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88'
A. Rüdiger
Yellow Card
86'
C. Tolisso
B. Matuidi
83'
L. Sané
M. Reus
80'
N. Fekir
A. Griezmann
66'
O. Dembélé
O. Giroud
66'
İ. Gündoğan
L. Goretzka
Kick Off
Kick Off
2
1
3
0

Stats

Possession
% %
5
3
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 6 4
Total Passes 649 430

Commentary

The home side continued to improve as the game wore on, and they certainly will have gained confidence from tonight's outing. It was always going to take something special to beat France, though. Les Bleus, unbeaten since March, now go on to face the Netherlands in their next Nations League game.
They may not have won but you feel Germany desperately needed a result like that after a disastrous World Cup campaign. They were arguably the better of the two sides and created a multitude of chances during the second half, but excellent goalkeeping from Areola denied them the opportunity to pick up all three points.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: GERMANY 0-0 FRANCE
90' + 2' Dembele goes close! The youngster attempts an audacious effort from 30 yards out just as the referee is about to blow his whistle for the final time, and it doesn't miss the far post by much as it gives Neuer a slight scare.
90' The fourth official has indicated that there will be two minutes of added time.
89' Germany push plenty of bodies forward, leaving them slightly exposed at the back. France are almost able to take advantage of that but Ginter is there to bring an attempted counter-attack to an end with a smart tackle.
A. Rüdiger
Yellow Card
Germany
88' With 88 minutes on the clock, the first yellow card has finally been shown. It's gone to Rudiger, who charged into Pavard and caught the full-back with a late and clumsy challenge.
C. Tolisso
B. Matuidi
France
86' France have made their third and final change, with Matuidi being replaced by Tolisso.
85' Sane immediately gets involved in the thick of the action and forces Umtiti into poking the ball behind for a corner. The cross is a good one, but France are able to deal with the danger before another ball into the box - this time from Gundogan - fails to find a team-mate.
L. Sané
M. Reus
Germany
83' Reus has made way for Sane, who was controversially left out of the World Cup squad but has been recalled by Joachim Low.
82' Lucas picks up the ball out wide and France are able to win themselves a rare corner. It's curled into the box and towards Pogba, who gets his head on the ball but can't guide it towards goal.
N. Fekir
A. Griezmann
France
80' France have made their second switch, with Fekir coming on to take the place of Griezmann.
79' It's all Germany at the moment, but they just can't seem to find the back of the net. The home side work the ball around quickly as they try to carve out a chance on goal, but they're unable to do so and Kimmich eventually sends a pass out of play.
77' Germany are really ramping up the pressure as they desperately try to take the lead. More good play from them results in two chances on goal, but on both occasions last-ditch blocks deny them.
75' What a save by Areola! It looks certain Ginter is going to head Germany into the lead from the resulting corner, but Areola somehow manages to get a hand to the defender's close-range header to deny him. World class!
74' And now Muller goes close! The Bayern Munich man cuts inside from the left flank and chips a cross-cum-shot towards the top right-hand corner of the net, where Areola pulls off a great save to push the ball over the crossbar.
72' Thumping strike by Hummels! The centre-back embarks on a remarkable run forward before chipping a cross over to Muller. The forward fails to get a decent shot away but the ball returns to Hummels, who then forces Areola into making a great diving save with a rocket of a shot.
71' Werner is finding plenty of joy over on the left wing, where he's causing all sorts of problems for Pavard. Once again he gets the better of the full-back before finding Kroos, but the midfielder fails to shoot quickly enough and is dispossessed.
69' Poor from Mbappe! France immediately counter-attack and present the Paris Saint-Germain forward with a great chance to open the scoring, but he scuffs his shot from the edge of the penalty area and sends it well wide of the goal.
68' Clever play by Germany almost results in a chance on goal for the home side, but Muller can't quite find a team-mate inside the box and instead has his underhit pass cut out by Dembele.
O. Dembélé
O. Giroud
France
66' Meanwhile, Giroud has made way for Dembele for France. It looks as if Griezmann is now going to feature through the middle.
İ. Gündoğan
L. Goretzka
Germany
66' Germany have made their first substitution of the evening, with Gundogan coming on to replace Goretzka.
65' What a stop by Areola! Reus looks certain to fire Germany into the lead after latching onto the ball on the edge of the box, but his first-time strike is pushed round the post by a brilliant diving save from Areola.
64' Thumping strike from Griezmann! Now it's the Atletico Madrid forward's turn to try and find the back of the net from distance, but his thumping effort is parried away by a decent diving save from Neuer.
63' Kimmich does well to carve out some space for himself 30 yards away from goal and decides to try and test Areola, but his long-range strike is overhit and fails to trouble the France goalkeeper.
61' Mbappe skips away from two players in the middle of the pitch before trying to pick out Giroud with a deft throughball, but once again Hummels is there to get a foot on the ball at the vital moment.
59' A cross-field pass is fired into the hosts' box and finds Pavard, who then knocks the ball down for Mbappe. The young forward makes a great run into the penalty area but can only send the ball out of play with a heavy first touch.
57' Kroos' cross causes a few problems for the France defenders, but they're eventually able to clear the danger through Matuidi. Griezmann then tries to counter-attack, but he's quickly fouled and has to settle for a free-kick instead.
56' Werner breaks into the left-hand side of the France penalty area and manages to get the better of Pavard. He then fires a low cross towards the near post, but Areola is there to knock the ball behind for a corner.
54' Varane heads towards the halfway line and fires a lofted pass deep into the Germany half of the pitch. Giroud rises high for it on the edge of the box but loses out to Hummels, who is easily able to guide the ball to Neuer.
52' Griezmann goes incredibly close to setting up Giroud just inside the Germany box after good build-up play from the visitors, but he can't quite pull off the pass and the ball rolls through to Neuer instead.
50' Werner, operating over on the left, makes a good run towards the edge of the penalty area before picking out Muller. The latter then tries to flick the ball over to Reus, but it's poorly executed and can only find a blue shirt.
48' Chance for Griezmann! A quick breakaway from France should be dealt with by Germany, but Kroos falls asleep on the ball and gifts it back to Griezmann. The forward quickly shoots from the edge of the box, but his powerful effort is fired straight at Neuer.
46' We're underway once again!
It took Germany a while to get into the game but the home fans will be relatively pleased with what they've seen so far. They've attacked with more speed and intent than they did during the World Cup, with Werner and Muller getting increasingly involved as the first half wore on.
It remains goalless at the break, but both sides have gone close enough to suggest they'll be able to find the back of the net during the second half. Germany have arguably been the better of the two teams so far but a late flurry from France means it's still all to play for.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: GERMANY 0-0 FRANCE
45' + 2' Huge opportunity for Giroud! Mbappe latches onto the ball on the right-hand side of the Germany penalty area and fires a low cross to Giroud, who pulls off a quick flick but can't quite hit the target from close range.
45' + 1' Rudiger, who has seen plenty of the ball so far, cuts onto his right foot over on the left wing and swings a cross-cum-shot towards goal. It fails to trouble Areola, who easily collects it at the near post.
45' The fourth official has indicated that there will be just one minute of added time.
44' Vital interception! Germany sloppily lose possession and allow France to counter-attack, but Griezmann has the ball stolen from under his nose by Hummels just as he's about to storm into the box.
42' Kroos and Goretzka both stick out their legs and foul Pogba, resulting in a free-kick for France in a very dangerous position. Mbappe steps up and shoots, but his curling effort is comfortably saved by Neuer.
40' Slightly sloppy defending from Germany just outside of their penalty area almost results in a chance on goal for Lucas, but the full-back can't quite muscle his way past his marker and the home side manage to hold on.
38' Goretzka makes a promising charge into the visitors' box before Muller takes over and wins another corner for Germany. Kroos' corner is dangerous once again, but it's just about dealt with by Giroud before it can find Rudiger.
36' Giroud goes close! France have created very little so far but almost take the lead through Giroud. The striker rises high in the middle of the box and latches onto a well-placed cross from Kante, but Neuer is there to parry it away from the bottom right-hand corner of the net.
34' Great chance for Germany! Kroos' cross is an excellent one and picks out Rudiger, who then nods the ball over to Hummels. The centre-back manages to latch onto the loose ball but can't guide it towards goal from six yards out.
33' Lucas catches Muller in the face with a flailing arm, leaving the referee with no choice but to award Germany a free-kick on the halfway line. It's sent short and worked over to Goretzka, who then fires a low cross off Kante and out for a corner.
31' Germany are certainly looking the more threatening of the two teams as they continue to boss possession. Kimmich heads towards the right-hand edge of the penalty area and tries to pick out Muller, but Varane is just about able to cut in front of the forward at the vital moment.
29' Werner is dispossessed by Kante on the edge of the France box and, despite the pleas from the home fans for a free-kick, the visitors quickly counter-attack. They aren't able to make the move count, though, as Giroud's hooked pass towards Griezmann only finds Rudiger.
27' Rudiger is starting to find decent pockets of space deep down the left flank, with the Germany midfielders often managing to pick out the marauding full-back. He sends another cross into the penalty area after picking up possession, but once again it's confidently dealt with by France.
25' Werner and Ginter play a quick one-two out wide before the latter is clattered into by Kante, resulting in a free-kick 30 yards away from goal. Kroos steps up and crosses, but it's Lucas who gets his head on the ball first.
23' More good play by Germany results in another cross being sent into the box, but Rudiger's ball is cut out and can't quite find Werner in front of goal. This is better from the home side, who are attacking with more purpose.
21' Space is left available for Ginter to run into over on the right flank. The defender then chips a curling cross into the heart of the penalty area, but it's sent too near to Areola and is easily caught by the goalkeeper.
19' Chance for Werner! The striker is drifting all over the final third of the pitch, and he's finally able to unleash the first shot of the game. It's a slightly underhit one after he cuts in from the left channel, but Areola still has to pull off a decent save to deal with it.
17' A well-placed cross from Pavard looks as if it's going to find a team-mate, but Kimmich is there to knock the ball behind for a corner. Griezmann then tries to pick out Matuidi, but he can't quite set up the midfielder at the near post.
15' More good play by Lucas over on the left flank sets up the full-back to cross after he comfortably barges past Werner. His ball into the box is a poor one, though, and it sails high over the heads of everyone inside the box.
13' Werner drifts out to the right and picks up the ball in a promising position. He gets the better of Lucas and then fires a low cross into the penalty area, but Kante is there to cut out the danger before it can find a white shirt.
11' Lucas heads down the left wing on France's first decent attack of the night, and he wins his team a free-kick in a dangerous position after being fouled by Boateng. Griezmann's cross into the box is a decent one, but it's easily dealt with by the Germany back line.
9' Muller makes a great run into the right-hand side of the penalty area and latches onto a clever pass, but his first-time volleyed cross is deflected behind for a corner. The set-piece fails to result in a chance on goal, as Lucas is immediately fouled by Ginter.
7' Germany continue to patiently pass the ball around, with France seemingly content to sit deep and soak up the pressure. Boateng eventually tries to pick out Rudiger with a cross-field pass, but it's slightly underhit and can only find Pavard.
5' Germany's first corner of the evening is swung towards the near post, but it's comfortably cleared by France and the visitors quickly push forward on an attack of their own down the right flank.
4' Pavard looks to be in a spot of bother after receiving a stray boot to the side of the neck as he tangled with Rudiger. It seems as if the France full-back is going to be able to continue, though.
3' It's Germany who push forward on the first attack of the night after a lengthy period of possession. Rudiger breaks down the left wing on a marauding run, but he's dispossessed by Pavard before he can send a cross into the box.
1' We're off! It's France who get us underway.
The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
Meanwhile, France head coach Didier Deschamps has made just one alteration to the team that featured in the World Cup final, with debutant Areola taking the place of the injured Hugo Lloris.
Tonight’s Germany side isn’t too dissimilar to the one that started the shock defeat against South Korea, with Boateng, Rudiger, Ginter and Muller coming into the starting line-up to replace Hector, Khedira, Ozil and Sule, with only the latter still in the squad after June’s humiliation.
France substitutes: Benjamin Lecomte, Presnel Kimpembe, Thomas Lemar, Ousmane Dembele, Corentin Tolisso, Steven Nzonzi, Adil Rami, Nabil Fekir, Djibril Sidibe, Florian Thauvin, Benjamin Mendy, Benoit Costil.
France XI (4-2-3-1): Alphonse Areola; Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez; N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba; Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Blaise Matuidi; Olivier Giroud.
Germany substitutes: Jonathan Tah, Thilo Kehrer, Julian Draxler, Julian Brandt, Nico Schulz, Niklas Sule, Leroy Sane, Kai Havertz, Ilkay Gundogan, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Nils Petersen.
Germany XI (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Joshua Kimmich, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Antonio Rudiger; Matthias Ginter, Toni Kroos; Leon Goretzka, Thomas Muller, Marco Reus; Timo Werner.
There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this evening…
Germany scraped a 2-2 draw against their opponents the last time the two sides met back in November, but it’s France who have enjoyed the better record in recent years. On only two occasions since 1996 have Die Mannschaft triumphed against Les Bleus, with the latter coming away with victories in two of the last three meetings.
As for France, they have an opportunity to get one over the team whose crown they claimed just under two months ago. Didier Deschamps’ men were at their pragmatic, streetwise best throughout the World Cup, and they’ll be aiming to continue what has proved to be a thoroughly impressive 2018 with another confident performance against the former world champions.
Today’s game represents a chance for Germany to restart and rebuild after the disastrous defence of their World Cup win, and it’s set to be a real test of their strength. There’s no Mesut Ozil, who stood down from the national team and accused the federation of racism, while the likes of Sami Khedira, Sebastian Rudy and Jonas Hector have also dropped out of the squad that travelled to Russia.
Tonight’s clash brings together the winners of the last two World Cups, but the sides head into what should be a fascinating encounter under dramatically different circumstances. For France, they’re still on a high thanks to their triumph in Russia, while Germany are taking to the field for the first time since their shock group stage exit.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of today’s Nations League game between Germany and France at the Allianz Arena.
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