UEFA Nations League - Group A1
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Nations League: Antoine Griezmann scores twice as France beat Germany 2-1

Antoine Griezmann scores from the penalty spot
Griezmann's goals ensured France remain unbeaten in the Nations League

Antoine Griezmann scored twice as France came from behind to claim a second Nations League victory and continue Germany's abysmal run in 2018.

The visitors were eyeing just their second competitive win of the year when Toni Kroos scored from the penalty spot after Presnel Kimpembe had handled.

But Griezmann levelled for the world champions with a superb looping header from Lucas Hernandez's cross.

He then scored the winner from the spot after a foul on Blaise Matuidi.

Didier Deschamps' side remain unbeaten in the Nations League and top Group A1 with seven points from their three games. They are now unbeaten in 14 fixtures, including the seven that culminated in them lifting the World Cup in Russia this summer.

In contrast, Germany are in a rut unlike any they have previously experienced.

The result in Paris means they have now suffered six defeats in a calendar year for the first time and, following Saturday's 3-0 humbling reversal in the Netherlands, have lost two consecutive competitive matches for the first time since 2000.

It is sure to further increase the pressure on boss Joachim Low, who oversaw their group-stage exit at the World Cup and now faces the very real possibility of his country being relegated to League B of the Nations League.

They are bottom of the group with just one point, having played a game more than the Netherlands.

Low's side were actually the better in Paris in the first half on Tuesday. Utilising the speed of the recalled Leroy Sane, they counter-attacked superbly and deservedly led when Kimpembe blocked the Manchester City winger's cross with his hand and Kroos converted the resulting penalty.

But for Hugo Lloris the lead would have been bigger at the break, with the Tottenham keeper showing awareness and speed to dive in and palm the ball away from the feet of Timo Werner in the box and then keep out Matthias Ginter's low drive.

But Low's side could not maintain their efforts, allowing France, and Griezmann in particular, to demonstrate the resilience and world-class attacking ability that served them so well in Russia.

Line-ups

France

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Pavard
  • 4Varane
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 21Hernández
  • 13KantéSubstituted forNzonziat 90+4'minutes
  • 6Pogba
  • 10MbappéSubstituted forDembéléat 86'minutes
  • 7GriezmannSubstituted forNDombeleat 90+1'minutes
  • 14Matuidi
  • 9Giroud

Substitutes

  • 5Sakho
  • 8Lemar
  • 11Dembélé
  • 12Digne
  • 15Nzonzi
  • 16Mandanda
  • 17NDombele
  • 18Payet
  • 19Sidibe
  • 22Zouma
  • 23Areola

Germany

  • 1Neuer
  • 4GinterBooked at 29minsSubstituted forBrandtat 83'minutes
  • 15Süle
  • 5Hummels
  • 2Kehrer
  • 18Kimmich
  • 8Kroos
  • 14Schulz
  • 9Werner
  • 19SanéSubstituted forDraxlerat 75'minutes
  • 6GnabrySubstituted forMüllerat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Hector
  • 7Draxler
  • 10Brandt
  • 11Can
  • 12Leno
  • 13Müller
  • 20Tah
  • 21Rudy
  • 22ter Stegen
  • 23Uth
Referee:
Milorad Mazic
Attendance:
77,300

Match Stats

Home TeamFranceAway TeamGermany
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, France 2, Germany 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, France 2, Germany 1.

Toni Kroos (Germany) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Paul Pogba (France).

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Benjamin Pavard.

Attempt blocked. Mats Hummels (Germany) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, France. Steven Nzonzi replaces N'Golo Kanté.

Julian Brandt (Germany) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by N'Golo Kanté (France).

Substitution

Substitution, France. Tanguy NDombele replaces Antoine Griezmann.

Attempt missed. Thomas Müller (Germany) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Paul Pogba.

Attempt saved. Ousmane Dembélé (France) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Germany. Thomas Müller replaces Serge Gnabry.

Corner, France. Conceded by Niklas Süle.

Substitution

Substitution, France. Ousmane Dembélé replaces Kylian Mbappé.

Toni Kroos (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Blaise Matuidi (France).

Substitution

Substitution, Germany. Julian Brandt replaces Matthias Ginter.

Goal!

Goal! France 2, Germany 1. Antoine Griezmann (France) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Mats Hummels (Germany) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty France. Blaise Matuidi draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Paul Pogba (France) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Germany. Julian Draxler replaces Leroy Sané.

Attempt blocked. Timo Werner (Germany) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

Toni Kroos (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Olivier Giroud (France).

Attempt saved. Serge Gnabry (Germany) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

Attempt missed. Antoine Griezmann (France) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Foul by Mats Hummels (Germany).

Antoine Griezmann (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! France 1, Germany 1. Antoine Griezmann (France) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Lucas Hernández with a cross.

Corner, France. Conceded by Mats Hummels.

Corner, France. Conceded by Nico Schulz.

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Presnel Kimpembe.

Attempt blocked. Serge Gnabry (Germany) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thilo Kehrer.

Leroy Sané (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Benjamin Pavard (France).

Foul by Thilo Kehrer (Germany).

Kylian Mbappé (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France32104227
2Netherlands21014223
3Germany301215-41

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium22005146
2Switzerland32019366
3Iceland3003111-100

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portugal22004226
2Italy31112204
3Poland301235-21

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain320110466
2England31114404
3Croatia201106-61

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ukraine33004139
2Czech Rep310234-13
3Slovakia200213-20

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Russia32104137
2Turkey310246-23
3Sweden201123-11

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bos-Herze33005149
2Austria21011103
3Northern Ireland300315-40

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wales32015326
2Denmark21102024
3R. of Ireland301215-41

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Israel32014226
2Scotland21013213
3Albania310214-33

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Finland440050512
2Greece420234-16
3Hungary411256-14
4Estonia401336-31

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norway43014139
2Bulgaria43015329
3Cyprus411246-24
4Slovenia401336-31

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Serbia42205238
2Montenegro42116337
3Romania41304316
4Lithuania400429-70

M

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Georgia440090912
2Kazakhstan41216425
3Latvia402215-42
4Andorra402218-72

N

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luxembourg430110199
2Belarus42206068
3Moldova412124-25
4San Marino4004013-130

O

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Kosovo42206248
2Azerbaijan41305236
3Faroe Islands411247-34
4Malta402248-42

P

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Macedonia43018539
2Gibraltar420235-26
3Armenia42026426
4Liechtenstein410358-33
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