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Euro 2020 Report: France 1 - 0 Germany

Wed, Jun 16 2021

Paul Pogba of France is challenged by Serge Gnabry of Germany during their UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group F game Credit: Sebastian Widmann - UEFA/Getty Images

An early own-goal helped France to victory in Munich in the group of death as the World Champions started their European Championship campagian with a win over Germany.

Germany were seldom able to test the backline of the French though. It is a damaging loss on the back of a disappointing World Cup showing. More questions will be laid at the feet of the departing Joachim Low.  

France went with the attacking trio of Antoine Greizmann, the returning Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe in a powerful looking line-up. The redemption of Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller continued as they were named in an experienced starting XI. Not so long ago, they were in the international wilderness.      

It was a generally cagey opening period as both midfields buzzed around each other to deny any possible attacking platform being built up. Hummels rose to meet a floated free-kick from Toni Kroos. He was only able to put it over the bar though. An early booking for Joshua Kimmich was more of a reflection of the sharp tackling going on during this spell. 

Slowly, France began to gain a foothold on the game. Pogba should have done better on a corner as he got above Antonio Rudiger, but only manged to meet the ball with his shoulder and send it over the top. Mbappe then forced Neuer into a sharp save with a low drive from just inside the area. 

It was the PSG man who was at the heart of France going ahead. Pogba played a precise ball to the oncoming Lucas Hernandez out wide. He delivered a low cross into the area towards Mbappe. Hummels could not sort out his feet in the middle and was only able to bundle the ball into his own net. 

Germany desperately tried to respond. Muller had a header that was comfortably held by Lloris and Kroos was unable to produce the goods with two free-kicks in decent positions. The best opportunity fell to Ilkay Gundogan who was found by Serge Gnabry on the left.

The pressure by Pogba ensured that the resulting effort went over. Kimmich was lucky to escape further censure as he seemed to catch Hernandez with a stray boot.  

Germany did not have the instant impact they would have wished in the second-half. They still found the going tough in the middle of the park as Pogba and N’Golo Kante ruled the roost.

France could have gone further in front as Adrien Rabiot was found advancing to the left of the penalty area. The retreating Kimmich did enough to distract him into only managing to hit the outside of the post. 

Gradually, the home side built up a head of steam. Gnabry should have got the equaliser from a floated cross to the back-post. He was only able to hit his shot into the ground and over the bar, however.

Moments later, Lloris was brave enough to come out quickly and claim the ball before the same player could reach it. Pavard took a knock for his bravery in challenging Robin Gosens as the ball was in the air. 

Mbappe looked to have made it two as he was found to the left of the area. He twisted and turned his opponent looking to cut inside. He looked to have been held up but managed to find enough room to squeeze a gorgeous effort into the bottom corner. He was flagged offside though.

Not long after, it seemed he had escaped his marker to race clear on goal. Mats Hummels was just about able to stick out a foot to knock the ball away from him. 

France had another goal disallowed as the game reached the final quarter. Pogba slid a pass through to Mbappe, who picked out Benzema to tap home. The celebrations were short-lived as both were shown to be offside. 

Germany were struggling to make any headway. Sub Leroy Sane wasted a chance from a free-kick as Joachim Low tried in vain to shake things up. Rudiger also failed to test Lloris with a header late on. The French seemed content to play within themselves knowing their strength at the back. Raphael Varane and Presnel Kimpembe both proving to be an unscalable wall.  

They were able to see the game out in relative ease in the end. A good start in a challenging group. They next play Hungary in Budapest on Saturday. Germany must get back on track against the reigning champions Portugal in Munich that evening.  

France: Hugo Lloris (c); Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Hernández, Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane; N'Golo Kanté, Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot (Ousmane Dembele 90); Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzema (Corentin Tolisso 88), Kylian Mbappé.
Subs not used: Jules Koundé, Olivier Giroud, Lucas Digne, Kingsley Coman, Wissam Ben Yedder, Thomas Lemar, Clément Lenglet, Mike Maignan, Steve Mandanda, Kurt Zouma.
Booked: None

Germany: Manuel Neuer (c); Mats Hummels, Matthias Ginter (Emre Can 87), Antonio Rudiger; Joshua Kimmich, Kai Havertz (Leroy Sané 73), Ilkay Gundogan, Robin Gosens (Kevin Volland 87), Toni Kroos; Serge Gnabry (Timo Werner 73), Thomas Muller.
Subs not used: Robin Koch, Lukas Klostermann, Marcel Halstenberg, Christian Gunter, Bernd Leno, Florian Neuhaus, Niklas Sule, Kevin Trapp.
Booked: Joshua Kimmich (6) .

Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (Spain)
Attendance: 13,000
extratime.com Player of the Match: Presnel Kimpembe (France)

 


France
DJune 19, 2021
Hungary 1 - 1 France
DJune 23, 2021
Portugal 2 - 2 France
DJune 28, 2021
France 3 - 3 Swiss
DSept. 1, 2021
France 1 - 1 Bosnia&Herz
DSept. 4, 2021
Ukraine 1 - 1 France
© Hugo Lloris 1
Goalkeeper
Presnel Kimpembe 3
Defender
Lucas Hernández 21
Defender
Benjamin Pavard 2
Defender
Raphael Varane 4
Defender
N'Golo Kanté 13
Midfielder
Paul Pogba 6
Midfielder
Adrien Rabiot 14
90'
90Subbed Off: Ousmane Dembele 90'
Midfielder
Antoine Griezmann 7
Forward
Karim Benzema 19
88'
88Subbed Off: Corentin Tolisso 88'
Forward
Kylian Mbappé 10
Forward

Substitutes
Jules Koundé 25
Defender
Olivier Giroud 9
Forward
Lucas Digne 18
Defender
Ousmane Dembele 11
90'
90Subbed On: Adrien Rabiot 90'
Midfield
Kingsley Coman 20
Forward
Wissam Ben Yedder 22
Midfield
Thomas Lemar 8
Midfield
Clément Lenglet 5
Defender
Mike Maignan 23
Goalkeeper
Steve Mandanda 16
Goalkeeper
Corentin Tolisso 12
88'
88Subbed On: Karim Benzema 88'
Midfield
Kurt Zouma 15
Defender
Germany
LNov. 17, 2020
Spain 6 - 0 Germany
LJune 15, 2021
France 1 - 0 Germany
WJune 19, 2021
Portugal 2 - 4 Germany
DJune 23, 2021
Germany 2 - 2 Hungary
LJune 29, 2021
England 2 - 0 Germany
1 Manuel Neuer ©
Goalkeeper
5 Mats Hummels
Defender
OG: 19'
4 Matthias Ginter
Defender 87'
87Subbed Off: Emre Can 87'
2 Antonio Rudiger
Defender
6 Joshua Kimmich
Midfielder
Booked: 6'
7 Kai Havertz
Midfielder 73'
73Subbed Off: Leroy Sané 73'
21 Ilkay Gundogan
Midfielder
20 Robin Gosens
Midfielder 87'
87Subbed Off: Kevin Volland 87'
8 Toni Kroos
Midfielder
10 Serge Gnabry
Forward 73'
73Subbed Off: Timo Werner 73'
25 Thomas Muller
Forward

Substitutes
24 Robin Koch
Defender
16 Lukas Klostermann
Defender
3 Marcel Halstenberg
Defender
26 Christian Gunter
Defender
23 Emre Can
Defender 87'
87Subbed On: Matthias Ginter 87'
12 Bernd Leno
Goalkeeper
17 Florian Neuhaus
Midfield
19 Leroy Sané
Forward 73'
73Subbed On: Kai Havertz 73'
15 Niklas Sule
Defender
22 Kevin Trapp
Goalkeeper
9 Kevin Volland
Forward 87'
87Subbed On: Robin Gosens 87'
11 Timo Werner
Forward 73'
73Subbed On: Serge Gnabry 73'

MATCH INFO

Competition: Euro 2020 Group F

Date: 8 p.m. June 15, 2021

Venue: Fussball Arena Munchen, Munich

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown

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