Following a poor run and the dismissal of coach Hansi Flick on Sunday, Germany defeated France 2-1 in their international friendly on Tuesday to stop a three-game losing streak and reclaim some confidence.
Leroy Sane and Thomas Muller scored goals at the game’s beginning and conclusion, respectively, giving Germany its first victory in six games and capping a tumultuous few days for the four-time world champions.
With captain and star scorer Kylian Mbappe sitting on the bench, the 2022 World Cup runners-up France did not field their best team, but Germany’s overall performance was vastly improved from Saturday’s 4-1 home loss to Japan that resulted in Flick’s dismissal.
The Germans, who were led by Rudi Voller, the game’s sports director, pressed hard right away.
After a beautiful 13-pass move in the fourth minute, veteran Muller rifled home from inside the box to give them their just desserts.
Marc Andre ter Stegen made a wonderful save on Tchouameni’s low drive in the 57th minute, and he also stopped Antoine Griezmann from scoring in the 82nd minute by deflecting his attempt over the crossbar.
Sane then finished off a fast move to score in the 87th minute before tripping Marcus Thuram and giving away a penalty two minutes later. Griezmann converted the penalty to make the score closer for the visitors.