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World Champions defeated by Argentina

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Update: 2014-09-04 01:31:00
World Champions defeated by Argentina

DHAKA: Argentina and Angel di Maria rained on Germany's homecoming parade, as the defeated World Cup finalists smashed their counterparts 4-2 in Dusseldorf on Wednesday night.

The winger, who joined Manchester United for a British record transfer fee of €84 million last week, stole the show with an outstanding performance in the World Cup final re-match, giving fans of the Premier League club plenty of reason for cheer.

And while a friendly win – even one as resounding as this – did little to avenge their heartbreak in Brazil, Argentina could at least take heart from the fact that they ruined Germany's homecoming party at the Esprit Arena.

The 45,000-strong crowd paid tribute to the retiring trio of Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker and Miroslav Klose, as Germany lined up for their first match since winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Gomez, leading the Germany line in the absence of Klose, missed a great chance to open the scoring when he was played through in the seventh minute, with the 29-year-old shooting straight at Sergio Romero.

At the other end, Di Maria looked lively and, having fired over, he then set up Aguero for the game's first goal after 20 minutes.

Di Maria produced a superb cross with the outside of his left foot and Aguero did the rest, coolly volleying past Manuel Neuer from five yards.

Source: Deutsche Welle, goal.com‎

BDST: 1121 HRS, SEP 04, 2014

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