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Germany Beat France in International Friendly Match

Germany Beat France in International Friendly Match

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France arrived at the Westfalenstadion to face a struggling Germany team. After a 4-1 loss to Japan, Germany replaced their coach Hansi Flick with Rudi Voller, who had previously managed the team from 2000 to 2004, including a World Cup Final appearance in 2002. However, Voller left after Germany’s disappointing exit in the Euro 2004 group stage.

Despite already securing a spot in Euro 2024 as the host nation, these matches against strong opponents were important for a Germany team that hadn’t won since March 25 when they defeated Peru. In their five subsequent games, they drew with Ukraine but lost to Japan, Colombia, Belgium, and Poland. This led to criticism and skepticism as they faced France in this friendly match.

Germany silenced their critics in the early stages of the match against France. They launched a strong attack down the left side, resulting in a cross that found its way to Thomas Muller. Muller, the experienced leader of the German team, struck the ball powerfully into Mike Maignan’s goal. In the following minutes, Germany had most of the scoring opportunities. Serge Gnabry narrowly missed the target with a powerful shot, and Muller had another chance, but Germany’s lead remained at just one goal.

“We did what we had to, we worked hard and we were rewarded for it. We should not read too much into this win but for us it was a small emotional release,” said Muller.


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In the 25th minute, Barcelona midfielder Ilkay Gundogan had to leave the game due to an injury. This created a gap in the German defense, and the game’s dynamics shifted rapidly. France took control during the latter part of the first half, with Aurélien Tchouaméni and Randal Kolo Muani creating several scoring opportunities. However, German goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen wasn’t truly challenged with his best saves. Nevertheless, the game was primarily played in the direction of the German goalkeeper’s goal.

France maintained their momentum in the early stages of the second half. Tchouaméni took another shot at ter Stegen’s goal, but the Barcelona goalkeeper made a good save, pushing the ball wide. Kolo Muani was the first to reach the rebound, but unfortunately, the PSG forward slipped on the wet field, and the opportunity slipped away.

Ter Stegen once again came up with a crucial save in the 84th minute. Antoine Griezmann unleashed a powerful left-footed shot towards the German goal. The goalkeeper leaped in the air to deflect it over the crossbar, preserving his clean sheet. The 10 players in front of him rewarded him with an additional goal shortly afterward.

In the 87th minute, Jean-Clair Todibo carelessly lost possession of the ball in the midfield. Kai Havertz seized the opportunity and advanced with the ball. He passed it through to Leroy Sané, who skillfully placed it past Maignan into the net.

However, Sané’s fortunes quickly changed as he fouled Eduardo Camavinga in the penalty box just two minutes later, giving away a penalty. Griezmann converted the penalty by placing it well to Ter Stegen’s left, breaking his shutout. Nevertheless, Sané’s late goal proved enough to secure the victory for Germany.


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