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May 29, 2013
• FAU Football Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida
Referee: R. Salazar
• Attendance: 9000
A. Valencia 45'
W. Ayoví 84'
L. Podolski 1', 17'
L. Bender 4', 24'
We've seen plenty of goals and top saves, with a top national side being pushed all the way by South American opposition. I've been Simon Harrison, and I hope to catch you all again next time. Enjoy your evening.
Thanks for keeping up to date with Goal.com's LIVE coverage of Germany's 4-2 friendly over Ecuador in the US, as Lukas Podolski scored one of the quickest goals in Germany's national team history.
Germany's rotation options will be filled with some extra confidence after that performance, as the likes of Bender and Kruse gave a good account of themselves. Ecuador will feel hard done to, but they essentially committed defensive suicide in the opening half hour.
Germany were quick out of the blocks, registering a two goal lead within the opening five minutes, but the majority of the game belonged to Ecuador, who just couldn't find the back of the net, partially thanks to some fantastic saves from Rene Adler.
The full time whistle blows! Germany are 4-2 victors over Ecuador, but the scoreline doesn't quite tell all of the story. Two first-half goals apiece for Podolski and Bender proved to be too much for Ecuador to beat, despite goals from Valencia and Ayovi.
90' + 4'
SARITAMA! A floated cross just evades its intended target at the back post, and that should be that.
90' + 2'
QUINONEZ! The substitute tries his luck from 25 yards out, but can't find the correct side of the post with Adler at full stretch! Unlucky.
90' + 1'
We're into stoppage time now, and it seems as though Germany are going to cling onto their commanding lead. Ecuador deserve the scoreline to be tighter though.
With only a few minutes left on the clock, Ecuador are going more direct, hoofing the ball long in search of Rojas. I'm not sure it's the best idea, however, as Mertesacker is rather imperious in the air against such diminutive opposition strikers.
The crowd are vocal again and the atmosphere has improved ever so slightly since the second Ecuador goal. So much so, that a streaker decides to run onto the pitch, getting as many handshakes from players as he can.
Despite almost single-handedly keeping Germany's buffer in place with some great saves throughout, Adler will be disappointed to concede that free-kick. Though he may have been unsighted by an opponent ahead of him, he should have saved that.
Goal W. Ayoví
GOOOOAL! AYOVI! A near post from the Ecuador defender creeps in past Adler, who can only help the ball on its way into the side netting! This could set up an exciting finish!
Yellow Card Heiko Westermann
Ecuador have had the lion's share of possession in this second half, and have kept the ball patiently, but they have nothing to show for it and haven't been clinical. Germany on the other hand, have created few other chances, other than their goals.
M. de Jesús
Germany are happy to sit back and defend their rather handsome lead, and Low's substitutions demonstrate this readiness. Ecuador are seeing plenty of the ball and are causing their fair share of problems, but it's hard to see where they are to get three goals from.
Germany are being forced further and further back towards their own goal, Kruse is unable to make their clearances stick too. Things certainly aren't going to plan for Germany, and if it wasn't for the great goalkeeping from Adler, Ecuador could be well in this game.
IBARRA! Adler tips over a ferocious drive from the Ecuadorian substitute, that was a fantastic save!
Yellow Card Stefan Reinartz
This game has somewhat petered out in the second half, despite a frenetic opening. Valencia looks the most likely to score for Ecuador, as their strikers seem to be lacking the nous to get beyond the imposing figures of Mertesacker and Westermann.
VALENCIA! Ecuador's goalscorer slips in behind the German defence, but a great interception from Jansen prevents him from tapping the ball past the onrushing Adler - who collides with his defender. It was all for nothing, however, as the linesman had his flag up anyway!
Bender is penalised for making a recovering challenge on Rojas, seemingly when he got the ball, but the free-kick come to nothing, as the wall does it's job. Bender was absolutely furious about that decision, might I add.
WESTERMANN! The German defender is left unmarked in the Ecuador penalty area, but can't turn Podolski's corner delivery home, despite it being a free header. He looks disappointed with himself, and rightly so!
Yellow Card Lukas Podolski
Yellow Card R. Ibarra
Tempers flare between Podolski and Bone, after the German international felt he was victim to a particularly rash challenge from his opponent. Paredes and Podolski both do their fair share of pushing, before the Arsenal striker is booked.
Play is being heavily slowed down by a customary stream of substitutions, as both sides look to freshen up their tiring players. Ecuador do look in better condition, however, and momentum is with them too.
Kruse is infuriated, after he is penalised for a tug on his marker, when it seemed at though it was in fact him who was pushed in the back. The referee hasn't had a great deal of decisions to make in this game, but when he has used his whistle, there have been a couple of puzzling decisions.
Germany are really struggling to get out of their own half at the moment, with Adler being asked plenty of questions and pressurised constantly. Ecuador have definitely upped the tempo in this second half, and Germany have struggled to deal with their relentless approach.
GREAT BLOCK! Valencia drives forward after Neustadter is robbed in possession, and the winger slips Montero through on goal. Howedes recovers well, taking the ball off Montero's boot as he lined up a strike, before Westermann blocks a Bone effort well!
Germany haven't pieced together one good move in this second half, and I don't think that the questionable goalkeeping of Banguera has even been tested. It's all Ecuador going forward, as their wide players are being permitted plenty of the ball.
ADLER! Two great saves in quick succession deny Castillo and later Montero, as the Germany shot stopper is at his acrobatic best to palm away a curling Montero effort.
MONTERO! The dangerous number nine cuts inside his man once more, but can't keep his composure! He blasts a swerving effort way, way wide, after initial good work.
Draxler isn't risked, despite returning to the field of play after going down. The Schalke youngster hasn't contributed a great deal this evening, so perhaps Aaron Hunt can get more involved in the action.
Worringly for Germany, Draxler went down after being challenged by Achilier, and is received treatment on his right leg. Both Low and Schalke will hope that it's merely a knock.
DRAXLER! The young Schalke man is slipped inside by Sam, but Achilier matches him for pace, putting enough pressure on Draxler to force him to blast his effort clear of the crossbar.
VALENCIA! The ball breaks nicely to Ecuador's goalscorer once again on the edge of the box, but Adler is equal to the Man United winger's strong near post strike!
Montero! The left winger makes a mazy run down the left hand side, beating Westermann easily, but the German defender recovers well to dispossess his tricky adversary. Cristian Benitez then sees a shot comfortably saved by Adler.
A sloppy start to the second half, as both teams trade possession needlessly due to their own errors. The atmosphere is also quite flat, as Germany as a team have switched off, and Ecuador aren't looking like bringing this game back to 4-4.
And we are back underway for the second half! Germany lead 4-1, but Ecuador looked strong in the final ten minutes of the first 45 minutes, so we should have an interesting conclusion in store!
Although Germany lead comfortably, the scoreline perhaps flatters them a little, as since Bender's second goal - Germany's fourth - Low's side haven't really threatened at all.
Lukas Podolski's goal after nine seconds is the talking point of the first half, but Kruse and Bender have also given a good account of themselves so far. Draxler has been a little quieter than perhaps he would have liked, but Germany have scored four regardless.
There's the halftime whistle! The referee ends a forgettable half for Ecuador, who threw the game away somewhat before they could even settle down. Two goals for Podolski and two for Bender give Germany a three goal lead at the break, despite a late strike from Valencia.
45' + 1'
Ecuador finally have something to show for their recent efforts, as they've really penned Germany back in the last ten minutes of the first half. Montero has been dangerous, but it proved to be Valencia who gets on the scoresheet first.
Assist Jefferson Montero
Goal Antonio Valencia
GOOOOAL! VALENCIA! The right winger pulls one back, slotting home a loose ball from just inside the penalty area, wrongfooting Adler!
SAVE! Adler gets down quickly to his right to beat away a shot which arrived at a comfortable height. The Hamburg man hasn't had a great deal to do, but what he has done has been efficient.
Germany are just stepping off the gas a little here, and Ecuador are really pressing men forward and causing a few problems.
Low is frustrated, after Bender is caught by a late challenge by Castillo, but the double goalscorer gets back to his feet. This might only be a friendly, but that tackle certainly wasn't the prettiest, he timed it all wrong.
CASTILLO! The midfield man gets forward, but fails to hit the target from ten yards! Montero really has been Ecuador's creative spark so far, he's causing a fair few problems for Westermann, and whenever he's on the ball he looks dangerous.
Germany haven't created any chances in the past ten minutes or so, as Ecuador begin to press quite efficiently, forcing their opponents back to Adler. However, you get the feeling that one ball forward from Germany could unlock them completely.
There's a break in play, as Caicedo is forced into being substitution through an injury complaint. Bone replaces his compatriot, who in fairness has probably caused Germany the most problems behind Montero.
CAICEDO! That was a golden chance! The powerful striker burst into the penalty area once again, beating Howedes with ease, but he can only trickle an effort towards Adler!
BENITEZ! He tries his luck fromthe edge of the area, but sees his effort blocked well! Ecuador are knocking on the door, that's for sure.
Germany are just being caught a little deep at the moment, as their back four are struggling to make their clearances stick. Mertesacker has had to throw in a couple of blocks on the edge of his area, as Ecuador begin to look a little bit dangerous.
OOOH! CROSSBAR! Ecuador threaten again! Montero cuts inside from the right and curls an effort onto Adler's bar, I think the Hamburg keeper was beaten too!
Max Kruse has been given free reign down this left hand side, Paredes has had a torrid opening half an hour, he looks out of his depth. Montero is Ecuador's only real spark, they're poor other than when his quick feet get on the ball.
At long last, Adler has something to do! It's merely a routine stop to catch a strike directs straight at him, but Ecuador have finally given him cause for concern. As I've said before, this has been far, far too easy for Germany.
Assist Roman Neustädter
Goal Lars Bender
GOOOOAL! BENDER AGAIN! The holding midfielder must be wondering what is going on, he's not meant to be freely scoring like this! It's a goalkeeping gaffe from Banguera, whose flimsy wrist can't keep out a poor attempt from bender.
Germany's front four, of Podolski, Draxler, Kruse and Sam are being permitted to sit extremely high up the field, with allows for Low's side to counter quickly. Sam in particular is pulling wide, stretching the play, and it's allowing for Kruse and Podolski to maraud freely down the left.
SAM! The right winger cuts inside onto his left foot, but despite the Ecuadorian defence backing off, his feeble effort goes some way wide. Germany aren't happy to sit back on their comfortable lead, they can smell blood here.
Ecuador are being really embarrassed at the moment. Their defence is like a sieve, and they have surrendered possession far too often. Adler has had nothing to do so far, aside from picking a couple of short passes.
Goal Lukas Podolski
GOOOOOAL! GREAT STRIKE FROM PODOLSKI! After being picked out by a wonderful cutback from Kruse, he makes no mistake whatsoever, smashing the ball into the bottom corner on the half volley!
Caicedo goes closest to testing Adler for the first time in the match. The physically imposing striker manages to pick up the ball on the edge of the box and drives past Westermann, but instead of shooting towards the near post, he tries to cut inside his man, and loses the ball!
Ecuador finally enjoy a good spell of possession, working the ball from left to right, but they're lacking penetration. Whenever the ball is sprayed wide to Valencia, you expect him to whip in a cross, but the Manchester United winger looks a little conscious about losing the ball.
Kruse gets free down the left hand side once again, but his cross from the byline is cleared behind for a corner. Somehow, the delivery avoids the towering presence of Mertesacker, and Ecuador escape unpunished.
A great ball from Neustadter releases Kruse, who hares free of his marker, but he fails to pick out a white shirt as he attempted to cut the ball back to the edge of the box. Ecuador are being carved apart with ease!
Lukas Podolski has had a very good start to this game, chipping in with a composed goal. What's more, I don't think that he's looked troubled on the ball yet, Ecuador are making things rather easy for Joachim Low's men.
The crowd are already a little bit restless towards Ecuador, after Antonio Valencia's first contribution to the game is a blocked cross. Jeers ring out, the supporters in yellow aren't pleased that their side aren't putting up a fight.
Ecuador are really struggling to work themselves into this game. Germany are pressing well in midfield, and have carved their opponents apart completely on two occasions. This will have settled the nerves of the second string Germany players, certainly.
Assist Sidney Sam
Goal Lars Bender
GOOOOAL! It's two! Podolski slips through Lars Bender, and the German holding midfielder doubles their advantage! This could be any score, Ecuador are imploding.
Well, that won't have been the start Ecuador would have wanted! Their defence already look nervous and error-prone in the wake of their very, very early mistake. That must have been one of the quickest goals of the year.
Goal Lukas Podolski
GOOOOOAL! After nine seconds Lukas Podolski has given Germany the lead! The Arsenal man robs a defender of the ball, and passes it home beyond Banguera!
Referee Ricardo Salazar blows his whistle to signal the start of the first half, and we are underway! Ecuador are wearing their vibrant strip of yellow and blue, whereas Germany are in their usual white shirts with black shorts.
Both nation's respective national anthem rings out in the evening air, each met with raucous applause from the crowd, perhaps due to the presence of neutrals. There is certainly more support for Ecuador however, with plenty of fans donning their striking yellow colours.
The teams are in the tunnel and the atmosphere in the stands is a jovial one, with Ecuador and Germany fans happily mixing in the seated areas. This game is hard to predict, with Low's side having so many second string players involved.
Germany substitutes: ter Stegen, Hunt, Schurrle, Aogo, Muller, Wollscheid, Zieler, Reinartz.
Ecuador substitutes: Dominguez, Bone, Guagua, Rojas, Saritama, de Jesus, Bagui, Quinonez, Ibarra.
Germany starting line-up: Adler, Mertesacker, Westermann, Howedes, Jansen, Sam, Bender, Kruse, Neustadter, Draxler, Podolski.
Ecuador starting line-up: Banguera, Achilier, Erazo, Castillo, Valencia, Noboa, Ayovi, Paredes, Montero, Benitez, Caicedo.
I'm Simon Harrison, and I will be keeping you up to date with proceedings from Florida, as both teams enter tonight's match unbeaten in their last five games. Germany are much-changed from their normal line-up, but those new faces will want to impress.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE coverage of Germany's international friendly versus Ecuador, which is being played on US soil. Joachim Low's side is to face Reinaldo Rueda's side without players from either Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund.
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