France rally back to down Germany

Posted: 16 October 2018 Time: 08:47 pm

France came from a goal down to edge Germany 2-1 in the UEFA Nations League with a brace from Antoine Griezmann.

Fresh from a heavy defeat against the Dutch, the Germans needed to restore the pride of a disgruntled nation.

Helped by the pace of Kylian Mbappe, the French were making waves on the attack with Antoine Griezmann assisting.

Die Mannschaft were handed a penalty when Leroy Sane’s cross connected with the hand of the last defender, forcing Milodrad Mazic to point to the spot.

Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos stepped forward and made no mistake, sending the effort in the bottom corner despite Hugo Lloris outstretched hand on 14 minutes.

Germany made all the trouble, subsequently, Sane with his pace down the right nearly finding Timo Werner at the far post, but the outstretched hand from Lloris prevented the forward from scoring.

From a corner, Kroos was denied his second with another split-second reaction save from Lloris at the midway stage.

The half finished with the French pressurising and asking all the questions to get a way back, but weren’t able to get the necessary answers.

In the second half, Mbappe’s pace came to the fore again when he ran at a through ball, needing Manuel Neuer to hurry off his line to narrow his angle and prevent him from scoring.

The World Champions finally pulled the rabbit out of the bag when Griezmann connected well with Lucas Hernandez' cross from the left for a looping header in the bottom corner on 61 minutes.

The contest was now well and truly open on all ends of the hoods. The travelling side nearly went back in front with Serge Gnabry’s powerful drive from the edge of the box.

Les Blues earned a penalty after Blaise Matuidi was fouled inside the box by Mats Hummels. Griezmann sent Neuer the wrong way on 79 minutes, finding the back of the net.

The Germans were starring another defeat, record sixth in a calendar year. The French were showing no mercy as Ousmane Dembele came close to adding following a snap shot.

The four-time World champions pushed for a way back late on, but the French held on to compound the pressure on Joachim Low.

Other results:

Ukraine 1-0 Czech Republic
Republic of Ireland 0-1 Wales

Article by: Staff Reporter

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