It may be quite a dormant summer for most of the majority of the European football nations but that is certainly not the case for Germany. By virtue of their World Cup victory in Brazil back in 2014 they are one of the eight teams taking part in this month’s FIFA Confederations Cup.
Germany boss Joachim Low has named something of an experimental squad for the competition, looking at it as an opportunity to blood some untested faces on the international scene with the possibility of those names then bursting through and putting themselves in the frame for a berth in the 23 man squad for the main event in Russia next year, that of course being the World Cup where Germany will be defending their title (bar a huge collapse in qualification that is)
Last night they faced Denmark in a tune up game for the Confederations Cup and it was honours even as Germany had to make do with snatching a late equaliser thanks to Joseph Kimmich, his strike came on the 88th minute and foiled Denmark from earning a win on home soil.
Denmark took the lead through Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen after 18 minutes when he took full advantage of an Antonio Rudiger defensive blunder. The Roma defender was quilty of heading a clearance straight at Eriksen who then duly obliged by putting the home side ahead.
It looked as if the Danes would leave Brondby by getting one up on their local rivals but the World Cup holders had a final sting in the tale and it was in spectacular fashion also as Kimmich fired a stunning overhead kick which flashed past Denmark goalkeeper Frederik Ronnow and into the goal to level proceedings at 1-1 a piece.
So it would be honours even between the two sides, before the Confederations Cup proper though Germany now take on San Marino at home in their Group C World Cup qualifier on Saturday while Denmark play Kazakhstan away in their World Cup qualifying match the same night.
Here is all you need to know from Brondby (10 minute – Extended Highlights)