Spain draw shows Loew areas for Germany improvement

Spain draw shows Loew areas for Germany improvement

Spain were without Sergio Busquets at the base of midfield due to injury, with captain Sergio Ramos reaching 150 worldwide appearances. "Both teams had their chances and it could have just as easily finished 2-2 or 3-3 - it was a good test for both of us".

The goal did give Spain the lead but did not put Germany under pressure as the World Champions rallied with attacks of their own, and by the end of the first half, Thomas Muller had equalised. At half-time, Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez came on for Iniesta in the Spanish midfield.

He was called into action just moments after the restart to brilliantly turn away Julian Draxler's 25-yard piledriver and then produced another impressive stop to deny Ilkay Gundogan. His fierce shot from outside the area was pushed around the post by De Gea's fantastic save.

Marc Andre ter Stegen pulled off a major block to deny Isco from regaining the lead following a cross from Jordi Alba, while De Gea managed something similar with an outstretched keep out Sammy Khedira.

There is also a start at right-back for Joshua Kimmich who has impressed at Bayern this season, ensuring both club and country have not missed the presence of Philipp Lahm.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy | Angel Diaz  EPA-EFE
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy | Angel Diaz EPA-EFE

"I see that every weekend in the (Spanish) league and they are clearly among the World Cup favorites". "I'm very happy with my team's performance", Brazilian manager Tite said.

There are just three months before the World Cup kicks off in Russian Federation, and while Loew expects both teams to impress on Friday he also knows neither will be keen to put all their wares on display.

A flurry of substitutions interrupted the flow of the match in the second half but Spain still had sights of goal with a stretching David Silva finding the side netting from a Marco Asensio cross before Diego Costa had a good chance blocked.

"There are lots of positives to take from the match, but we leave satisfied". I believe my team is nearly ready for the World Cup. "Now we need to forget the 7-1 defeat at the previous World Cup and to perform with dignity in Berlin".

With that in mind, Lopetegui named a strong side - as did Germany counterpart Joachim Low - which included a 150th global appearance for Sergio Ramos.

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