Germany's Ilkay Gundogan booed in World Cup warmup vs Saudi Arabia

Ilkay Guendogan Germany international friendly 2018

Ilkay Guendogan Germany international friendly 2018

Germany limbered up for their World Cup defence with a patchy 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen on Friday, ending a five-match winless slump in friendlies.

Switzerland striker Haris Seferovic gave his morale a much-needed boost when he scored the second goal in a 2-0 win over fellow World Cup qualifiers Japan. Taisir-Al-Jassa scored a late penalty as a consolation goal as the match ended with a 2-1 scoreline.

Mats Hummels has confessed to being disappointed with Germany supporters after a section of the BayArena crowd booed Ilkay Gundogan against Saudi Arabia.

Ilkay Gundogan was booed by Germany fans in their final World Cup warm-up game against Saudi Arabia after meeting Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May and calling him "my president".

Gundogan handed over a City shirt with the message "to my president, with my respects", which led to criticism, including from politicians and DFB (German Football Association) chief Reinhard Grindel.

Gundogan was whistled despite Low's protestations to the stands when he came on for the excellent Reus in the 57th minute.

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Gundogan, though, was soon jeered when seeing two close-range efforts saved not long after taking to the pitch.

Low called for unity as his squad prepare to jet out to Russian Federation ahead of their tournament opener against Mexico in Moscow on June 17.

Useful facts: The Carthage Eagles play the third and final global friendly ahead of the World Cup, having played Iran and Costa Rica earlier this year as preparation for the tournament. "I ask you this - what should Ilkay do now?"

Watching their team take on Germany, Saudis now have a bit more hope that their players will make it farther than initially expected.

"He spoke about this with the press last week and underlined his support for German values, that he was born here, brought up here, his family and friends are here. Everybody must move on from this now". The Germans come into this match reportedly without the services of Mesut Ozil who had a bruise on his knee and will not be risked for the upcoming tournament. "We will improve and once the tournament starts we will be ready. In the end we were lucky to win", he said. Our movement was good in the first half.

"We eased off in the second half, defensively we need to work a bit better and not leave so many open spaces. Next week we'll be sharper, more dynamic and have even more power".

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