Argentine surge seals passage
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A pair of goals in as many minutes saw the Argentines storm back from a goal down to beat Germany in Abuja, guaranteeing them either first or second place in Group A with a match to go. The 2-1 result sees the Germans on one point from two matches and needing a win in their final game against Honduras to keep hope of a place in the knockout stages alive.

Germany took an early lead just as they did in their opening match against the hosts. A long, looping free-kick from midfield after only eight minutes soaring over lethargic-looking Argentina goalkeeper Damian Martinez and a pair of dozing defenders for Mario Goetze to nod home simply at the back post. It was the Borussia Dortmund striker's second goal in as many games at these finals.

The South Americans slowly began to work their way into the match, with Boca Juniors ace striker Sergio Araujo leading the way. But even without suspended centre-back Robert Labus, the Germany rearguard was looking supremely disciplined as the first half wore on. Try as they might, the crafty Albiceleste could find no way into the danger zones as the period ended with the Europeans threatening again. Shkodran Mustafi, who scored in the opening draw with Nigeria, flubbed a free header from an inch-perfect corner kick and then Lucas Kruspzky sliced well wide from the edge of the box.

The Argentines came out from the changing rooms with renewed vigour and were firstly level, and then leading, all within the space of just two minutes. Mustafi hauled down Daniel Villalva in the box after 56 minutes, and captain Esteban Espindola stepped up to equalise from the spot. Then, straight from the resulting kick-off, a horrid German pass back allowed Araujo to steal in and put the South Americans into the lead.

Despite a few late chances for the Germans, the Argentine surge stood through to the end. The Albiceleste play hosts Nigeria in their final game of the section on 30 October in Bauchi, while the Germans will take on Honduras that same day needing a win to move on to the round of 16.