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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Di Maria destroys Germany

Angel di Maria inspired Argentina on a Dusseldorf mission over their World Cup final conquerors Germany as the Manchester United new boy scored once and set up three goals in a 4-2 victory.

Only four members of the Germany team which started the biggest match in world football on July 13 were selected, and the transformation from the Rio de Janeiro showpiece was dramatic.

Di Maria set up the first three goals for Sergio Aguero, Erik Lamela and Federico Fernandez before adding the fourth in a game filled with chances at both ends.

Argentina led 4-0 early in the second half but Andre Schurrle pulled one back for Germany before Fernandez turned a Mario Gotze effort into his own goal.

By half-time Germany were already two goals down due to the vision and precision of Di Maria setting up Aguero in the 20th minute.

Five minutes before the break, Di Maria supplied Tottenham's Lamela.

It became 3-0 for Argentina almost immediately in the second half when Swansea's Fernandez arrived to head Di Maria's cross the latter then crowned his excellent personal performance with a goal.

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