Argentina had the ball in the net through Gonzalo Higuain in the 29th minute but the goal was ruled offside.

The best chance of the first-half fell to Higuain as well. Toni Kroos's ill-judged back header fell into his path with only goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to beat, but the Napoli striker snatched at his shot which went wide.

Germany suffered a blow before kick-off as Sami Khedira withdrew with a calf muscle injury. His replacement Christoph Kramer only lasted half an hour before going off after a blow to the head.