USA clinched a historic first win on German soil when they beat the world champions Germany at the RheinEnergieStadion on Wednesday night in Cologne. 22-year-old forward Bobby Wood scored the winner in the 87th minute from long range to give the visitors confidence ahead of the Gold Cup in July.
Die Mannschaft had got on the scoresheet first as early as the 12th minute with a clinical striker from 2014 World Cup final hero Mario Goetze. Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Patrick Herrmann made a mazy run into the box where he found Goetze near the penalty spot and he put it calmly past goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
But USA equalized just before half-time when Michael Bradley floated in a cross from the right flank to find Mix Diskerud who chested it down and put it away with a right-footed finish past Germany’s goalkeeper for the night Ron-Robert Zieler.
Since this was a friendly match, more than three substitutions were allowed for each team and USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann (a former Germany international himself) made it count. Wood was among the last of the substitutes to come on and he made it count.
Brad Evans’ pass cut through Germany’s midfield as Jordan Morris sold them a dummy and let the ball go to Wood. The forward took two touches to turn the defender and set himself up for the shot which beat Zieler to spark wild celebrations from the American camp and fans.
Germany almost scored an equalizer in the 94th minute, but Sami Khedira’s header from six yards out hit the bar. They next play Gibraltar in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Saturday.
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