World champs Germany made to work by Saudis

CROATIA beat Senegal 2-1 in Friday’s friendly clash between two sides heading to Russia but Germany made hard work of beating Saudi Arabia 2-1.

Joachim Low’s men had been 1-14 for victory but struggled to build on Timo Werner’s opener in the eighth minute. The striker is 16-1 to be the top goalscorer at the World Cup and 2-1 favourite to top the scoring charts for 5-1 shots Germany.

Argentina, 10-1 to lift the trophy, have replaced the injured Manuel Lanzini with experienced midfielder Enzo Perez.

Huddersfield have broken their transfer record to sign Monaco defender Terence Kongolo, who made 13 appearances on loan for the Terriers last season.

Huddersfield are 5-4 to be relegated next term and 10-1 with Sky Bet to finish in the top half of the Premier League.

Match in Focus

19:30 TODAY BT2

Stuttgart v F Dusseldorf

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • A 3-0 defeat to Bayern is Stuttgart’s only loss in their last nine at home in the league
Expert verdict
Stuttgart, who finished last season with four straight wins, have struggled to get going with even World Cup-winning defender Benjamin Pavard unable to shore up a leaky rearguard. However, they can chalk up a first win of the season against Fortuna Dusseldorf, who also cannot keep a clean sheet.

 

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