New Manchester United signing Angel Di Maria set up three goals and scored another as Argentina beat world champions Germany in Dusseldorf.

Di Maria, a £59.7m capture, provided a delightful pass for Sergio Aguero to fire the South American side ahead.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela doubled the lead with a volley before Swansea's Federico Fernandez made it 3-0.

Di Maria made it 4-0 before Chelsea's Andre Schurrle and an own goal by Fernandez reduced the deficit.

Only four members of the Germany starting XI when the two sides met in the World Cup final 52 days earlier started the friendly, as Argentina gained a modicum of revenge for the narrow 1-0 defeat in July.

Mario Gomez, who missed the World Cup because of injury, wasted three chances for the hosts and received some boos from the home fans when his best opportunity on the stroke of half-time went begging.

By then, Germany were already two goals down because of the vision and precision of Di Maria.

Argentina's Federico Fernandez

Federico Fernandez joined Swansea from Napoli in August for around £8m

In the 20th minute, he curled a cross in behind the Germany defence with the outside of his left boot, serving the ball on a plate for Aguero to lift it into the roof of the net from point-blank range.

Five minutes before the break, Di Maria, who missed the World Cup final through injury, got to the byeline and lifted the ball back for Lamela to place perfectly into the top left-hand corner with a side-footed volley.

It became 3-0 for Argentina almost immediately in the second half when Swansea's Fernandez arrived to head Di Maria's cross past Germany's substitute goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller.

Three minutes later, Di Maria crowned his excellent personal performance with a goal, racing in from the right before dinking the ball delicately past the onrushing Weidenfeller.

Germany grabbed a consolation moments later through Schurrle, while Marco Reus hit a post before Mario Gotze's wayward effort was deflected into his own goal by Fernandez to bring the hosts back to within two goals.

Germany manager Joachim Low:

"We would have beaten Argentina in the final on July 13 even if Di Maria had been playing.

"He couldn't have beaten us on that day."

Argentina manager Gerardo Martino:

"Di Maria is one of the best four or five players in the world and so his performance didn't surprise me.

"His absence {in the World Cup final] was noticeable."

Germany v Argentina

Argentina ended Germany's 18 match undefeated run

Argentina's Angel Di Maria (right) celebrates scoring against Germany

Angel Di Maria made his Argentina debut in September 2008

Germany players at the end of their 4-2 home defeat to Argentina

Germany did not conced a single first half goal in Brazil on their way to winning the 2014 World Cup

Germany v Argentina

The last time Germany found themselves 4-0 behind was in a friendly match against Romania in April 2004

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (12)

Germany

  • 01 Neuer (Weidenfeller - 45' )
  • 15 Durm
  • 02 Großkreutz
  • 03 Ginter
  • 04 Höwedes (Rüdiger - 77' )
  • 09 Schürrle (Müller - 57' )
  • 14 Draxler Booked (Podolski - 33' Booked )
  • 21 Reus
  • 18 Kroos (Rudy - 71' )
  • 24 Kramer
  • 23 Gomez (Götze - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Hummels
  • 07 Rudy
  • 10 Podolski
  • 12 Zieler
  • 13 Müller
  • 19 Götze
  • 20 Boateng
  • 22 Weidenfeller
  • 25 Rüdiger

Argentina

  • 01 Romero (Andujar - 80' )
  • 16 Rojo
  • 15 Demichelis Booked
  • 17 Fernández
  • 04 Zabaleta (Campagnaro - 77' )
  • 14 Mascherano
  • 08 Pérez (Fernández - 45' )
  • 06 Biglia
  • 10 Agüero (Gaitán - 83' )
  • 18 Lamela (Gago - 68' )
  • 07 Di María (Álvarez - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Campagnaro
  • 05 Gago
  • 09 Higuaín
  • 13 Fernández
  • 19 Álvarez
  • 20 Gaitán
  • 21 Andujar
  • 22 Lavezzi
  • 23 Basanta
Ref: Björn Kuipers
Att: 51,132

Match Stats

Shots

14 12

On target

7 7

Corners

11 2

Fouls

14 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Germany 2, Argentina 4.

90:00 +4:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Germany 2, Argentina 4.

90:00 +3:05

Foul by Fernando Gago (Argentina).

90:00 +3:05

Mario Götze (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:47

Nicolás Gaitán (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:47

Foul by Sebastian Rudy (Germany).

90:00 +0:44

Ricardo Álvarez (Argentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:44

Foul by Kevin Großkreutz (Germany).

87:41

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Lucas Biglia.

86:43

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Hugo Campagnaro.

86:09

Foul by Federico Fernández (Argentina).

86:09

Marco Reus (Germany) wins a free kick on the left wing.

85:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. Ricardo Álvarez replaces Ángel Di María.

82:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. Nicolás Gaitán replaces Sergio Agüero.

81:11

Foul by Marcos Rojo (Argentina).

81:11

Thomas Müller (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:40

Foul by Ángel Di María (Argentina).

80:40

Antonio Rüdiger (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:11

Foul by Fernando Gago (Argentina).

80:11

Sebastian Rudy (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. Mariano Andujar replaces Sergio Romero because of an injury.

77:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Germany 2, Argentina 4. Mario Götze (Germany) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

76:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. Antonio Rüdiger replaces Benedikt Höwedes.

76:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. Hugo Campagnaro replaces Pablo Zabaleta.

75:50

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Federico Fernández.

75:47

Attempt saved. Marco Reus (Germany) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mario Götze.

73:20

Foul by Augusto Fernández (Argentina).

73:20

Erik Durm (Germany) wins a free kick on the left wing.

71:36

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Matthias Ginter.

71:24

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

70:25

Delay in match Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina) because of an injury.

70:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. Sebastian Rudy replaces Toni Kroos.

69:41 Booking

Booking Lukas Podolski (Germany) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

69:34

Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

69:34

Foul by Lukas Podolski (Germany).

68:01

Marcos Rojo (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:01

Foul by Toni Kroos (Germany).

67:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. Fernando Gago replaces Erik Lamela.

67:07

Attempt missed. Marco Reus (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mario Götze.

63:11

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Federico Fernández.

61:29

Offside, Argentina. Pablo Zabaleta tries a through ball, but Sergio Agüero is caught offside.

60:48

Lucas Biglia (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:48

Foul by Christoph Kramer (Germany).

59:32

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Pablo Zabaleta.

59:28

Attempt blocked. Marco Reus (Germany) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

57:26

Foul by Erik Lamela (Argentina).

57:26

Thomas Müller (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. Mario Götze replaces Mario Gomez.

56:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. Thomas Müller replaces André Schürrle.

56:25

Offside, Germany. Marco Reus tries a through ball, but Mario Gomez is caught offside.

55:29

Marcos Rojo (Argentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

55:29

Foul by Christoph Kramer (Germany).

52:28

Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Argentina) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Javier Mascherano.

51:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Germany 1, Argentina 4. André Schürrle (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a corner.

51:12

Attempt saved. André Schürrle (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marco Reus with a cross.

50:48

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Pablo Zabaleta.

49:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Germany 0, Argentina 4. Ángel Di María (Argentina) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pablo Zabaleta.

46:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Germany 0, Argentina 3. Federico Fernández (Argentina) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ángel Di María with a cross following a set piece situation.

46:09

Lucas Biglia (Argentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:09

Foul by Christoph Kramer (Germany).

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. Augusto Fernández replaces Enzo Pérez.

45:00

Second Half begins Germany 0, Argentina 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. Roman Weidenfeller replaces Manuel Neuer.

45:00 +0:59 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Germany 0, Argentina 2.

44:44

Attempt missed. Mario Gomez (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

44:41

Attempt saved. Marco Reus (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

42:15

Javier Mascherano (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:15

Foul by Marco Reus (Germany).

40:54

Javier Mascherano (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:54

Foul by Kevin Großkreutz (Germany).

39:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Germany 0, Argentina 2. Erik Lamela (Argentina) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ángel Di María.

38:26

Attempt missed. André Schürrle (Germany) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Toni Kroos following a set piece situation.

37:35

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Argentina).

37:35

Toni Kroos (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:41

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Federico Fernández.

35:59

Foul by Enzo Pérez (Argentina).

35:59

Toni Kroos (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:24

Attempt blocked. André Schürrle (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marco Reus.

32:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. Lukas Podolski replaces Julian Draxler because of an injury.

32:31

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Argentina) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ángel Di María following a fast break.

30:12

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Argentina) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Marcos Rojo.

29:45

Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Argentina) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Enzo Pérez with a through ball.

27:54

Foul by Enzo Pérez (Argentina).

27:54

Toni Kroos (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:04

Attempt saved. Mario Gomez (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marco Reus.

24:03

Attempt saved. Erik Lamela (Argentina) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lucas Biglia.

22:58

Enzo Pérez (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:58

Foul by Toni Kroos (Germany).

21:59

Attempt missed. Toni Kroos (Germany) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Marco Reus.

20:51

Foul by Enzo Pérez (Argentina).

20:51

Julian Draxler (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Germany 0, Argentina 1. Sergio Agüero (Argentina) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Ángel Di María.

19:18 Booking

Booking Julian Draxler (Germany) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

19:16

Javier Mascherano (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:16

Foul by Julian Draxler (Germany).

16:26 Booking

Booking Martín Demichelis (Argentina) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

16:18

Foul by Martín Demichelis (Argentina).

16:18

Marco Reus (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:23

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.

12:50

Foul by Marco Reus (Germany).

12:50

Lucas Biglia (Argentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

11:33

Foul by André Schürrle (Germany).

11:33

Ángel Di María (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:07

Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Argentina) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

11:05

Attempt missed. Federico Fernández (Argentina) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ángel Di María with a cross.

10:35

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Kevin Großkreutz.

9:24

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Marcos Rojo.

7:24

Attempt missed. Ángel Di María (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a fast break.

6:41

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Sergio Romero.

6:39

Attempt saved. Mario Gomez (Germany) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Christoph Kramer.

5:33

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Federico Fernández.

5:13

Foul by Enzo Pérez (Argentina).

5:13

Christoph Kramer (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:05

Enzo Pérez (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:05

Foul by Christoph Kramer (Germany).

2:25

Offside, Germany. Christoph Kramer tries a through ball, but André Schürrle is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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