in crime Marco Reus and Timo Werner are out with knee injuries and a cold respectively, however. Matthias Ginter, Ilkay Gündogan and Toni Kroos all pulled out of the initial squad with injury. They have been replaced by Schalke midfielder Suat Serdar, Freiburg defender Robin Koch and versatile Hoffenheim man Sebastian Rudy, who has been been recalled.
Argentina are without a host of their biggest names in Dortmund. Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero have been left out of Lionel Scaloni’s squad, while captain and talisman Lionel Messi is still serving a three-month ban issued by CONMEBOL for comments made at this summer’s Copa America. The South Americans will also be without players from bitter domestic rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors, who go head-to-head in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores semi-finals later this month. Löw will be careful to warn his players against any complacency, however. The visitors still boast talented stars such as Juventus’s Paulo Dybala and Atletico Madrid’s Angel Correa, while Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez scored a hat-trick in last month’s 4-0 friendly win over Mexico. There are three Germany-based players in the squad – Leverkusen’s Lucas Alario, Borussia Dortmund’s Leonardo Balerdi and VfB Stuttgart’s Nicolas Gonzalez.
Watch: Germany’s 2016 FIFA World Cup final win over Argentina
Germany and Argentina have met in three FIFA World Cup finals. After losing 3-2 in Mexico in 1986, Die Mannschaft triumphed in Italy in 1990 and Brazil in 2014, on both occasions by a 1-0 scoreline.
The two nations have played each other 22 times. So far it’s 10 wins for Argentina, eight for Germany and four draws.
This is Germany’s first meeting with La Albiceleste since September 2014. Two months after winning the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro thanks to Mario Götze’s extra-time stunner, Löw’s men suffered a 4-2 friendly defeat in Düsseldorf.
Gnabry has netted five goals in five games for Germany in 2019, improving his international scoring record to a remarkable nine goals in 10 appearances. The 24-year-old has also hit five in three matches for Bayern, including four in the 7-2 UEFA Champions League win over Tottenham.
Germany: Ter Stegen – Stark, Süle, Koch – Klostermann, Kimmich (c), Rudy, Halstenberg – Waldschmidt, Gnabry, Brandt
Out: Draxler (foot), Ginter (shoulder), Goretzka (thigh), Gündogan (muscular), Hector (muscular), Kehrer (foot), Kroos (thigh), Rüdiger (groin), Sane (cruciate ligament), Schulz (ankle), Werner (cold)
Doubtful: Reus (knee), Tah (cold)
Rest of squad: Amiri, Can, Havertz, Leno, Neuer, Serdar
Coach: Joachim Löw
Argentina: Marchesin – Foyth, Otamendi (c), Rojo, Tagliafico – Paredes – Pereyra, De Paul, Acuna – Dybala, La. Martinez
Out: Aguero (not selected), Andrada (Copa Libertadores), Armani (Copa Libertadores), J. Correa (muscular), Di Maria (not selected), Lo Celso (hip), Mac Allister (Copa Libertadores), Lu. Martinez (Copa Libertadores), Messi (suspended), Montiel (Copa Libertadores), Palacios (Copa Libertadores)
Rest of squad: Alario, Balerdi, A. Correa, Dominguez, Gonzalez, Kannemann, E. Martinez, Musso, Pezzella, Rodriguez, Saravia, Ocampos, Vargas
Coach: Lionel Scaloni
Germany will welcome Argentina to Dortmund on Wednesday night as the pair prepare for a heavyweight friendly clash.
Low’s side play a competitive Euro 2020 qualification fixture away from home against Estonia just four days later, however, and the head coach is likely to experiment a little with his team.
The pair have only met once since Mario Gotze’s extra-time winner handed Germany the World Cup on Brazilian soil five years ago and broke Argentine hearts – a 4-2 friendly victory for the losing finalists on that day.
In fact, Argentina have an outstanding record against Germany in friendly matches, winning four and drawing one of their last five such meetings.
However, Germany have usually come out on top when it matters, knocking Argentina out of the World Cup in both 2010 and 2006 before the 2014 final.
Both nations suffered a disastrous tournament in the summer of 2018, however, with Argentina barely escaping from the group stage before losing 4-3 to eventual winners France in the round of 16, while Germany did not even make it out of the group stage in a pitiful defence of their title.
Since then, Argentina have contested another tournament, coming third in the Copa America after losing 2-0 to hosts Brazil in the semi-finals before beating Chile in an ill-tempered third-place playoff.
Germany, meanwhile, have been busy with Euro 2020 qualification, and top their group – but only on goal difference – with Northern Ireland surprisingly their nearest challengers