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1 June 2014
• Stadion im BORUSSIA-PARK, Mönchengladbach
Referee: D. Skomina
• Attendance: 41250
T. Müller 66'
A. Schürrle 71'
S. Eto'o 62'
E. Choupo-Moting 78'
That's all we have time for, as Cameroon fought back to a 2-2 draw against Germany away from home. I've been Simon Harrison and I hope to see you all again next time.
A tightly contested game, which Finke's men will take great heart from. Not the most convincing display from Low's side, but they showed enough heart to respond to the questions Cameroon were asking of them. The World Cup heads ever closer!
FULL TIME! Neither side could find the winning goal, but plenty of second half entertainment at Borussia-Park! Germany draw 2-2 with Cameroon, with goals from Muller and Schurrle cancelling out finishes from Eto'o and Choupo-Moting.
90' + 2'
Pierre Achille Webo
90' + 1'
ENOH! The former Ajax man has Weidenfeller very worried, as he lines up a left-footed effort which narrowly heads over the crossbar! Very close to a wonderful finish, but it wasn't quite to be!
Germany continue to press for the winner, but Cameroon appear happy to draw on foreign soil. Plenty of players behind the ball once again for the visitors and they have merely three minutes of stoppage time to hold out for.
It doesn't appear that Draxler, Mustafi nor Ginter are going to be given a run-out by Low, indicating that these players will be the ones which the Germany coach will choose to cut from his preliminary World Cup squad.
Less than five minutes of normal time remain. Assou-Ekotto has the chance to delivery from a deep free-kick, but somehow manages to fire the ball out of play for a throw-in under no pressure. Not the best substitute appearance from the Spurs defender.
Schurrle is nearly found by another clever ball by Muller, but the lofted ball bobbles out of play for a goal-kick. Howedes readies himself on the sideline for the hosts.
Djeugoue departs the field of play, allowing for Granada full-back and first-choice right-back Nyom to take his place. The physical presence of the defender will pose Podolski plenty more problems.
Into the final ten minutes and this game could easily go either way. A real game of two halves at Borussia-Park, as a well-disciplined Cameroon side have surrendered their defensive principles and started to go for the jugular. Djeugoue goes down with seemingly a touch of cramp.
MULLER! Germany nearly take the lead once again! Hummels releases the Bayern man with an intelligent scoop, but Muller can only hook a delicate chip over Itandje and above the crossbar!
Assist Eyong Enoh
Goal Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
GOOOOOAL! Choupo-Moting makes it 2-2! It's a brilliant finish from the Mainz man, who skipped beyond Reus and fired an excellent finish between Boateng and Weidenfeller and into the far corner! A fantastic individual move!
Germany continue to force the issue with newly found vigour and desire. The supporters are responding and Die Mannschaft look set for a vibrant finish to this contest.
A quarter of an hour remains for Finke's men to return to solidity. Since the half-time break, they've strayed from their well-disciplined lines somewhat, with Eto'o's goal perhaps doing them slightly more harm than good - it appear the former Inter forward's finish gave the visitors a false sense of security.
The home crowd seem much happier with their team's outing now, as Germany continue to push forward in search of a third. Kramer is introduced in place of Khedira now, as the man who spent this season at Gladbach receives a hero's welcome.
Assist Lukas Podolski
Goal Andre Schürrle
GOOOOOOAL! GERMANY LEAD 2-1! Podolski is released down the left hand side, despite suspicions of offside, before squaring simply for Schurrle to tap home the hosts' second goal! It has all fallen apart for Cameroon since Finke made a couple of changes.
Excellent defending from Durm! The left-back steps out of the back four well to rob Choupo-Moting of the ball as the Mainz man looked to turn and shoot from 20 yards. Since Assou-Ekotto's introduction, Germany have enjoyed some success down the right hand side.
Germany are right back in with a chance of winning this friendly, with the home crowd buoyant once again. After a long period of looking devoid of inspiration, the introduction of another forward such as Podolski has given the home side an additional body to aim for.
Assist Jerome Boateng
Goal Thomas Müller
GOOOOOAL! THOMAS MULLER FINDS THE EQUALISER! The Bayern man steams in at the near post, steering a dipping Boateng cross beyond the helpless Itandje! The hosts have their opening goal, but it isn't necessarily deserved!
Durm clears off the line! Choupo-Moting tries an optimistic half-volley, but sees his effort bounce heavily on the turf and loop towards the target. Not wanting to take any chances, the young Dortmund full-back thumps the ball into the crowd.
Cameroon continue to press forward well! Low immediately makes a change which has been in the pipeline for a while, with Ozil replaced by Podolski. A bit more firepower for Germany, in a game where they've struggled to test Itandje with regularity.
Assist Alex Song
Goal Samuel Eto'o
GOOOOOAL! Eto'o finds the back of the net! Moments after being denied by a super stop from Weidenfeller, the Chelsea striker manages to tuck home a smart finish at the near post from a Choupo-Moting cross! Cameroon lead 1-0!
Around half an hour left to play, with neither side looking any closer to breaking the deadlock. Cameroon haven't found their offensive feet since the interval, with Eto'o looking jaded and isolated up front alone, and Germany continue to labour in possession.
Andre Schurrle is thrown into the fray in place of Mario Gotze, with the young forward unable to have much of an effect in such a physical game. The Chelsea substitute has proved to be a catalyst from the bench this season, with Low presumably hoping for similar this evening.
Excellent defensive work from Bedimo, as the former Montpellier left-back does his best to shield a through ball from Boateng. Germany win a corner, but N'Koulou is able to make the clearance. That might be the last contribution from the Cameroon full-back, as Assou-Ekotto is warming up.
Ten minutes into the second half and Germany are showing no signs of being able to penetrate this well-drilled Cameroon defence. Low is on the edge of his technical area, barking out instructions and trying to force his team into the next gear.
A couple of important headed interceptions deep in the visitors' half, as Germany continue to try and find the slightest of gaps. Muller delivers a powerful cross from the right hand side, but nobody is present on the back post to turn the ball home.
Despite not impressing in the opening 45 minutes, Low has opted to stick with the same eleven for the second half. Gotze uses a wonderful piece of skill to keep the ball in play on the left flank, but N'Koulou mops up the pieces and clears Cameroon's lines.
A rather low key start to the second half, with Germany continuing to hold onto possession with only Eto'o pressing. Finke's side are staying very disciplined, with only Reus looking to have the tools to find an opening. The Dortmund man is fed a cut-back by Muller, but can only place a finish wide of the upright from a tight angle.
One change for the away side at the break, as Stephane M'Bia is replaced by Landry N'Guemo, with the midfielder offering fresh legs. After the former Sevilla midfielder took a knock early in the game, Finke may have taken off M'Bia as a precautionary measure.
We are underway in the second half! Germany will be hoping to put a tough opening 45 minutes behind them and push on offensively. Gotze has been a little bit isolated against usually a Cameroonian back five, but given the amount of saves made, there is a feeling that a goal is on the way.
Be sure to rejoin us in ten minutes for all of the second half action, as Germany look to surpass a resilient and defensively conscious Cameroon side. Plenty of youthful options on the bench for Die Mannschaft, but Low will be keen to involve only those which he envisages heading to Brazil.
Germany have been lacking in tenacity and desire, with the defence in particular looking rather weak. Choupo-Moting, Moukandjo and Eto'o have all had opportunities, but Weidenfeller has produced a couple of good saves. We could see plenty of changes at the break from Low.
HALF TIME! The two sides go in goalless, with Cameroon really growing into the game in the later stages. Gotze, Reus, Mertesacker and Khedira have had good chances for Germany, but nobody is capable of finding the opening goal. Finke's negative tactics are frustrating Low's men thus far.
Only a few minutes remain until the break, with Germany being suffocated by the Cameroonian defence. There are two banks of five at times, giving the home side little in the way of gaps to exploit. Eto'o is often the only man left up front.
CHOUPO-MOTING! The Mainz forward rockets an effort at goal from 20 yards, but Mertesacker makes the block to deny him! Finke will be very pleased with his side's showing thus far, they've held their own. Bedimo is a great outlet down the left.
Yellow Card Jerome Boateng
Another big chance for Cameroon! Matip races towards the back post, but can only direct a header within the grasp of Weidenfeller. The away side are creeping back into this game, with Germany's defence not looking watertight at all.
Almost a big mistake from Boateng! A back post cross tests the former Man City defender, who nods the ball behind for a corner rather than trying anything risky. In doing so, however, he forces Weidenfeller to push the clearance beyond his near post, to ensure that the Bayern man didn't convert at the wrong end.
GREAT SAVE WEIDENFELLER! The Dortmund keeper is called into action, racing off his line quickly to prevent Moukandjo from slotting a smart finish beyond him! He closed the angles well and made himself very big. Top stop.
CHOUPO-MOTING! The left-sided forward tries his luck from the edge of the penalty area, but Khedira makes an important block to deny Weidenfeller his first save of the evening. A warning sign for Germany, they can't afford to get defensively slack.
A Germany corner is half-cleared by a defensive header, before a long-range strike is deflected behind once again. Reus delivers from the left, picking out Khedira beautifully, but the Real Madrid man can only nod the ball the wrong side of the back post!
Good cross by Reus! The Dortmund man races to the byeline, before cutting back a delivery which Gotze can't quite control under pressure. Cameroon hurriedly clear their lines, before the same Germany forward has another chance moments later. Itandje is easily able to get down and smother on this occasion!
Germany continue to see more of the ball, but Cameroon are pressing the space and plugging the gaps well, with their defensive line almost turning into a back six at times. Extremely negative, but they're keeping their opposition out thus far.
As we pass the half hour mark, Germany look none the wiser as to how to break down this Cameroon side. Another long ball bounces harmlessly out of play, as Die Mannschaft continue to struggle to exploit the space in behind the visitors' high line.
Gotze clips an early cross to the back post, but Muller isn't steaming in at the back post as the Bayern forward would have hoped. Itandje claims easily and Cameroon have possession once again. Chances are becoming few and far between for the hosts.
Choupo-Moting is fouled after drifting in from the left hand side, but Cameroon's attempted long ball forward is claimed with ease by Weidenfeller. Very negative tactics from Finke, who appears to be basing his philosophy about nicking results by the odd goal.
Yellow Card Alex Song
Cameroon to continue to sit in their own half in numbers, holding their thick line 30 yards out from goal. Finke is seemingly trying to make his team hard to beat, with plenty of his players throwing themselves into risky challenges too. As long as it stays goalless, the away side have half a chance.
Important clearance from Boateng! The Bayern defender dropped in at the back post to deny Choupo-Moting the chance to ghost in and finish off a lofted free-kick delivery. Some late and dangerous challenges flying in from Cameroon personnel.
M'Bia receives a long throw-in from Bedimo, but controls the ball with his arm as he heads to the byeline. His cut-back is good, but the referee spotted his illegal first touch, pulling play back for a free-kick.
Yellow Card Eyong Enoh
Kroos sidesteps Enoh brilliantly, earning the former Ajax midfielder a yellow card for his late clip on the Bayern man. Gotze continues to drop deep after receiving the ball, which isn't giving Germany any kind of focal point to aim for as a Plan B.
Reus and Muller are continuing to stay wide, forcing Boateng and Durm to sit a little further back than we might be accustomed to. Eto'o continues to be an isolated figure in attack for Cameroon, but has half a chance which Weidenfeller smothers well from 20 yards. Moments earlier, Hummels made a great defensive header to turn a Bedimo cross away from Choupo-Moting.
Germany have had much the better of the opening quarter of an hour, with Cameroon fortunate to still be on level terms. Finke's men are holding a near-suicidal defensive line, allowing for Die Mannschaft to exploit the space in behind - one mistake from the visitors and it could well be a goal.
OFFSIDE! Muller is found in acres of space behind the Cameroonian defence by an intelligent lofted ball by Hummels, but the linesman's flag is raised. It was tight, but the away side are trying to keep a fairly high defensive line.
GOTZE! POST! Absolutely delightful overhead through ball from Muller, who sets his domestic and national teammate on his way towards goal. The former Dortmund man lets fly, looking to beat Itandje at his near post, but hits the upright!
ETO'O! Mertesacker does well to halt a Cameroon counter-attack, but can't prevent the Chelsea forward from getting back on the ball moments later. He flashes a powerful effort towards goal, but drags his attempt wide of the near post.
Reus has got the beating of Djegoue at the moment, with the former Gladbach man enjoying himself down the left. Moukandjo picked up possession on the edge of the Germany penalty area, but the tricky winger's attempted forward ball was well blocked and cleared.
Very negative start from Cameroon, with Samuel Eto'o the only player pressing the man in possession whatsoever. It appears that the visitors aren't wanting to throw away the contest early on, with a solid start allowing for them to slowly grow into the game. Plenty of players in the Cameroonian lines.
The opening five minutes have been all Germany, with Finke's men unable to break out of their own half. Die Mannschaft are dominating possession, with the likes of Ozil and Reus already popping up in interesting advanced areas.
Beautiful skill from Reus! The Dortmund forward twists and turns, using a wonderful Cruyff turn to beat Djeugoue! His eventual cross from the byeline is blocked, but the resulting corner finds its way back to him. His dipping delivery is turned narrowly over the bar by Mertesacker!
OZIL! Khedira releases his teammate through on goal with an intelligent backheel flick, but the Arsenal midfielder can only place a curling effort the wrong side of the near post. A good start from Germany, but Ozil should be finishing that. Stephane M'Bia goes down injured, clutching his foot.
We are underway at Borussia-Park! Germany are all smiles in the tunnel and there's an impressive crowd in attendance - providing some interesting choreography. Down to business, however, after both countries' national anthems. The home side are wearing their third kit, while Cameroon are donning all green.
Just over five minutes until kick-off, so be sure to stick around for all of the action as Germany look to gain momentum before heading to Brazil. Half of the secret behind doing well at a major tournament is in the preparation, so both Low and his compatriot Finke will be hoping for a solid performance from their respective sides this evening.
Cameroon substitutes: N'Djock, Assou-Ekotto, Kana-Biyik, Nounkeu, N'Guemo, Aboubakar, Makoun, Chedjou, Webo, Idrissou, Bong, Nyom, Salli, Olinga, Loe.
Cameroon starting line-up: Itandje; Djeugoue, Matip, N'Koulou, Bedimo; Song, Enoh, M'Bia; Moukandjo, Eto'o, Choupo-Moting.
Germany substitutes: Zieler, Grosskreutz, Schmelzer, Howedes, Schweinsteiger, Schurrle, Podolski, Klose, Mustafi, Draxler, Kramer, Ginter, Volland.
Germany starting line-up: Weidenfeller; Boateng, Mertesacker, Hummels, Durm; Kroos, Khedira; Muller, Ozil, Reus; Gotze.
TEAM NEWS: Cedric Djeugoue starts at full-back for the away side, with Joel Matip preferred to partner Nicolas N'Koulou in the centre of defence. Stephane M'Bia gets a slot in midfield after his great form for Sevilla, with Jean Makoun making only the bench. Benjamin Moukandjo and Jean-Eric Choupo-Moting provide the width and will look to provide for the lone striker of Samuel Eto'o.
TEAM NEWS: Roman Weidenfeller starts in between the posts for Germany, as Manuel Neuer continues to recover following the knock he picked up in the DFB Pokal final. Erik Durm and Jerome Boateng are the full-backs, with Philipp Lahm not fit enough to start. Mario Gotze looks to be deployed as a false nine, with the capable supply line of Marco Reus, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller behind him.
I'm Simon Harrison and I will be leading you through all of the action from Stadion Borussia-Park, as Joachim Low's side look to continue their unbeaten run tonight. Cameroon aren't quite the indomitable Lions of old, but still possess some quality and pace in forward areas to trouble Die Mannschaft. There are a few key absentees, but overall we have two strong teams ready to contest this one.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of Germany's international friendly against Cameroon, as both respective managers look to gain some momentum and make tactical tweaks ahead of the incoming World Cup. We're less than a fortnight away from the opening match, meaning that there's plenty on the line for the individual, as first-team places still hang in the balance.
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