Germany held by France in Nations League
Posted: 6 September 2018 Time: 09:33 pm
Germany were held to a 0-0 draw by reigning World champions France in their opening UEFA Nations League clash on Thursday night at the Allianz Arena.
Die Mannschaft started well by building neatly from the back but France were compact at the back not allowing any penetration.
Timo Werner had the first crack at goal for Germany in the 17th minute with a strike fromthe edge of the box but France goalkeeper Alphonse Areola got under the shot at the near post.
Mats Hummels had a good opportunity to break the deadlock for Joachim Löw’s charges in the 34th minute with a free header at the back post, but he could not find the target.
The reigning world champions were looking to catch the home side on counter-attacks using the pace of Kylian Mbappe upfront but Germany were clever with their line at back constantly playing an off-side trap.
Mbappe had a chance to find the breakthrough for Didier Deschamps’ troops three minutes before the break with a free-kick from just outside the box but Die Mannschaft shot-stopper Manuel Neuer was on top of his game to make the save at the top of the near post.
Olivier Giroud almost broke the deadlock for France on the stroke of halftime with a cheeky back-heel at the near post but his effort sailed slightly wide as the first stanza ended goalless.
Antoine Griezmann almost got the breakthrough for Les Bleus four minutes after the break with a clean strike inside the box into the near post but Neuer made a good save to deny the forward.
Löw’s men increased their intensity 20 minutes before time, threatening to find the breakthrough as the contest was opening up.
Werner almost got the elusive breakthrough a quarter of an hour before time with a glancing header inside the box but Areola kept his team in the game with a brilliant save.
In the end, neither nation could force a winning goal as they settled for a point a piece.