Schalke duo earn Germans draw
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Kevin Kuranyi and Gerald Asamoah scored as Germany drew 2-2 with Argentina.Argentina and Germany played out an entertaining 2-2 draw to close their Group A Confederations Cup campaigns.
With both nations having already secured their participation in the semi-finals by virtue of their wins over Tunisia and Australia, the game was an open affair in which Germany twice took the lead in front of their own fans through Schalke pair Kevin Kuranyi and Gerald Asamoah.
However, needing to win to finish top of the group, Argentina fought back on both occasions and took a share of the spoils with strikes from Juan Roman Riquelme and Esteban Cambiasso.
Schalke new boy Kuranyi opened the scoring on 29 minutes as he capitalised on a series of blocks to tap in from two yards past German Lux in the Argentina goal.
However, just three minutes later the South Americans restored parity as Villarreal star Riquelme netted his third of the competition with a well-taken free kick after Javier Zanetti had been floored by Fabian Ernst.
Kuranyi was at the centre of the action again for Jurgen Klinsmann's side's second goal as he played in Schalke team-mate Asamoah who slotted in on 51 minutes.
Germany failed to maintain their lead for a second time as Cambiasso latched onto a Juan Pablo Sorin ball to blast in past Timo Hildelbrand - with the young Stuttgart shot stopper earning just his third cap.
Although Klinsmann's side failed to hold on for a win against the side who have already secured their place in next year's World Cup finals, they claimed top spot and will now face either Mexico, Brazil or Greece in the semi-finals.