Germany's Thomas Müller cancelled out an early goal from Spain forward Rodrigo at the ESPRIT Arena on Friday. - © © imago
Germany's Thomas Müller cancelled out an early goal from Spain forward Rodrigo at the ESPRIT Arena on Friday. - © © imago

Bayern Munich's Thomas Müller nets stunner as Germany hold Spain

Bayern Munich forward Thomas Müller scored his 38th international goal as world champions Germany came from behind to draw with Spain in a high-octane friendly in Düsseldorf on Friday.

Germany 1-1 Spain

Goals: 0-1 Rodrigo (6'), 1-1 Müller (35')

Germany started brightly, but were undone by a fine bit of Andres Iniesta invention. The Barcelona midfielder threaded a delightful ball through to Rodrigo Moreno, who clipped over the advancing Marc-Andre ter Stegen to give Spain the early lead. Chances came and went for Cologne left-back Jonas Hector and RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner, before Müller collected a pass from Sami Khedira and curled an unstoppable effort into the top corner of David De Gea's goal to send the 2014 World Cup winners in level at the break.

Only a spectacular flying save from De Gea prevented Paris-Saint Germain's Julian Draxler from giving the hosts the lead after the restart, before ter Stegen thwarted Isco from point-blank range at the other end. De Gea kept out substitute Ilkay Gündogan and Werner in quick succession, but even when he was beaten, the Manchester United custodian had Lady Luck on his side as Mats Hummels crashed a header against the crossbar. Bayern team-mate Jerome Boateng got in the way of a Diego Costa effort in a rare Spain foray into home territory as Germany extended their unbeaten run to 22 matches ahead of Tuesday's friendly with Brazil in Berlin.

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Match stats

    Germany's last defeat came in the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 2016 to tournament hosts France.Müller has scored four goals in his last four internationals. His overall record in Germany colours reads 38 in 90 appearances.VfB Stuttgart striker Mario Gomez made his first international appearance since the 6-0 rout of Norway in FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifying last April.Spain's Thiago, who completed 82 minutes at the ESPRIT Arena, came up against four of his Bayern team-mates.Die Mannschaft boast the better head-to-head record, winning nine of their 23 games against Spain (D7, L7).Joachim Löw has won only one of his four matches against Spain as a coach (D1, L2).


Germany: ter Stegen - Kimmich, Hummels, Boateng, Hector - Khedira (c) (Gündogan 53'), Kroos - Müller (Goretzka 81'), Özil, Draxler (Sane 68') - Werner (Gomez 84')
Unused subs: Leno, Trapp, Ginter, Plattenhardt, Rüdiger, Süle, Brandt, Stindl, Wagner
Absentees: Neuer (foot) [not selected: Reus, Götze, Schürrle], Rudy (granted personal leave), Can (back)
Coach: Joachim Löw

Spain: De Gea - Carvajal, Pique (Nacho 51'), Ramos (c), Alba - Thiago (Rodri 82'), Coke, Iniesta (Niguez 45') - Silva (Vasquez 71'), Isco (Asensio 59') - Rodrigo (Diego Costa 65')
Unused subs: Kepa, Pepe Reina, Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Odriozola, Parejo, Iago Aspas
Absentees: N/A [not selected: Morata, Sergi, Pedro, Mata, Fabregas, Bartra, Moreno, Martinez, Illarramendi]
Coach: Julen Lopetegui

As it happened

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