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Germans fall to Argentina

Debut for Müller, Demichelis facing lay-off

A clutch of Bayern stars were in action at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night, where a slick Argentina side beat Germany courtesy of Gonzalo Higuain’s goal on the stroke of half-time, but there was a price to be paid for the Munich club when Martin Demichelis was stretchered off in the second half with a suspected fractured cheekbone.

With 99 days remaining until the World Cup in South Africa, the majority of a near-capacity 65,152 crowd went home disappointed following a below-par performance from Joachim Löw’s team. “But it was a good test against a good team. Argentina played well, they were confident on the ball,” said Bastian Schweinsteiger, one of four Bayern men in Löw’s starting line-up. Thomas Müller made his senior debut, becoming Bayern’s 78th Germany international in the process.

“Obviously it was a fantastic feeling to be part of a match like that, and on my home ground too. Shame it couldn’t have been a better result,” said the 20-year-old, who performed with distinction in right midfield until his substitution on 67 minutes. “I don’t think I made a bad impression.” Fellow FCB man Toni Kroos, currently out on loan to Bayer Leverkusen, also earned his first full international cap as Müller’s replacement.