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Late Kroos strike gives Germany win

Toni Kroos
Toni Kroos scored the only goal of the game. Credit: PA

World champions Germany beat European champions Spain 1-0 in Tuesday night's friendly thanks to a late goal from Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos.

The hosts attacked more in the incessant Vigo rain, but they were unable to find a way through against the nation who replaced them as champions of the world in July.

With both coaches fielding experimental sides, and in view of the difficult conditions, the game did not turn out to be a classic between the two nations, but Germany nevertheless managed to emerge triumphant with Kroos' 89th-minute winner.

Voller backs Podolski to bounce back

Former Germany manager Rudi Voller has backed Lukas Podolski to rediscover his best form once he has sorted out his club future.

Podolski was a World Cup winner in the summer but has struggled to get a game at Arsenal, and Germany coach Joachim Low has admitted the situation is jeopardising his place in the national team.

You must not write Poldi off. He's not very old yet, at 29.

Lukas is a very good player who always faces up to the challenge. Competition has got fiercer, but it says a lot that he is still always involved (for Germany).

Of course it's an advantage for a player's self-confidence when he is playing regularly, though.

– Rudi Voller speaking to Bild am Sonntag


Injured Neuer out of Germany squad for Spain clash

Manuel Neuer. Credit: PA

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been forced to pull out of the Germany squad to face Spain in Vigo on Tuesday night due to a knee injury.

The 28-year-old kept a clean sheet as Germany defeated Gibraltar 4-0 on Friday evening, but a slight problem with his right knee has ruled Neuer out of the trip to Spain.

"I would have liked to have been able to field my best team against Spain, but we did not want to take any risks with Manuel," said Germany coach Joachim Low on the website of the German Football Association (DFB).

"With Roman Weidenfeller and Ron-Robert Zieler, we have two excellent alternatives who have more than deserved to play against Spain. I know I can rely on both of them."

Hector earns Germany call-up

Jonas Hector. Credit: PA

Cologne defender Jonas Hector is the new face in Germany's squad for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar and international friendly in Spain over the next two weeks.

The 24-year-old has been included in coach Joachim Low's 23-man squad despite never having represented his country at youth level.

"We want to get to know him better," Low said. "Jonas is in good form for Cologne."

Germany squad: Neuer (Bayern Munich), Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Zieler (Hannover); Boateng (Bayern Munich), Durm, Ginter (both Borussia Dortmund), Hector (Cologne), Howedes (Schalke), Mustafi (Valencia), Rudiger (Stuttgart), Rudy (Hoffenheim); Bellarabi, Lars Bender (both Bayer Leverkusen), Khedira, Kroos (both Real Madrid), Kramer (Borussia Monchengladbach), Muller (Bayern Munich), Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Schurrle (Chelsea); Podolski (Arsenal), Gotze (Bayern Munich), Kruse (Borussia Monchengladbach), Volland (Hoffenheim)

O'Shea hands Ireland dramatic point in Germany

The Irish lads celebrate their late equaliser. Credit: PA

John O'Shea celebrated his 100th appearance for the Republic of Ireland with a dramatic equaliser to further dent Germany's Euro 2016 qualification campaign.

The 33-year-old got ahead of Mats Hummels with seconds of the fourth minute of stoppage time remaining at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen to secure a 1-1 Group D draw with just his third goal for Ireland.

Within seconds, the final whistle sounded and was greeted by boos and whistles from the locals among a crowd of 51,204, who had seen their side dominate for long periods, but fail to kill off game opponents.

Toni Kroos looked to have fired the home side to victory when he smashed home a 71st-minute shot off the post, but O'Shea turned up in the right place at the right time to maintain Ireland's unbeaten start to their pool campaign.


Reus out for a month

Marco Reus
Marco Reus is just back from one injury. Credit: PA

Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus has been ruled out for a month with the ankle ligament injury he suffered during Germany's 2-1 win over Scotland on Sunday.

The 25-year-old will miss Dortmund's Champions League ties with Arsenal and Anderlecht as well as up to five Bundesliga encounters due to the injury.

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