Nations League: Germany's woes continue as France defeat them 2-1
The troubled times continued for Joachim Low as France handed Germany another defeat last night in their UEFA Nations League A Group 1 match. Toni Kroos opened the account for Germany via a spot-kick, but it was not enough as two second-half goals from Antoine Griezmann decided the fate of Die Mannschaft. The match ended 2-1 in France's favor. Here're key discussion points.
Since the 2018 World Cup, the German national team has been falling from grace and did so again last night despite being quite impressive in the first half of the match. But the spark was missing as they continued wasting chances to score, and their only goal too came from a penalty. Low might even be shown the door after this poor run.
France were the superior side, especially Mbappe, who ran riot among the German defense but missed a couple of chances to score. But a beautiful cross by Lucas Hernandez reached the head of France number 7 who did not make any mistake to equalize. After Matuidi was brought down by Hummels, Griezmann again scored from a penalty, completing the comeback for Les Bleus.
Germany lie at the bottom of the League A Group 1 table with a solitary point, and France lead with seven points from three matches. Netherlands are second with three points. Germany and Netherlands will meet on November 20.
Deschamps was happy, calling victory the best vitamin for a team, and also said that his team were more confident and efficient than Low's. "We were on the same level and we should have scored a second goal in the first half. But the French have a lot of quality and scored two goals from just a handful of chances", said Low.