Germany defeat France for the first time in 26 years

German Football
By German Football February 7, 2013 02:28

Germany defeat France for the first time in 26 years

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Germany registered their first win over France in 26 years with goals from Thomas Müller and Sami Khedira in an entertaining 2-1 win at the Stade de France.

Both second-half goals came from the France left-back Patrice Evra’s side of the defence as Germany fought back after Mathieu Valbuena had opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time.

Valbuena, 5ft 4in, headed home from close range in the 44th minute after Karim Benzema’s free-kick bounced off the bar. But Müller slotted past Hugo Lloris early in the second half and Khedira wrapped it up from Mesut Ozil’s pass with 17 minutes left.

Benzema missed a clear chance in the first half and has not scored for France in his last 10 appearances.

France, trying to bounce back from a poor run that lasted from 2008-12, had drawn 1-1 with Spain in a World Cup qualifier and beaten Italy 1-0 in a friendly in their last two outings but the world’s second-ranked team proved a bridge too far.

Germany were without the midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, the striker Miroslav Klose and a trio of formidable Borussia Dortmund players – Mario Götze, Marco Reus and Marcel Schmelzer. But they still dominated possession on a cold night in Paris.

The win was the first by a German side against France since East Germany’s 1-0 triumph at the Parc des Princes in a Euro 88 qualifier in 1987. That year West Germany also notched up a victory against Les Bleus, wining 2-1 in a friendly in Berlin with goals by Rudi Völler.

Players from the 1982 World Cup semi-final between France and Germany were invited to Wednesday night’s match. Among them was the goalkeeper Harald Schumacher, who was booed by the Stade de France crowd 31 years after a violent challenge on the French defender Patrick Battiston during a 1982 World Cup game that France lost on penalties.

France, who had a goal disallowed for offside two minutes from time in this match, play World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Spain at home in March, while Germany go into back-to-back World Cup qualifying fixtures against Kazakhstan.

German Football
By German Football February 7, 2013 02:28

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