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Germany Tops France in Post-Flick Era Debut
- Updated: September 13, 2023
Germany Tops France in Post-Flick Era Debut.
In a recent match, Germany secured a 2-1 victory over France, marking the start of their post-Hansi Flick era. Thomas Müller and Leroy Sane were the standout performers, contributing with goals.
Germany wasted no time in asserting themselves, eager to bounce back from a recent 4-1 loss to Japan. Only four minutes into the game, Benjamin Henrichs made a run down the left flank, delivering a precise pass to an unmarked Thomas Müller, who slotted the ball into the net from close range to give Germany a 1-0 lead. Serge Gnabry came close to doubling the lead shortly after, but his shot narrowly missed the target.
Throughout the first half, Germany maintained control of the game, limiting France’s offensive opportunities while not seriously threatening to score again.
After halftime, Germany continued to press forward, though France emerged with greater determination. Aurelien Tchouameni and Antoine Griezmann had attempts from distance, and Florian Wirtz had a clear chance to score, only to be denied by a defender.
Germany eventually secured their victory in the closing stages when Kai Havertz provided the assist for Leroy Sane, who calmly slotted the ball past the French goalkeeper, Mike Maignan. However, Sane was also involved in a penalty incident at the other end of the pitch, fouling Eduardo Camavinga, allowing Antoine Griezmann to convert from the spot for a late consolation goal.
Key match stats include:
- Thomas Müller is the most experienced international player in the Germany squad, boasting 123 caps and nine goals against France.
- Lothar Matthäus, Miroslav Klose, and Lukas Podolski have more caps for Germany than Müller.
- Hansi Flick’s tenure as Germany’s head coach saw a record-setting start with eight consecutive wins, but his performance waned with only three wins in his final 12 matches.
- Prior to this victory, Germany had failed to beat France in six consecutive encounters since their 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-final win.
- No German player has scored more goals against France than interim coach Völler (three, same as Gerd Müller).
- Eight members of the current France squad have played in the Bundesliga during their club careers.
Germany’s win over France marked a promising start to their new era, offering hope for their future performances.
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By- Sahiba Suri