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Angel di Maria stars as Argentina beats Germany 4-2 in friendly rematch of World Cup final

  • Argentina's Angel Di Maria scores his side's fourth goal during the friendly soccer match between Germany and Argentina in Duesseldorf, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Argentina's Angel Di Maria scores his side's fourth goal during the friendly soccer match between Germany and Argentina in Duesseldorf, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sergio Agüero tras anotar el primer gol de Argentina en un partido amistoso ante Alemania, el miércoles 3 de septiembre de 2014 en Duesseldorf. El portero Manuel Neuer está de rodillas. (AP Foto/Martin Meissner)

    Sergio Agüero tras anotar el primer gol de Argentina en un partido amistoso ante Alemania, el miércoles 3 de septiembre de 2014 en Duesseldorf. El portero Manuel Neuer está de rodillas. (AP Foto/Martin Meissner)  (The Associated Press)

  • Germany's Mario Goetze walks in front of a German flag during the friendly soccer match between Germany and Argentina in Duesseldorf, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Germany's Mario Goetze walks in front of a German flag during the friendly soccer match between Germany and Argentina in Duesseldorf, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)  (The Associated Press)

Angel di Maria set up three goals and scored the fourth himself as Argentina trounced Germany 4-2 in their friendly game Wednesday to get a small measure of payback after losing to the host in the World Cup final.

Argentina was up 4-0 after just 50 minutes to dampen the home side's World Cup title celebrations in its first game since winning the final 1-0 in extra time in Brazil in July.

Di Maria set up Sergio Aguero in the 21st minute, Erik Lamela's outstanding volley in the 40th, and Federico Fernandez' headed goal two minutes after the interval.

Di Maria crowned his performance in the 50th with a chip over substitute Germany 'keeper Roman Weidenfeller.

Andre Schuerrle pulled one back two minutes later before Mario Goetze, who scored the winning goal in the World Cup final, made it 4-2 in the 78th.