Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Griezmann brace helps France to comeback win over struggling Germany

Griezmann brace helps France to comeback win over struggling Germany

Germany took the lead in the 14th minute through a controversial Toni Kroos penalty.

Lloris lifted the World Cup in the summer for France and is considered one of the best goalkeepers in football right now.

Sane scuffed wide from a Nico Schulz cut-back, but France levelled on 62 minutes as Griezmann rose magnificently to head a driven Lucas Hernandez cross beyond a helpless Neuer.

Toni Kroos struck a 14th-minute penalty for Germany, but Griezmann engineered a rousing fightback in the first game between the nations at the Stade de France since the November 2015 friendly that was overshadowed by a series of terror attacks on the French capital.

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Griezman clinically slotted the spot kick in the 80th minute but the Germans were not impressed as Mats Hummels was penalised, even though Blaise Matuidi seemed to be the guilty party.

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However, Loew insisted he was "very pleased" with the performance as Germany were much improved compared to the team that lost 3-0 against the Netherlands in Amsterdam. "I've watched it back on the replay". It was Matuidi who stepped on his foot and slipped, so this penalty was totally unfair.

Gnabry, making first Germany appearance since Nov 2016, intercepted a risky Kimpembe pass and saw a rasping 25-yard strike fisted away by Lloris.

Germany's Manuel Neuer dives as Antoine Griezmann (not pictured) scores France's first goal.

Griezmann admitted Germany's revamped set-up had knocked France off track initially, but he said a series of "calm" exchanges at half-time allowed them to regain their rhythm. "I think we were disrupted by them playing three at the back, so we had to calmly speak a bit in the dressing and change two or three things tactically", Griezmann told French television.

It was a sixth defeat in the past 10 games for Löw's team, who crashed out at the group stage of the World Cup and remain bottom of Nations League Group A1 with one point from three matches.

"We weren't ourselves, either in the one-on-ones or in terms of the efforts we made for each other".

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