Germany, Argentina draw 2-2

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Germany drew 2-2 with Argentina in an international friendly in Dusseldorf on Wednesday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:49 IST
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Germany drew 2-2 with Argentina in an international friendly in Dusseldorf on Wednesday. The match sparked into life just before the half-hour mark when Nicolas Burdisso blatantly fouled Kevin Kuranyi at a corner kick and Italian referee Stefano Farina awarded a penalty kick. Torsten Frings made no mistake from the spot, smashing his 28th minute shot right into the centre of Roberto Abbondanzieri's goal for a 1-0 lead. Penalty awarded But referee Farina would award another penalty at the other end of the pitch just 11 minutes later. Paul Freier clearly won the ball as Argentina captain Juan Pablo Sorin headed for goal, but the substitute's challenge from behind was a little crude and Farina did not hesitate to point to the spot. Hernan Crespo was unstoppable from 12 yards out, hitting his shot off the inside of Jens Lehmann's right-hand goalpost to make it 1-1. Reclaiming lead However, Germany reclaimed their lead in the final minute of the first half. Bastian Schweinsteiger played a clever to pass through the visitors' stretched defence and Kuranyi steered his first-time shot past Abbondanzieri to make it 2-1. Argentina would level for a second time in the 81st minute as Germany's defence switched off at a free-kick. The ball was quickly played forward to Crespo, who beat the offside trap and clinically lobbed Lehmann for his second goal of the game. The 2-2 draw may have satisfied Argentina's travelling supporters, but both sides will hope for better if they meet again at next year's World Cup. (AP)

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