Germany and Saudi Arabia, FIFA global friendly

Ilkay Gundogan

It is predicted that Germany has more chance to win this friendly match.

There is still little doubt that Saudi Arabia face a tough task in Russian Federation, despite it being one of the easier groups - as well as the hosts the Green Falcons face Uruguay and Egypt - making the knockout stages will still represent a great success.

"You can ask the questions, but you just have to accept when someone says, "I'm not talking about that anymore".

A former Dortmund team-mate of Reus' will enter Russian Federation 2018 under a cloud - Ilkay Gundogan again receiving boos following his meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Both Gundogan, who insists meeting Erdogan was "never about making a political statement", and Ozil, who sat out Friday's friendly, were born in Gelsenkirchen to Turkish parents.

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And Gundogan was roundly booed by large swaths of German fans on Friday after coming on as a substitute against the Saudis.

"We played a good first half but our performance significantly decreased after the half time". There are things to improve, no doubt, and after two weeks in the training camp, some strength was missing, but that's normal. "We created opportunities to score more than one goal".

"Everything is okay with the foot", said the team captain after only his second game back following eight months sidelined by a fractured foot. Regarded as the finest shot-stopper of his generation, the Bayern Munich ace looked all set to miss the cup in Russian Federation, but some great work by German medical team made it possible for him to return.

"Regardless of the past three defeats I still have very high hopes and confidence we'll do well", he said.

However, much of the focus after the game was on the treatment of Manchester City midfielder Gundogan.

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"We have one more week to go and we will be well prepared, so Germany needs not worry".

Germany's winless run ended with win over Saudi Arabia.

In its last leg before going to the opening match against World Cup hosts Russian Federation next Thursday, the Saudi national football team made a good effort to reconcile with its fans when it lost 1-2 to world champions Germany in a friendly at Cologne stadium on Friday.

Striker Almuwallad was unable to turn home from close range as Saudi Arabia's counter-attacking threat became increasingly prevalent.

This handout picture taken on May 13, 2018 and released on May 14, 2018 by the Turkish Presidential Press office shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (2nd R) posing for a photo with German footballers of Turkish origin Ilkay Gundogan (L), Mesut Ozil (L 2nd) and Cenk Tosun (R) in London. Expect Germany to outplay and outclass Saudi Arabia in every department in Leverkusen.

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