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August 14, 2013
• Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern
Referee: I. Bebek
• Attendance: 47522
I. Gündogan 18'
T. Müller 31'
L. Bender 75'
A. Núñez 9'
W. Pittoni 14'
M. Samudio 45'+
Well, that's it from me tonight. I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be back for more live commentary action later this week. Thanks for joining me tonight, have a good evening!
FULL-TIME: Germany 3-3 Paraguay
90' + 5'
SCHURRLE! What a howler. What a howler. Open goal, and with the very last touch of the ball, he fires over after having the goal at his mercy. Wow.
90' + 5'
Audacious attempt from Sanabria, who attempts to chip the ball over Neuer and intot he goal, but it's not powerful enough to beat the goalkeeper.
90' + 3'
Late chance for Paraguay, who attempt to steal victory, but Neuer races off his line to claim possession hurriedly. He's done nothing all second half!
90' + 2'
JANSEN!! What a save by Villar, fine corner delivered, and the left-back races forward to glance an effort towards Villar, who uses both fists to parry away.
Into additional time in Kaiserslautern, and it's unlikely we'll see an addition to the scoreline. Candia and Da Silva doing well at the back to thwart the hosts.
Germany still labouring towards a fourth, but are unable to test Villar, as Boateng latches onto a headed pass before firing well over the crossbar.
Boateng races forward in the search for Germany's fourth, into the path of Hummels, and back,before launching an over-hit cross field pass towards Jansen, who is unable to keep it in play.
Pace has dropped off a considerable bit since the substitutions have impacted upon the tempo of the game. We're into the last five of normal time in Kaiserslautern.
@Cnyari on Twitter: Germany have conceded two or more goals 11 times since the 2010 World Cup. Very worrying defensive trend.
Roque Santa Cruz
SUBSTITUTION: Marcell Jansen and Andre Schurrle are on for Marcel Schmelzer and Thomas Muller.
Yellow Card Lars Bender
Yellow card for Lars Bender, meanwhile Joachim Low preparing to throw on Andre Schurrle for the final moments.
Podolski's inclusion into the game has really turned the game on its head, as Paraguay continue to deal with the onslaught posed on them. Podolski again, under pressure from Villar, but cleared by Aguilar.
GOAL! NO It's offside! Khedira finds Schmelzer on the left, engaging in a one-two, before Boateng plays a delightful through ball towards Podolski, into the path of Gomez, who taps-in, but the goal is ruled out.
Yellow Card Óscar David Romero Villamayor
Yellow card for substitute Oscar Romero, who was engaged in a confrontation with Mats Hummels. Last quarter of the game now.
Goal Lars Bender
GOAL! GERMANY 3-3 PARAGUAY! The answer is.....not very long! Like Germany's first goal, Paraguay just can't get the ball away as Podolski's cut-back causes havoc. Bender muscles out his opponent and fires on the half-volley into the net.
Germany still imposing a total assault on the Paraguay goal. Podolski's entry onto the field has given them a new dimension. How long can Paraguay hang on?
BOATENG! Over the bar. The Bayern defender slams an effort over Villar's goal from distance. If you don't try.....
Into the last twenty minutes in Kaiserslautern, Aguilar deflects a low cross away from Lukas Podolski, as the visitors continue to soak up the pressure that's coming their way.
Paraguay under immense pressure as Germany step up their efforts. Podolski powers past the defeneders, aiming to square the ball towards a team-mate in the six yard area, but is thwarted by a fine tackle from Oscar Romero.
Good defensive awareness shown by Melgarejo - under pressure from Gomez and in an awkward defensive position, he heads the ball safely towards Villar.
Rojas goes down under the challenge of Khedira, and wins a foul, drawing incredulity from the Real Madrid man.
Podolski lively since coming on, and unable to keep his header on target after a great cross from Lahm on the right. Headed away by Da Silva, who attempts to release substitute Rojas on the break.
Questions remain for Germany, but they've got 27 minutes to turn this around. They face markedly weaker opponents in World Cup qualifying in September, but even wins there won't paper over the cracks that are the exposed defensive frailties.
Óscar David Romero Villamayor
PARAGUAY SUBSTITUTION: Wilson Pittoni has gone off for Oscar Romero. A good evening for the midfielder.
GERMANY SUBSTITUTION: Lukas Podolski is on for Marco Reus - unlucky to not get a goal, but very lively in attack for die Mannschaft tonight.
Foul awarded by referee Ivan Bebek as Marco Reus tumbles into Victor Ayala. Meanwhile, we've got a few substitutions to come on here.
Another bit of fine defending, if unorthodox from the visitors. Muller and Gomez make progress out on the far side, but once more, a great block from Ortiz sees them force the Germans back.
Low getting frustrated once more, and he's ready to put on Lukas Podolski of Arsenal FC onto the field.
VILLAR!! What a save from Gomez. The substitute rises highest from a great cross from Mesut Ozil, with the goalkeeping getting a fantastic fist on that to claw the ball away from goal.
Paraguay just happy to sit back and frustrate the Germans, the deep-lying approach has worked tonight, and they're reaping the rewards from that.
SUBSTITUTION: Lorenzo Melgarejo is on for the injured Miguel Samudio, who scored Paraguay's third goal earlier.
SUBSTIUTION: It will not be a happy evening for Klose - he won't break the record. His profligate finishing has seen him be substituted by Mario Gomez.
Sight delay in play here, as Miguel Samudio faces some discomfort after being challenged. He is set to be substituted.
Klose just not able to connect with the ball and force a shot to trouble Justo Villar - ironically, it occurs on the night he is on the brink of equalling Gerd Muller's record.
Lahm makes good progress down the right, picking out Bender in the middle of the park. The midfielder aims to divert the ball into the box, but is unable to find Klose.
OZIL!! Very close, just wide of the side netting. Positive move, after da Silva hurriedly slides in on Klose, allowing Ozil to pick up the loose ball and lash an effort wide of Villar's goal.
SUBSTITUTION: Joachim Low might've heard the reader's discontent; Per Mertesacker is off for Jerome Boateng.
UNDERWAY IN THE SECOND HALF! We've had a five goal thriller in the first, let's hope for more. Paraguay attacking from left to right.
Substitution at half-time. Christian Riveros has replaced Nunez in the Paraguay line-up.
HALF-TIME: In Kaiserslautern, Germany are 3-2 behind against Paraguay, where their defensive frailties have been exposed once more. Paraguay have only had about four chances all evening. What a stunning scoreline.
45' + 1'
Assist Roque Santa Cruz
45' + 1'
Goal M. Samudio
GOAAL! GERMANY 2-3 PARAGUAY!! My word, what a hopeless defensive error from Germany! Hummels the offender as Roque Santa Cruz squares for Samudio to score!
45' + 1'
HALF-TIME: Germany 2-3 Paraguay - what a scoreline. What a half!
Germany continue to advance in numbers, but it fails to materialise into anything serious. Reus attempts a strike on the half-volley, blocked by Candia, before Khedira hopelessly fires over the bar.
Yellow Card V. Ayala
Yellow card shown to Victor Ayala as he awaits to take a free-kick. Mertesacker off the field receiving a slight bit of treatment, but he appears to be OK.
KLOSE! Again, unable to test the goalkeeper. Lovely run in behind Da Silva, but at his age, it's unlikely he'll be pacing out defenders, as Da Silva holds him off the ball for Villar to claim possession.
A terrific stat from Opta: Germany have conceded 2 goals in the 1st half in back-to-back games for the first time since 1964.
Ozil and Reus connect with some beautiful passing touches, but the latter's cross into the penalty box is too close to the goalkeeper.
Ortiz gets on the ball and delivers up high for Ayala to chase on the right, but the winger's cross is deflected by Schmelzer for a corner.
Schmelzer's hobbling a little bit after facing a tussle with Candia on the left-wing ahead of that opportunity. Came at a pace for Klose to connect with, but I'm sure he'll get one tonight!
KLOSE! it just won't come for him. A lovely fluid move from the Germans encompassing six or seven players, played into Klose, who cannot get past Aguilar, with his touch bringing his shot wide of the mark.
The hosts piling on the pressure in the middle of the park. Substitute Lars Bender produces the delicate through ball through the middle towards Klose, but Villar claims just in time.
Tbe Germans have done it! 2-2 against Paraguay, who've lacked any attacking movement and entrepreneurship in the last 20 minutes or so. It's Germany's for the taking.
Assist Mats Hummels
Goal Thomas Müller
GOAAL!! GERMANY 2-2 PARAGUAY! Thomas Muller equalises! A fine spell for the Germans, as the Bayern forward ghosts into position behind the defender, latching onto a lofted pass and slotting past Villar.
Germany responding to the setback faced earlier in this match. Much more fluid on the ball, and defensively more solid.
SUBSTIUTION: Ilkay Gundogan is feeling a bit of discomfort in his leg, and will depart the field. Will be replaced by Lars Bender.
REUS! The winger is lively on the far side tonight. Latches onto another great ball, but on his left foot, his tame shot is blocked well by Villar.
Klose fires the ball out wide for Schmelzer to provide the delivery into the box, but Samudio does his bit well, heading away.
GUNDOGAN! Well, the German defence has a case of the jitters tonight, for sure. A lovely corner swung in from Ayala almost creeps into the top corner, with Gundogan heading on the line.
REUS!! So close to equalising. It's another drifted ball which Candia and da Silva struggle with. The Dortmund winger tries dribbling his way into contention, but fails, as Villar blocks the ball away.
A big night for Miroslav Klose in store. One goal from the celebrated forward, and he equals the record set by footballing legend Gerd Muller (68 goals).
Aguilar heads away at the death after a delicate cross from the wing from Schmelzer threatens to bring Germany level. A speculative ball from Khedira back into the box is claimed by Villar.
Germany have reduced the deficit, but in truth - they should have more than one on the board. It's been a fine start to the match. So open, and chances flowing at both ends. Expect more goals!
Assist Mesut Özil
Goal Ilkay Gündogan
GOAL! GERMANY 1-2 PARAGUAY! Ilkay Gundogan reudces the deficit. A lovely intricate move from the left involving Reus and Lahm sees the Dortmund midfielder calmly curl the ball past the reach of Villar.
Victor Genes' side have performed admirably in the first 17 minutes, with two stunning goals in the midst of some remarkably poor German defending. It might be friendly, but the visitors are holding strong.
OZIL! A chance to make amends, and it goes begging. The Real Madrid midfielder is found on the edge of the area by a low cross from Thomas Muller, but he drags his shot wide to the right of Villar's goal.
What a stunning result we've got on our hands in Kaiserslautern. Low is furious on the touchline here, agitated it seems. The defending from the European giants has been laughable to say the least.
Goal W. Pittoni
GOOAAL!!! GERMANY 0-2 PARAGUAY!! Wow. What a shock that's brewing here. A cross from the left is headed away amidst pressure from Neuer, and suddenly, a deflection off Khedira allows Pittoni to fire on the half-volley, which beats Neuer.
Yellow Card P. da Silva
A yellow card for Paulo da Silva, but for what - I'm not exactly sure. It appears the centre-back has been booked for dissent.
KLOSE!!! What a miss. Unlucky not to have scored that. A through ball from Ozil pierces the Paraguayan midfield, and Klose races past to slightly lift the ball over the goalkeeper, but also the goal.
Assist W. Pittoni
Goal A. Núñez
GOAL!!! NUNEZ SCORES!! GERMANY 0-1 PARAGUAY!! What a fantastic goal from the number seven. A delightful ball is lofted over a static defence, and on the half-volley, Nunez rifles into the net.
MULLER! Paraguay just couldn't get the ball away. A lot of pinball in the penalty box, and Aguilar/Da Silva were the guilty parties, but they breathe a sigh of relief as the shot is deflected for a corner.
Germany threatening through Lahm on the right, he attempts to tee up Muller, who comes in on his left, but the Bayern man can't get the shot away.
Ayala makes good progress down the right wing, holding off Schmelzer before firing a low cross into the arms of Neuer.
Joachim Low is furious on the touchline at the ease Roque Santa Cruz was able to challenge Manuel Neuer, with the goalkeeper forced to head awkwardly away from his own goal outside the area. Germany get the ball away nonetheless.
And the free-kick is well saved by Villar, from Reus, unlucky from the Dortmund attacking midfielder. Meanwhile, the South Americans are on the offensive here.
Germany surge up the field, with Khedira ploughing past his marker in midfield - into the path of Miroslav Klose, and he's felled by the defender. Free-kick in Germany's favour.
Good movement from Gundogan, into the path of Marco Reus on the left hand side, but he's narrowly offside, was in a fine position. Not sure it was the right call by the referee.
UNDERWAY in Kaiserslautern! Germany will get us started, attacking from right to left in this first half.
There'll be a minute's silence before we begin proceedings here at the Fritz-Walter Stadion.
The sides are out in Kaiserslautern, where Paraguay GK Justo Villar is presented with a framed jersey, having reached 100 caps for the South American nation. Now, the national anthems.
PARAGUAY: Villar; Candia, Aguilar, Da Silva; Ayala, Pittoni, Ortiz, Samudio; Fabbro; Santa Cruz, Núñez
GERMANY XI: Neuer, Lahm, Mertesacker, Hummels, Schmelzer, Khedira, Gündogan, Müller, Özil, Reus, Klose
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS
Meanwhile, Paraguay are out of the running for World Cup qualifying, with coach Victor Genes calling up a number of familiar faces, plus the shock inclusion of 17-year-old Barcelona star Antonio Sanabria, he starts on the bench.
Coach Joachim Low is without Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Gomez and Julian Draxler for this clash, but the trainer will be hoping that his side can impress ahead of important qualifiers against Austria and the Faroe Islands next month, as they seek to qualify for Brazil in style.
The two sides meet for the first time since their last encounter at the Fifa World Cup in Japan/South Korea, a full 11 years ago - Germany prevailed 1-0 thanks to Olivier Neuville's goal.
I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be bringing you coverage from the Fritz-Walter Stadion in Kaiserslautern, as both sides prepare for a test of their abilities ahead of the final stretch of World Cup qualifiers in the Autumn.
Good evening, and welcome to Goal's LIVE commentary of the international friendly between Germany and Paraguay.
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