Germany's Ilkay Gundogan booed in World Cup warmup vs Saudi Arabia

Friendly international round-up: Germany squeeze past Saudi Arabia

Friendly international round-up: Germany squeeze past Saudi Arabia

Germany looked to be heading for a comfortable win as they sought to put their worst run of form for 30 years behind them as Timo Werner opened the scoring and Omar Hawsawi's own goal doubled their lead on the stroke of halftime. Germany's goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen denied Mohammad Al-Sahlawi a penalty but Taisir Al-Jassim took on the rebound and slotted home.

Defending World Cup champions Germany defeated Saudi Arabia 2-1 on Friday for a timely but unimpressive win one week before its title defense begins in Russian Federation. "We should have scored more goals", Germany head coach Loew said.

Germany play Mexico in their first World Cup match on June 17 in Moscow and dominated for long periods against Saudi Arabia, but poor defending allowed the visitors a string of late chances. Next week we'll be sharper, more dynamic and have even more power'.

Defending world champions host Saudi Arabia in their final warm-up game before 2018 Russian Federation.

Reus was alert to Joshua Kimmich's raking eighth-minute pass and cushioned a volley back across goal to give Werner a simple finish.

Gundogan and Mesut Ozil, who also met Turkey's president in London last month, were both booed by Germany fans during a 2-1 defeat in Austria on Saturday.

Bayer Leverkusen favourite Julian Brandt - surprisingly preferred to Leroy Sane by Low in his final 23 - made a lively cameo and sent a volley wide at the back post.

Friday's game was the team's first home worldwide since the scandal, and while Ozil missed the match through injury, Gundogan made an appearance from the substitutes' bench in the 57th minute and was subjected to booing for the remainder of the game.

There was frustration for Germany coach Joachim Low, as Ilkay Gundogan's every touch was booed for the second game in a row.

"I'm not anxious because I know that we're going to keep improving". Juan Antonio Pizzi, their head coach may have tinkered with his line up adopting rotation between squad members will nearly certainly play his strongest line up against the German.

Teammate Hummels has talked of the importance of supporters backing each player, though, telling reporters: "You shouldn't be booing Germany internationals during a home game".

Continuing its quest, the Saudi team cut half the way to the equalizer in the second half when it earned a penalty kick to score the goal.

There were also wins for Iran, Croatia and Switzerland, while Poland were held to a 2-2 draw by Chile.

"We gave away too many chances against a relatively weak opponent", Toni Kroos said.

Low said after Germany's 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia in their final World Cup warmup.

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