Germany, Argentina match ends in draw

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> The hosts of the 2005 Confederations Cup Germany were up against Argentina.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:52 IST
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The hosts of the 2005 Confederations Cup Germany were up against Argentina. While both teams had qualified for the last four, the match ended in a 2-2 draw. Germany made their intentions clear from kick-off. The hosts should have been in front in the fifth minute, but Kevin Kuranyi shot over from barely 12 yards out. Making amends The striker, though, made amends in the 29th minute. The Argentine defence failed to clear the ball after the free-kick had been blocked and Kuranyi knocked the ball home five yards out to give Germany the lead. That lead lasted just five minutes. Juan Roman Riqueleme, with the inch perfect free kick, gave debutant keeper Timo Hilderbrand no chance. Gerald Asamoah booed by the crowd in Koln for a poor performance against Tunisia at the weekend then justified Jurgen Klinsmann's faith in him with a goal in the 51st minute. Germany's defence, criticized in the local media after conceding three goals in the opening two games, once again failed to protect the lead. Esteban Cambiasso scored for the Argentines to make it 2-2. In another match African champions Tunisia beat Australia 2-0, but both the teams are already out of the competition.

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