Not even Jamal Musiala could prevent Germany from losing to Colombia. - © IMAGO/Nordphoto
Not even Jamal Musiala could prevent Germany from losing to Colombia. - © IMAGO/Nordphoto

Germany lose to Colombia in friendly


Germany suffered their second straight friendly loss, after going down 2-0 to Colombia in Gelsenkirchen.

As it happened!

Germany: ter Stegen - Wolf, Thiaw, Rüdiger, Gosens - Can, Goretzka - Musiala, Gündogan (c), Sane - Havertz

Colombia: Vargas - Munoz, Mina, Lucumi, Machado - Lerma, Uribe (c), Cuadrado, Diaz, Arias - Borre

0 - 2

(0 - 0)

International Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen

Full-time: Germany 0-2 Colombia

Germany's final match of 2022/23 ends in defeat against a strong Colombia side.
End of second half

Five minutes of stoppage time indicated

Germany need to find two quick-fire goals to rescue a result.

Kimmich free kick

The ball is delivered from a threatening position from the left, but Sane is unable to hit a shot cleanly at the far post.

Final few minutes

Germany have tried everything but have not been able to consistently stretch the Colombia defence and look to be heading for defeat.

Chance for Füllkrug

The centre-forward meets a bouncing long ball, then lifts it over the both the outrushing goalkeeper and the crossbar.

Cuadrado slots in from the spot

The Juventus veteran sends ter Stegen the wrong way to double Colombia's lead.

Penalty to Colombia

Joshua Kimmich handles the ball moments after coming on as a substitute.

Borre ball in

A bit of Germany pressure allows Colombia to threaten on the break, but there are no takers for the Frankfurt man's ball across the box.

20 minutes remain

Germany are pushing, but Colombia remain a threat.

Gosens delivery blocked

Sane hit the ball out to Gosens on the left, who tried to centre for Niclas Füllkrug - who was waiting to pounce, only for Mina to get a vital block to the cross.

Attacking change

Niclas Füllkrug of Werder Bremen, joint top scorer in the Bundesliga last season, comes on.

Cuadrado drives wide

Another opportunity falls to the visitors.

Gündogan free-kick whipped in

The delivery from the left is easily cleared by Colombia, however.

Havertz effort turned behind

Munoz chases back to block a Havertz shot as Germany look to strike back after falling behind.

Arias fires over

Some more smart play from Colombia, with Luis Diaz dinking a ball through this time that Arias smashes over from the edge of the box.

Colombia lead

They've had a few chances - and now Colombia take the lead. Cuadrado sweeps in another good cross from the right and Luis Diaz sinks a header straight past ter Stegen.

Luis Diaz



Slightly slower

Colombia continue to keep the ball well, but overall the pace has dropped off since half-time.

Good defending from Gosens

The full-back slides to hook the ball clear, with Lucumi waiting to pounce from a free-kick.

Back in action

The second 45 starts with Germany making one change - Henrichs on for Wolf.

Half-time: Germany 0-0 Colombia

It's been a great test for the Euro 2024 hosts so far, with the South Americans putting in an impressive performance but Germany finding several good moments too.

One added minute indicated

It's been a thoroughly decent opening 45 minutes of football.

Musiala goes close

A trademark charge around the edge of the box from the Bayern Munich youngster, who then plays a lovely one-two with Havertz, but has his shot saved.

Four shots so far

Surprisingly, they have all come from Colombia. Germany have certainly had a few threatening moments.

Quiet few minutes

The opening 30 minutes had been played at the kind of pulsating pace beyond what you would expect from a friendly international. Things have quietened somewhat since, with the heat perhaps taking its toll.

Great ball in from Gosens

Lucumi clears over his own bar from short range after Germany put together a sharp attack.

Mina drive

A fierce shot from the defender is tipped around the post by ter Stegen. Colombia are pushing for an opening goal.

VAR check for potential Colombia penalty

There was a great challenge from Thiaw, with a potential offside before then, and the end result is no spot kick is given.

Good game in Gelsenkirchen

There has been a very decent tempo on this sweltering summer evening. Both sides have shown purpose, with Colombia perhaps having the better opportunities.

Borre denied

The Eintracht Frankfurt attacker aims to find the corner of the net with a header - it's a good effort but ter Stegen gets across well to save.

Gosens gets in

Wolf swings a cross from one side of the pitch to another, and it falls to the onrushing Robin Gosens just inside the box. His first touch is a tad heavy though, and the ball runs through to Vargas in goal.

Opening for Germany

Gündogan gets right to the byline inside the box and pulls the ball back to Wolf, who is lurking around the edge of the six-yard box. The pass doesn't find the Borussia Dortmund player in such a threatening position, however.

Mina heads wide

We've seen him head those in before - Yerry Mina gets a powerful header to a Cuadrado cross but sends it just wide.

Promising start

Colombia have passed the ball around nicely, and Germany have threatened on a couple of occasions with a decent sense of purpose.

Musiala and Gündogan combine well

Some slick attacking play from Germany but Gündogan can't poke a ball through to Havertz at the end of it as intended.

Threatening Colombia play

Uribe chips the ball forward to Cuadrado, who acrobatically cuts the ball across the goalmouth but Emre Can clears.

Searching ball forward from Rüdiger

The Real Madrid defender seeks Gosens with a ball lofted forward. The Inter Milan player does get behind a defender, but his pull-back can't find a white shirt.

We're off

Germany's final match of the 2022/23 season starts.

Time for the national anthems

Kick-off is almost upon us.

Flick wants win

The Germany coach told a broadcaster ahead of kick off: "We know we need a taste of success to take the next steps, otherwise it would be too difficult." He added that the team believes in its strengths, and "we want to see that tonight."

15 minutes to go

The stadium is filling up, with plenty of Colombia fans in attendance. We're all set for a fun summer evening of international friendly action.

Borre starts up front for Colombia

The Eintracht Frankfurt attacker has ten Bundesliga goals in the past two seasons. He is selected alongside Liverpool's Luis Diaz.

More on that Germany team

Hansi Flick makes five changes to the side beaten 0-1 in Poland on Friday. Wolf, Gosens, Goretzka, Sane and Gündogan come in. The Manchester City player captains the side in his home town of Gelsenkirchen, with Joshua Kimmich starting on the bench. Malick Thiaw makes his second appearance for Germany at centre-back.

Germany starting XI

ter Stegen - Wolf, Thiaw, Rüdiger, Gosens - Can, Goretzka - Musiala, Gündogan (c), Sane - Havertz

Germany subs

Leno, Trapp, Kehrer, Henrichs, Schlotterberck, Ginter, Brandt, Hofmann, Kimmich, Wirtz, Füllkrug

Colombia starting XI

Vargas - Munoz, Mina, Lucumi, Machado - Lerma, Uribe (c), Cuadrado, Diaz, Arias - Borre

Colombia subs

Mier, J Mosquera, Y Mosquera, Sanchez, Asprilla, Barrios, Castano, Salazar, Cassierra, Cortes, Valoyes

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Gündogan gunning for Germany glory

The Manchester City midfielder emphasised the importance of the national team working to develop, with one year to go until Euro 2024. He told the media: "We have the quality, but the reality is that we all have to work hard as Germany isn't where it was a few years ago right now. The generation of Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mesut Özil had a different feel. We want to get back there, it's our responsibility."

The boy is back in town

Ilkay Gündogan is expected to start tonight in his home city of Gelsenkirchen. The freshly crowned European champion and English treble winner with Manchester City was born there in 1990 to a family with Turkish heritage, but spent five years playing for Schalke's big rivals Borussia Dortmund.

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The Bundesliga's Colombians

A total of 13 players from Colombia have made an appearance in Germany's top flight. The most famous is without doubt James Rodriguez for his two-year spell at Bayern, while it's currently Frankfurt's Rafael Borre flying the flag for the South American nation in the Bundesliga. We took a look back on the top five Colombians to grace the German stage.

What's still to come?

Germany won't play a competitive fixture until they open Euro 2024 at the Allianz Arena on 14 June 2024. They currently have three more friendly matches scheduled, taking on Japan in Wolfsburg and France in Dortmund in September's international break. They then go to the USA in October and will face the Stars and Stripes in East Hartford. They will play another game out there against an opponent still to be confirmed.

Poland 1-0 Germany

Germany were then in Warsaw on Friday for another friendly against Poland. Despite creating a good number of chances, they were unable to find a way through and were beaten by a Jakub Kiwior first-half header from a corner.

Germany 3-3 Ukraine

Hansi Flick's side kicked off their June triple header with a landmark fixture against Ukraine in Bremen as they played their 1,000th international match. Marius Wolf put them ahead early before three individual errors allowed the visitors to take a 3-1 lead. Kai Havertz got one back before a late Joshua Kimmich penalty salvaged a draw for the Euro 2024 hosts.

A taste of Euro 2024

As hosts of next summer's European Championship, Germany aren't involved in qualifying during this period and are instead playing a series of friendly matches as they build up to the Euros. The Veltins-Arena is one of 10 grounds that will play host to Europe's best, with four games scheduled to be played in front of the 62,000 crowd in Gelsenkirchen.

Welcome! Willkommen! Bienvenido!

Welcome along to live coverage of Germany's third and final friendly match of June's international window as they host Colombia at Schalke's Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen.


Germany shared six goals with Ukraine last week in their first of three summer friendlies, before being beaten 1-0 by Poland, leaving them hungry for a win to conclude the 2022/23 season on a high. Ilkay Gündogan was rested for both those games after lifting the UEFA Champions League with Manchester City, but head coach Hansi Flick announced he would start in advance of the tie - and he takes the captain's armband in his home town, with Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich moved to the bench. Kai Havertz has earned another start, with the support of Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sane of Bayern on the flanks, while Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen) is also on the bench.

Colombia are continuing to fire under Argentinian coach, Nestor Lorenzo. Since the tactician was appointed last year, the South American nation are unbeaten in seven games, winning five. Their latest triumph was a 1-0 win against Iraq in Valencia's Mestalla stadium last Friday, debutant Mateo Cassierra netting the all-important goal in the 76th minute. Los Cafeteros are currently gearing up for the start of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, which they begin this September with games against Venezuela and Chile. Colombia are in Gelsenkirchen with three new faces in the international set-up, Andres Salazar, Oscar Cortes and the aforementioned Cassierra. Former Bayern man James Rodriguez - currently without a club - was overlooked for selection this time around.

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Match stats

  • Leon Goretzka, Kimmich and Musiala were part of the Bayern team that Flick led to a 2019/20 continental treble. Leroy Sane then joined the crew as the record champions made it an unprecedented sextuple.
  • Niclas Füllkrug finished 2022/23 as the Bundesliga’s joint-top scorer on 16 goals, level with RB Leipzig's Christopher Nkunku.
  • Musiala scored 12 Bundesliga goals in 2022/23. Only Serge Gnabry – currently sidelined by an ankle injury – hit more for Bayern (14).
  • Flick has won 12 of his first 23 matches as Germany coach (D7, L4).
  • James made 43 Bundesliga appearances between 2017 and 2019, producing 14 goals and 15 assists and winning two titles.


Germany: ter Stegen - Wolf, Thiaw, Rüdiger, Gosens - Can, Goretzka - Musiala, Gündogan (c), Sane - Havertz

Subs: Leno, Trapp, Kehrer, Henrichs, Schlotterberck, Ginter, Brandt, Hofmann, Kimmich, Wirtz, Füllkrug

Out: Klostermann (thigh), Schade (muscular), Werner (ankle)

Coach: Hansi Flick

Colombia: Vargas - Munoz, Mina, Lucumi, Machado - Lerma, Uribe (c), Cuadrado, Diaz, Arias - Borre

Subs: Mier, J Mosquera, Y Mosquera, Sanchez, Asprilla, Barrios, Castano, Salazar, Cassierra, Cortes, Valoyes

Out: James Rodriguez (not considered), Quintero (shin)

Coach: Nestor Lorenzo