Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Germany Forced to Fight Back

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Germany Forced to Fight Back

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World Cup hosts Germany were forced to come from two goals down to earn a draw in their friendly at the BayArena against Japan.

Jurgen Klinsmann fielded a strong team but fell behind after a goalless first half.

Eintracht Frankfurt striker Naohiro Takahara scored either side of the hour mark to give the visitors the scent of victory, but late strikes from Miroslav Klose and Bastian Schweinsteiger ensured a draw.

Vratislav Lokvenc scored a late winner for the Czech Republic against Costa Rica in Jablonec.

The Salzburg striker came off the bench with 19 minutes remaining and headed the only goal of the game with eight minutes left on the clock after a cross from midfielder Libor Sionko.

Manchester United defender Gabriel Heinze stepped up his recovery from a cruciate ligament injury by featuring in Argentina's win against Angola.

Maxi Rodriguez and Juan Pablo Sorin scored the goals in Naples as Argentina cruised to a 2-0 victory, with Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi coming off the bench as he too stepped up his own return from injury. …

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