An own goal by defender Mats Hummels gave France a 1-0 victory over Germany at the Allianz Arena. Hummels was recalled by Joachim Low for Euro 2020 after being axed two years ago. He turned in a Lucas Hernandez cross past a helpless Manuel Neuer in the German net.
The match certainly lived up to the hype with both sides playing some good football in the first half. Serge Gnabry came the closest for the Germans when his volley from a Robin Gosens cross looped over the crossbar. Karim Benzema also hit the post when he was put through by Adrien Rabiot.
France also had two goals ruled out for offside against Germany. Kylian Mbappe’s brilliant curling finish was ruled out after he was adjudged to be offside. Benzema also had a goal chalked off after he strayed offside.
France: Lloris (7), Pavard (7), Kimpembe (7), Varane (8), Hernandez (7), Pogba (8), Griezmann (7), Kante (8), Rabiot (7), Mbappe (8), Benzema (7).
Subs: Tolisso (n/a), Dembele (n/a).
Germany: Neuer (6), Rudiger (6), Ginter (6), Hummels (5), Kimmich (5), Kroos (7), Gosens (7), Gundogan (6), Havertz (6), Gnabry (6), Muller (6).
Subs: Werner (6), Sane (6), Can (n/a), Volland (n/a).
Man of the Match: Paul Pogba
France manager Didier Deschamps: “We played a great game against a very good opponent. I knew my players would be ready and we were up for the fight.” Deschamps said. “We weren’t far away from scoring the second goal that would have made us safe, but we didn’t suffer that much in the second half. It was a strong match with quality and talent.”
Germany’s Joachim Lowe: “It was a really intense match and we fought until the very end. I cannot blame my team for not trying – they gave everything they had.” Lowe said. “There were spells of the match when we were able to increase the pressure on them, but we didn’t create any clear-cut chances.”