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  • May 29, 2011
  • • 19:00
  • • Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena, Sinsheim
  • Referee: Olegário Manuel Benquerenca
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Germany 2-1 Uruguay: Joachim Low's men repeat World Cup triumph in friendly

Germany 2-1 Uruguay: Joachim Low's men repeat World Cup triumph in friendly

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Goals from Mario Gomez and Andre Schurrle lifted the Mannschaft to victory over the Celeste, who pulled a goal back through Walter Gargano but only in vain

Benedikt Howedes earned his first international cap and Andre Schurrle scored his first goal for Germany as the Mannschaft earned a 2-1 friendly victory over Uruguay in a  match that was a replay of the 2010 World Cup third-place match.

Mario Gomez brought his Bayern Munich form to the game and opened the scoring on 20 minutes, before Schurrle - who started on the left flank ahead of regaular Lukas Podolski - scored a stunner from distance in the 35th minute. Uruguay pulled a deserved goal back through Walter Gargano, who pounced on a blocked effort to finish in the 48th minute.

Both of Germany's first half goals were well taken, but the hosts were somewhat flattered by the 2-0 score at the interval. After struggling for the first few minutes, Uruguay took the game to their hosts and their front trio of Edinson Cavani, Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez looked quite potent. Gomez's opener changed everything: the Bundesliga's top scorer took the ball off Diego Lugano's foot, powered forward, cut to his right and finished well.

Mesut Ozil nearly doubled the lead moments later after a clever through ball from Philipp Lahm, but Fernando Muslera made an excellent block to deny the Real Madrid man. Around the half hour mark the game took an end-to-end feel, which led to a number of scoring opportunities for both teams. Cavani, set up by a glorious ball from Suarez, who missed wide before Toni Kroos had an audacious effort from distance tipped over the bar by Muslera.

As before, it was the Germans who managed to take their chances, and Schurrle's finish put the hosts firmly in control. Ozil led the break and found the open attacker, who fired an unstoppable 20-yard shot inside the right post. Inspired, the hosts came close on several more occasions, but Uruguay matched their opponents' intensity and would have deserved a goal. Cavani's headed effort was disallowed for offside, and on the stroke of half-time, Forlan's powerful free kick was saved by Manuel Neuer.

Three minutes after the break, Uruguay finally got their goal through Gargano, who finished from close range after Suarez had his initial effort blocked by Lahm. Germany, who made several substitutions early in the second half, had an acrobatic Arne Friedrich goal disallowed for offside, but otherwise struggled to find their rhythm. On the other hand, Forlan and Diego Godin had a pair of efforts which forced excellent saves by Neuer.

Germany recovered and nearly had goals through Gomez and substitutes Lukas Podolski and Mario Gotze, but failed to put the game away. Instead, Uruguay had a double chance to earn a draw at the death, but Cavani missed wide and Neuer again denied Forlan.

The result will be disappointing for Uruguay, who have gone 83 years without a win against Germany and would have gained confidence from a win as they head into the Copa America. The hosts can be satisfied by having followed up a couple unconvincing performances with a win as they resume their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign in the upcoming days.

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