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Goretzka strike salvages a draw for new-look Germany

Leon Goretzka spared coach Joachim Loew a humiliating defeat with a second-half equaliser as a new-look Germany side were held to a 1-1 draw in Wednesday s friendly against Serbia. Having controversially dropped veterans Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Mueller from the national squad two weeks ago, coach Loew had announced the beginning of a new era ahead of Wednesday s game. I was generally happy with the performance. You could see that there were a few communication problems, but that is something which improves with experience at this level, Loew told German broadcaster RTL after the game. The young Germany side looked comfortable in the opening exchanges, but Serbia scored with their first chance on 12 minutes. A fortunate deflection at a corner found Luka Jovic unmarked in front of goal, and the Eintracht Frankfurt striker nodded the ball past Manuel Neuer. Germany brought on Marco Reus and Leon Goretzka in the second half, and set about grinding down a solid Serbian


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