Di Maria charges Argentina to 4-2 win against Germany in Dusseldorf
Argentina winger Angel Di Maria, who recently joined Premier League club Manchester United, set up three goals and scored another to help his side beat FIFA 2014 World Cup champions Germany 4-2 in Dusseldorf.
Di Maria, a record 59.7 million pounds capture, provided a delightful pass for Sergio Aguero to fire the South American side ahead. Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela doubled the lead with a volley before Swansea City's Federico Fernandez made it 3-0.
Di Maria made it 4-0 before Chelsea's Andre Schurrle and an own goal by Fernandez reduced the deficit. Only four members of the Germany starting XI when the two sides met in the World Cup final 52 days earlier started the friendly, as Argentina gained a modicum of revenge for the narrow 1-0 defeat in July, The BBC reported.
Mario Gomez, who missed the World Cup because of injury, wasted three chances for the hosts and reportedly was on the receiving end of some boos from the home fans when his best opportunity on the stroke of half-time went begging.
Germany manager Joachim Low said that they would have beaten Argentina in the final on July 13 even if Di Maria had been playing, and added that the winger could not have beaten them on that day.
Argentina manager Gerardo Martino said that Di Maria is one of the best four or five players in the world and so his performance didn't surprise him. He added that the winger's absence in the World Cup final was noticeable.
(Posted on 04-09-2014)