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March 6, 2014
• Mercedes-Benz-Arena, Stuttgart
Referee: M. Clattenburg
• Attendance: 54449
M. Götze 16'
That's all that we have time for tonight, and we hope that you have enjoyed our live coverage of Germany's enthralling 1-0 international friendly win over Chile. I've been Simon Harrison, and I hope to see you again next time.
Plenty of chances for the away side, who have given a brilliant account of themselves in Germany tonight, definitely living up to their label of a dark horse heading towards the World Cup. Grosskreutz was a standout performer for a home side that didn't have things their own way, and against a more clinical Chilean outfit, they would have been punished.
FULL TIME! Germany ride out a narrow 1-0 friendly victory over Chile in Stuttgart, as Sampaoli's men did everything but find the back of the night. Their intensity and pressing caused Die Mannschaft all kinds of problems, but a solitary Mario Gotze goal was enough to give Low's side the win.
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PINILLA! The substitute takes a lovely first touch to set himself for a volley, but blasts the ball into Schweinsteiger, who makes an important block. Germany look as though they're going to ride this one out.
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We're into the first of two minutes of second half stoppage time. Still time for another goal!
Vidal looks as though he's going to come off for the last few minutes, as the Chilean midfielder looks to have tweaked his hamstring. He runs off the field, much to Juventus fans' relief, with Matias Fernandez replacing him, who certainly has an eye for goal.
A few minutes left, and neither side look particularly solid at the back! Podolski breaks down the left flank, but a poor touch takes the Arsenal forward away from goal, much to the crowd's displeasure - they want to see more goals here tonight.
ORELLANA! The substitute breaks down the left hand side, getting by Grosskreutz courtesy of a lucky deflection, but he blasts a half-volley miles over the crossbar. Neuer has spent more time collecting the ball for goal-kicks than he has making saves in the past 20 minutes.
Five minutes left, and Chile just can't find the back of the net. Neuer has been called into action sparingly, with La Roja just unable to hit the target. Vidal breaks down the left channel, before squaring a dangerous cross to the edge of the six yard box, but Boateng puts the ball behind - safety first with five minutes left.
Lukas Podolski is given a chance from the bench, as Low looks to freshen things up and look for the elusive second goal in this match-up. Neither side have been able to put this game to bed, and it's not for the want of trying. Herrera makes a terrible blunder, hoofing a clearance straight into the pressing Schweinsteiger, but the ball runs out of play for a goal kick.
VARGAS! That is high, wide and certainly not very handsome from the Valencia forward, who balloons an effort into orbit from 30 yards. He's provided pace and intensity, but the cutting edge certainly hasn't been forthcoming from the former Universidad de Chile man.
SCHWEINSTEIGER! Lahm miscontrols, but the ball runs on to his Bayern teammate, who strikes an effort at goal from 25 yards. It cannons off a defender, looping over the crossbar, but Kroos' corner delivery is poor. The home side just can't sew up this game.
Ten minutes left on the clock, and Chile ring the changes once again. This game is delicately poised, and Valdivia has introduced a bit of cutting edge to a La Roja side which has done anything but score.
Mertesacker is there once again for Germany! Valdivia picks out Alexis with a wonderful first-time through ball, but the Barcelona man's attempted cross from near the byeline is cut out by the lanky Arsenal defender! He's been everywhere in this second half.
Finally, Sampaoli looks to his bench, bringing on Valdivia, who possesses plenty of flair despite his aging years. Beausejour is the man sacrificed, with work rate perhaps falling second-best to the bit of creativity which Chile need to unlock Die Mannschaft's backline.
Brilliant tackle from Grosskreutz! He covers in behind his central defenders wonderfully, sliding inside the penalty area to dispossess Vargas, risking giving away a spot-kick in the process. If it wasn't for the Dortmund utility man, Germany probably wouldn't have a clean sheet!
GUTIERREZ! The midfielder has a very ambitious effort, cracking a volley at goal from 30 yards out! It zips off the turf and thuds into the advertising boards, with Neuer seemingly confident to allow the ball to go wide of the target. Moments before, Mertesacker did brilliantly to head an Isla cross to safety.
ARANGUIZ! Vargas whips in a wonderful ball to the back post, but Aranguiz steams in and misses the delivery entirely! He slides in desperately, but just can't make contact with the goal at his mercy!
GOTZE! He's denied by Herrera, who races off his line brilliantly! The Bayern man is released by a clever flick from Ozil, before Gotze spins away from his marker, before he is met by the onrushing Chile goalkeeper. Moments later, the Universidad de Chile goalkeeper is again quick off his line to claim a through ball.
Neuer! The German goalkeeper is forced into his first save of the second half, as Chile cause problems from corners once again. Alexis receives it short, races towards the angle of the six yard box, but his low drive is beaten away by Neuer. The hosts' defence needs to switch on.
Chile are continuing to keep the tempo and intensity going, and nearly manage to find their equaliser. A smart pass from Alexis from the left flank spirals into the back post area, but Boateng recovers brilliantly to hook the delivery away from the danger zone!
SCHURRLE! Gotze clips an excellent through ball over the Chilean defence, with no La Roja defenders tracking the Chelsea forward, but Schurrle can only stab the ball directly at Herrera. Another good chance for the hosts goes begging.
LAHM! The captain is set the ball back by Schurrle, rides one challenge, before an excellent sliding tackle dispossesses the midfielder at the second attempt. If he had managed to squeeze his way through, he would have been one-on-one with Herrera, that was an important intervention.
Poor pass from Ozil! The former Real Madrid man looked to play an incisive cross-field ball to Schurrle, but gets it all wrong, arrowing the ball out of play for a goal-kick. It hasn't quite clicked for him in the second half yet. Plenty of German substitutes warming up.
VARGAS! Important clearance from Mertesacker to deny Alexis! Isla breaks down the right hand side well yet again, but is denied by the Arsenal man! But Germany can't clear their lines fully, and Alexis bombs forward, squaring for Vargas, who strikes the underside of the crossbar! It cannons down onto the turf and clear of danger!
We're approaching the hour mark, and Sampaoli is yet to turn to his substitutes, with his current eleven posing more than a challenge for Germany. Despite the intensity and tendency to break forward at any opportunity, the fitness levels still look incredibly high for La Roja.
Chile continue to look dangerous on the counter-attack, and Vidal has half an opening to restore parity to the scoreline. This is a very open game, with both sides offering high quality offensive options, and it seems unlikely that the scoreboard will remain the same for the rest of the match.
GROSSKREUTZ! Excellent build up play from Germany, who bide their time before the Dortmund full-back exchanges possession with Schurrle and rockets an effort at Herrera! It hammers into the Universidad de Chile shot-stopper, who is able to hold at the first attempt.
Important blocks from Germany! Mertesacker and Lahm head two separate goalbound efforts away from goal, with the former's clearance looking to strike the arm of Boateng. A few Chilean players claim for the penalty, but the referee isn't interested, it did strike the centre-half from point-blank range.
Medel continues to look very tidy at the back for Sampaoli's side, and Chile break upfield. Lahm is on hand to turn away a Silva cross, after a smart backheel from Alexis. The ideas are all coming from the away side, with La Roja pushing plenty of bodies forward bravely.
Chile have started the half with the same intensity as the first, looking to unsettle the hosts in the opening exchanges. Despite their change of attacking personnel at the break, the home side are continuing to look vulnerable at the back, and there are certainly still goals in this game at both ends.
Half chance in the early stages for Chile, as Aranguiz receives the ball in a congested penalty area, but Grosskreutz tracks back well to clear behind for the first corner of the second half. It comes to nothing, but Germany will be concerned over the amount of set pieces they're having to face.
So just the one change at the break, with Chelsea's Andre Schurrle taking to the field in rather good form. The former Leverkusen man managed a hat-trick within 17 second-half minutes against Fulham recently, and might add the clinical touch required for Die Mannschaft.
We are back underway in the second half! Germany didn't have things all their own way in the first half, and it would be surprising if things changed at all in the second 45 minutes. Klose won't be able to find his record-breaking goal tonight, as the veteran is replaced by Andre Schurrle.
Be sure to join us for all of the second half action in ten minutes, as Chile look to find a reward for their impressive intensity and pressing, as several important blocks have thus far thwarted La Roja from getting their just desserts. Germany aren't infallible, and an interesting second period awaits! Don't go anywhere!
The visitors certainly haven't looked frightened, with the dynamic duo of Vargas and Alexis causing the immobile German defence plenty of problems. Gotze and Ozil have been the hosts' saving graces, holding possession upfield, and somehow Germany have come out of the opening 45 minutes a goal to the good.
HALF TIME! The referee calls time on an enthralling first half, with a Mario Gotze goal separating the two sides. Chile started well, before a delightful finish from Gotze put a spanner in Sampaoli's works, allowing for Die Mannschaft to claw themselves ahead in an open game.
Good tracking from Schmelzer! Chile whip in yet another good set piece delivery, but Schmelzer tracks Vidal excellently, preventing the Juventus man from turning home Beausejour's delivery. The resulting set piece comes to nothing, before Jara has a long-range strike deflected behind for yet another corner.
ARANGUIZ! The Internacional midfielder fires narrowly wide of the front post, after Kroos gives away possession! Alexis feeds his teammate at the near post, but Aranguiz pivots well, before Grosskreutz puts in an important block to deflect the ball behind for a corner!
Important header from Boateng, after a poor pass from Alexis! The Chilean forward breaks with pace, before looking to release Isla down the right hand side, but the Bayern defender is able to nod the delivery to safety. The visitors continue to look dangerous on the counter, but haven't quite found the final ball to unlock Germany.
Brilliant challenge from Schweinsteiger! The Bayern midfielder throws himself in front of Gutierrez, who was shaping to tuck home a cross at the near post, sliding in to turn the ball behind for a corner. Beausejour takes the set piece, but fails to beat the first man.
GOTZE! The goalscorer is found in a pocket of space on the right hand side, shaping to shoot before trying to clip a ball to the back post in search of Klose. It seems that Germany are determined to get the Lazio man his record-breaking goal, as the 35-year-old needs merely one more.
Germany continue to move the ball well, though Chile's pace is a real issue on the counter, with the hosts' defence not being particularly blessed with speed. Under ten minutes until the break, and Low will be very pleased with what he's seen from his side, they've fought their way back into a game that they have no right to be leading in.
Miroslav Klose continues to cut an isolated figure at the forefront of Germany's attack, but the likes of Kroos, Ozil and Gotze are causing Chile plenty of problems. Sampaoli's side's positive start seems like a distant memory now, with the South American team having to pick their moments to break carefully.
GOTZE! The goalscorer manages to wriggle free once again, after a smart flick on by Mertesacker, but the Bayern midfielder curls an effort narrowly wide of the far post! That was inches away from doubling Die Mannschaft's advantage.
After a shaky start, Germany have began to show why they're a feared national outfit, with Grosskreutz pushing on to peg the Chilean left side back. The harrying and pressing continues for the away side, but Germany's quality in offensive areas has allowed for the ball to stick.
KLOSE! With 15 minutes left until the break, Germany go close to getting their second! Grosskreutz fires an effort towards goal from 25 yards out, which deflects off the veteran frontman, forcing Herrera into a sprawling save to his right hand side.
Boateng concedes a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area, after committing a silly push, and Chile have an opportunity from 20 yards. Gutierrez is the man to attack the dead ball, but fires an effort safely wide of Neuer's back post. The Bayern keeper had it covered all the way.
VIDAL! After an all-action start, the visitors' intensity is beginning to wane somewhat, as their pressing starts deeper. Germany still lose the ball through Schweinsteiger, however, before the stolen ball is squared to the Juventus midfielder in the penalty area. He tries an effort on the turn, but can only steer the ball into the awaiting grasp of Neuer.
Jansen is replaced by Schmelzer, who has been excellent for Dortmund recently, especially during Die Schwarzgelben's Champions League trip to Zenit. The man he replaced appears to have turned his ankle, and heads straight down the tunnel for treatment.
VARGAS! Neuer is able to claim the Valencia striker's shot at the second attempt, after the Chilean forward blasts directly towards the home goalkeeper. A half chance for Chile, whose dominance has faded away.
The hosts already have some substitutes warming up, as neither full-back has started particularly steadily. Schmelzer is easily visible with his long blonde locks, and Jansen should be trying to impress while he still can, the starting left-back has been poor and has gestured to the bench that he may have a knock.
Yellow CardF. Gutiérrez
Germany are slowly working their way back into the game, after starting to peg back La Roja. Gutierrez is given the game's first yellow card for a late clip on Philipp Lahm, way after the Germany captain had released possession. A needless challenge in a friendly match.
Well, we've certainly had an entertaining first 20 minutes in Stuttgart with Chile undeservedly going behind to an excellent finish from Gotze. Klose has been anonymous, but Germany are doing just enough to hold on and repel the South American outfit. However, whenever Vargas or Alexis are released in behind, the home side are struggling for pace.
Grosskreutz does just enough! The Dortmund utility man is just about able to defuse a dangerous situation, as Vargas races through on goal and looks to stab a square ball across the penalty area. Die Mannschaft break, with Ozil being brought down in the box, but the referee says that the Arsenal midfielder was stopped fairly.
GOOOOOAL! MARIO GOTZE SLOTS HOME WONDERFULLY! The young Bayern midfielder strokes the ball into the top right hand corner, after brilliant play from Ozil, who calmly holds the ball before rolling the ball square for his teammate to apply the delicate finish. The hosts lead 1-0!
Germany continue to look second-best on home soil, which is no small part down to Chile's set-up. Sampaoli has set out his side very fluidly, allowing for players to contribute to plenty of stages of play, rotating regularly. Medel has been popping up everywhere, embodying the Chilean tenacity.
Lahm beats two men in the centre of midfield with a gorgeous turn, before spreading the play out wide to Grosskreutz, but the Dortmund man can't put in a good ball. Schweinsteiger then breaks for the hosts, before looking to pick out Klose at the back post, but his cross is too close to Herrera, who claims.
Chile continue to look full of confidence, with Vargas and Alexis always looking to make runs in behind the hosts' back four, and the slightly immobile likes of Jansen and Mertesacker struggling to track their markers. Sampaoli's men are playing with intensity and desire. Isla whips in a cross from deep on the right flank, but it zips narrowly over the head of Alexis.
VIDAL! The corner is whipped in excellently, with Vidal meeting the ball with a firm header! Lahm is stood on his post, and makes the block on the line, to deny Chile an opening goal inside the first ten minutes. Germany look shaken by a vibrant Chilean start.
Important clearance from Boateng! Jara releases Isla with a wonderful diagonal pass, with Jansen unable to get anywhere near his marker. The ball is played across the six yard box in search of Sanchez, but Boateng hoofs behind for a corner.
BEAUSEJOUR! The Wigan left-sided man bombs on down the flank, outpacing Jansen, but his cross bounces onto the crossbar on its way out for a goal kick. The away side press once again from the next attack, but an acrobatic overhead kick effort from Vargas doesn't come off.
The opening five minutes pass without incident, with both sides trying to settle into this game early on, looking to get the ball down. Chile are looking extremely fluid, and Sampaoli is known for his ingenuity, not least after inheriting a national squad from the eccentric Marcelo Bielsa.
Chile are looking very confident, with Medel already looking to see plenty of the ball at centre-half. The midfielder normally plies his trade in the centre of midfield for Cardiff, but looks extremely comfortable in his change of role, where his distributional qualities really come to the fore.
A scrappy start to proceedings, as both sides lose possession quickly, and Manuel Neuer is forced into several early long clearances - not something he's accustomed to doing for Bayern Munich. The hosts are looking to start on the front foot, and Chile are sitting back with a back four.
We are underway in the first half! Germany are donning their new away kit, with Miroslav Klose hoping to bag himself a goal which would make him Germany's record goalscorer. Chile are by no means underdogs, given their tenacity and known intensity, and their FIFA ranking of 14th backs up that Sampaoli's men can pose the hosts a test.
Testament to Sampaoli's methods, it's unsure how Chile will line up in terms of formation heading into this game, as La Roja can either field a back three or four. Silva and Gutierrez are likely to be included in midfield, which would leave left-back duties to Gonzalo Jara, in the absence of usual full-back Mena. Plenty of question marks ahead of kick-off, but we'll be keeping you posted.
Ten minutes until kick-off, so be sure to stay with us for all of the action from Germany vs Chile, as Sampaoli's intense and confident passing side look to secure their position as dark horses heading into this year's World Cup competition. Germany may be on home soil, but with Joachim Low opting to blood some new players and persist with Mesut Ozil who is faltering slightly at domestic level, Die Mannschaft are certainly fallible.
Germany's bench is full of players willing to prove themselves, with Andre Hahn a prime example. The 23-year-old midfielder has been rewarded for a good season with Augsburg, and could threaten to make a cameo appearance at some point tonight. Andre Schurrle is another man lying in wait with a point to prove, after bagging a hat-trick for Chelsea versus Fulham recently. Shkodran Mustafi is another inexperienced inclusion, and the 21-year-old has shone thus far this season at the heart of the Sampdoria defence, looking far beyond his years.
Chile substitutes: Bravo, Carmona, Toselli, Mena, Orellana, Fuenzalida, Rojas, Valdivia, Diaz, Fernandez, M. Gonzalez, O. Gonzalez, Garces.
Chile starting line-up: Herrera; Medel, Silva, Jara; Isla, Aranguiz, Gutierrez, Beausejour, Vidal; Alexis, Vargas.
Germany substitutes: Hahn, Schurrle, Podolski, Schmelzer, Weidenfeller, Mustafi, Ginter.
Germany starting line-up: Neuer; Grosskreutz, Boateng, Mertesacker, Jansen; Lahm, Schweinsteiger; Ozil, Kroos, Gotze; Klose.
TEAM NEWS: As aforementioned, Eduardo Vargas slots into attack for the South American side, with stars such as Alexis and Arturo Vidal adding to a very useful Sampaoli machine. Gonzalo Jara is in at right-back, with Jhonny Herrera getting a start in between the sticks - another player who has previous relations with Sampaoli from his La U days. The likes of Jorge Valdivia, Carlos Carmona, Mark Gonzalez and Jose Rojas are situated on the bench to start with.
TEAM NEWS: Marcell Jansen is in at left-back for the home side, with utility man and workhorse Kevin Grosskreutz slotting in on the opposite flank. Thus, captain Philipp Lahm is freed to pursue a role in central midfield, after enjoying success there this season for domestic side Bayern Munich. Mesut Ozil gets a start in behind veteran striker Miroslav Klose, who continues to do enough at Lazio to warrant a call-up by manager and admirer Joachim Low.
Chile, meanwhile, have their own squad to build before making their trip across South America for the tournament in Brazil, with plenty of quality players on show. The likes of Alexis Sanchez, Gary Medel and Charles Aranguiz are ever-present, while Sampaoli opts to give Eduardo Vargas a run up front, after his loan move to Valencia - the two previously worked together during the Chilean manager's successful period at Universidad de Chile.
I'm Simon Harrison, and I will be keeping you up to date with all of the action, as both managers try out their options ahead of the World Cup in Brazil this summer. High profile players such as Marco Reus and Mario Gomez have missed out on call-ups for Germany, but the likes of Marcell Jansen, Shkodran Mustafi and Matthias Ginter have an opportunity to show what they can do.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of Germany's international friendly versus Jorge Sampaoli's Chile, as the two World Cup bound nations meet in the Mercedes-Benz-Arena in Stuttgart. Both outfits are held in high regard this year, with La Roja posting up three wins out of their last five games, while Joachim Low's Die Mannschaft haven't lost since last June.
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