Joy prevails as Germany draws with Argentina

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10 February 2005 , DUSSELDORF - Joy had a slight edge over frustration on Wednesday night in Germany's 2-2 draw with Argentina in a friendly football international. "What a pity. Strong showing without a happy end," said the front-page headline of Kicker sports magazine on Thursday. The Bild daily said Juergen Klinsmann's team "lacked the killer instinct" but added "We are on the right way". Germany played one of their best matches in recent years the previous night, but an 81st-minute equalizer from two-g

10 February 2005

DUSSELDORF - Joy had a slight edge over frustration on Wednesday night in Germany's 2-2 draw with Argentina in a friendly football international.

"What a pity. Strong showing without a happy end," said the front-page headline of Kicker sports magazine on Thursday.

The Bild daily said Juergen Klinsmann's team "lacked the killer instinct" but added "We are on the right way".

Germany played one of their best matches in recent years the previous night, but an 81st-minute equalizer from two-goal hero Hernan Crespo denied them victory.

Germany are now 11 games without a victory against a major football power, the last success being a 1-0 over England at Wembley in October 2000.

But the attacking game plan and constant pressure on the Argentinians - even without playmaker Michael Ballack and forward Miroslav Klose - made it a very positive night.

"Of course we would have preferred to win. We paid for our mistakes. But we had a great start into 2005," said Klinsmann.

For Klinsmann and the team the game marked another step forward in their preparation for the 2006 World Cup in Germany - the event where everything is to come together.

"We light-heartedly gave away the victory. We can not afford to let this happen at the World Cup," warned Bild.

Klinsmann said: "It was another step forward in our development of a team philosophy. We want to develop a scheme all players can identify themselves with. Not to react but to put pressure on the big teams as well.

"The players realised that they can beat such an opponent (as Argentina). When we meet such teams in 16 months at the World Cup we need the confidence to say: 'Yes, we can do it'," said Klinsmann.

Midfielder Torsten Frings, among the best players on the night and scorer of Germany's first goal from the penalty spot, underlined that the mistakes will be erased once the youngsters gained more experience and that the match had boosted confidence.

"We make these mistakes because we have new young players. We must erase them over the next months, then we will also beat teams like Argentina. I saw no difference in the level of play," said the Bayern Munich player.

Klinsmann, whose positive attitude was once again praised, is ready to allow his players mistakes as they are part of their learning process.

Arminia Bielefeld's Patrick Owomoyela readily admitted that he was partly to blame for the second goal. Other young players included Hanover 96 central defender Per Mertesacker, who missed a golden scoring opportunity for 3-1, and wing back Thomas Hitzlsperger.

Klinsmann said earlier on Wednesday that he plans to gather a large group of around 35 players for a fitness test ahead of the next game 26 March in Slovenia.

A second chance to beat Argentina then comes on 21 June when the two sides meet again in Nuremberg in a group match at the Confederations Cup. 

DPA

Subject: German news 

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