German defense exposed in 3-3 draw with Paraguay

Germany coach left to ponder defensive frailties in 3-3 draw with well-organized Paraguay side

German defense exposed in 3-3 draw with Paraguay

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (AP) -- Lars Bender salvaged a 3-3 draw for Germany against Paraguay in their friendly game on Wednesday, a result that left coach Joachim Loew pondering serious defensive frailties in his side.

Jose Ariel Nunez opened the scoring with Paraguay's first shot in the ninth minute, and more sloppy defending allowed Wilson Pittoni to make it 2-0 four minutes later.

Ilkay Gundogan pulled one back in the 18th, and Mats Hummels sprung the offside trap for Thomas Mueller to equalize in the 31st.

But Samudio restored Paraguay's lead before halftime, when former Bayern Munich striker Roque Santa Cruz found him unmarked at the far post.

Bender saved the home side's blushes in the 75th, when he beat Oscar Romero to the ball, took it on his chest and volleyed into the far corner.

Updated : 2021-04-13 16:30 GMT+08:00