La­cazette dou­ble not enough to deny Germany

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

AN in­jury time Lars Stindl goal earned Germany a 2-2 draw in a heavy­weight friendly bat­tle against France in Cologne.

Alexan­dre La­cazette twice put the vis­i­tors ahead, with Timo Werner net­ting the first equaliser for the Ger­mans.

France looked set to hold on and make it three vic­to­ries in a row against Germany, who they beat in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship semi-fi­nals last sum­mer, only for Stindl to equalise with vir­tu­ally the fi­nal kick of the game.

World Cup hosts Rus­sia se­cured a morale-boost­ing 3-3 draw with Spain, fight­ing back from two goals down.

Jordi Alba opened the scor­ing in the ninth minute be­fore Ser­gio Ramos net­ted the first of two penal­ties.

But Fy­o­dor Smolov pulled one back just be­fore half-time, with Alek­sei Mi­ranchuk equal­is­ing soon af­ter. Ramos then scored from the spot again two min­utes later but Smolov se­cured par­ity with a 70th-minute lev­eller.

It was a land­mark night f or Manch­ester United striker Romelu Lukaku as he be­came Bel­gium’s all-time lead­ing scorer.

The 24-year-old net­ted his 31st goal for his coun­try in the 72nd minute to earn the Red Devils a 1-0 vic­tory over Ja­pan.

Hol­land were com­fort­able 3-0 win­ners over Ro­ma­nia.

Mem­phis De­pay made the break­through two min­utes af­ter the break, and there were fur­ther strikes from Ryan Ba­bel and Luuk de Jong.

Aus­tria were 2-1 vic­tors against Uruguay, Louis Schaub scor­ing a late win­ner af­ter Edin­son Ca­vani had can­celled out Mar­cel Sab­itzer’s opener.

Kosta Gadzhalov

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