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Football: Argentina dish out friendly revenge on Germany

Published on Sep 4, 2014 5:58 AM
Argentina's striker Sergio Aguero (left) vies with Germany's defender Benedikt Howedes during a friendly football match between Germany vs Argentina in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Sept 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

DUSSELDORF, Germany (AFP) - Argentina spoiled the party for world champions Germany by hammering the hosts 4-2 in an international friendly in Duesseldorf on Wednesday in a repeat of the World Cup final.

Manchester United's record British signing Angel Di Maria scored once and made goals for Sergio Aguero, Erik Lamela and Federico Fernandez as Argentina won their first game since losing to Germany in Brazil.

Andre Schuerrle and Mario Goetze replied but Germany were brought crashing down to earth by a ruthless Argentina display in what was Gerardo Martino's first match in charge of the South Americans.

Goetze's extra-time winner at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana on July 13 sealed Germany's fourth World Cup triumph and there was a jubilant, capacity crowd of 51,132 packed into the Esprit Arena on Wednesday evening.

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