- End of 2nd Half
- 2nd Half
- Griezmann (P)80'
- 1st Half
- Kroos (P)14'
France - Germany
UEFA Nations League - 16 October 2018
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It's another defeat for Germany! The pressure cranks up on Joachim Low whose side have now lost six of their last 10 games. France were second-best for large parts but still did enough to win the game. Relegation looms large for Die Mannschaft. France have one foot in the finals.
- OffN'Golo KantéFrance
- OnSteven N'ZonziFrance
FRANCE SUB: Steven Nzonzi comes on for Kante as the hosts waste yet more time.
- OffAntoine GriezmannFrance
- OnTanguy N'DombeleFrance
FRANCE SUB: Griezmann leaves the field to a standing ovation - he is replaced by Tanguy N'Dombele.
There will be THREE minutes of stoppage time to be played.
SAVE! Dembele forces Neuer into a smart stop with a snapshot from the edge of the box.
- OffSerge GnabryGermany
- OnThomas MüllerGermany
GERMANY SUB: Thomas Muller, who hasn't scored in 10 matches for either club or country, comes on for Gnabry.
- OffKylian MbappéFrance
- OnOusmane DembéléFrance
FRANCE SUB: Mbappe is replaced by Ousmane Dembele.
Brandt will play on the right wing, with Kehrer moving into centre-back.
- OffMatthias GinterGermany
- OnJulian BrandtGermany
GERMANY SUB: Ginter makes way for Julian Brandt - can he provide a spark for the visitors?
Well, well, well. Have Germany got anything left?
- Goal by penaltyAntoine GriezmannFrance
GOAL! France 2-1 Germany
THE TURNAROUND IS COMPLETE! Griezmann sends Neuer the wrong way with a confident penalty-kick.
PENALTY TO FRANCE!
Matuidi gets to the ball ahead of Hummels only to be brought down inside the box. The referee points to the spot!
Frustration for France as Pogba's venomous shot is deflected behind by Mbappe's back-side!
- OffLeroy SanéGermany
- OnJulian DraxlerGermany
GERMANY SUB: Julian Draxler replaces Sane for the last 15 minutes.
After a really worrying spell for Germany, the visitors are now just sitting in and keeping a hold of possession. Keeping the home supporters quiet.
France are playing the better football now, but they ought to be wary of the Germany counter-attack. Deschamps' defence is playing incredibly high.
The France supporters have found their voices and this game is really set up for an enthralling finale.
France lose the ball in their own area. Kroos feeds it to Gnabry whose strike is terrific but it's too straight and at a comfortable height for Lloris who parries the ball away to safety.
It was Alan Shearer-esque, really. Griezmann isn't known for his heading ability but that was something special.
A fine effort from Griezmann - Neuer was left with no chance. But what a cross from his club team mate Hernandez. Now we have a game on our hands.
- GoalAntoine GriezmannFrance
GOAL! France 1-1 Germany
THE HOSTS ARE LEVEL! It's been coming. Hernandez delivers a cross with lots of pace and Griezmann guides it past Neuer with a bullet header.
France are asking plenty of questions of the German defence now. Mbappe springs forward and forces a corner. Hummels climbs highest to take the delivery away from the head of Kimbpembe for another corner.
The resulting free-kick is wasted as Mbappe floats his cross over the bar.
After being robbed of possession Kehrer commits a foul on Mbappe but somehow escapes a yellow card after kicking out at his club colleague.
Kimmich goes to ground rather dramatically after minimal contact from Matuidi, as Germany look to halt the home side's momentum. France have started the second-half full of energy. Words were clearly said at half-time in the home side's dressing room.
MBAPPE SHOULD SCORE!
The youngster shrugs off the challenge of Sule with raw pace to find himself one-on-one with the German goalkeeper but Neuer is off his line quickly to get a toe to his shot!
Germany spring a counter-attack and Sane is played through on goal. He will, however, be annoyed with himself that he is found in an offside position.
Shots and corners galore as France start the second-half on the front-foot.
- 2nd Half
France get us underway in the second-half and Deschamps will be hoping for a much-improved showing from the hosts.
- End of 1st Half
Joachim Low's side needed a harsh penalty to score, but they have done enough to be leading at the break. The world champions have been sluggish and second-best.
Hernandez accelerates, he just keeps running and running. He floats a low cross to Giroud at the near post but the Chelsea forward can't keep his first-time shot down.
Pogba shoots wide from the resulting free-kick, but the referee orders for the set-piece to be re-taken. And with his second bite of the cherry he blasts it straight into the wall. Kind of sums up his performance, Pogba has been poor.
Kimmich brings down Mbappe and is fortunate not to receive a yellow card.
Much better from France now. Griezmann chips a beautiful ball towards the back post where Mbappe is making a late run, but he can't quite make the connection.
A lovely give-and-go between Mbappe and Giroud. The former floats in an inviting cross searching for Pogba but it's slightly too high for the Man United midfielder.
Ginter is left unmarked to meet a corner delivery but he can't guide it goal-wards.
Kroos brings the ball forward in midfield before spreading it wide to Schulz. Sane is picked out on the edge of the box and his effort is charged down. It takes a deflection and falls kindly into the arms of Lloris.
Another France attack collapses and Mbappe's facial expressions say it all.
- Yellow cardMatthias GinterGermany
Ginter brings down Griezmann and earns himself a yellow card in the process. France are enjoying their best spell of the game as they search for an equaliser.
Griezmann delivers but Germany clear as far as Pavard and his first-time volley is blocked.
Kehrer catches Hernandez on the flank and that is a foul. France free-kick. Mbappe and Griezmann are standing over it.
Griezmann tries to slip a ball into the path of Mbappe, but it's too far ahead of the youngster. And so he throws himself to the ground, after minimal contact from Hummels, looking for a penalty. The referee isn't interested.
Germany force two more corners which the hosts deal with. France look sluggish, especially their midfield and Pogba in particular.
France's defence is creaking! A corner delivery falls kindly for Ginter whose shot from close range is clawed off the line by Lloris!
Sane has few options so he drops his shoulder and forces a corner. It's been a lively start from the Man City forward.
Pogba blasts an effort into the stand from distance. France haven't got started here.
GERMANY SHOULD SCORE AGAIN!
The visitors break from a corner, with Sane released in space. All he needs to do is square the ball to Werner who is in acres of space but the Manchester City forward overcooks his pass, allowing Lloris to race out and clear.
It is maybe the slice of good fortune Germany need. France came from behind in the 2-2 draw with Iceland on Thursday night - can they come from behind once more?
Interestingly, Lloris has not saved a penalty for France since denying Cesc Fabregas in October 2012 - and he hasn't covered himself in glory tonight.
Fingers will be pointed at Pogba who was caught showboating in midfield, lost the ball and moments later Germany had a penalty.
- Goal by penaltyToni KroosGermany
GOAL! France 0-1 Germany
Kroos scores, but only just. It's not the greatest of penalties. Lloris dives the right way and gets a hand to it but can't keep it out.
PENALTY TO GERMANY!
Sane's low cross is blocked by the hand of the sliding Kimpembe - and the referee points to the spot!
End-to-end action here in Paris. France have some defending to do as Gnabry pulls the ball back into the heart of the home side's penalty area but Kante makes a crucial intervention before Lloris clears with a slightly awkward kick.
But Die Mannschaft need to be wary of the threat France can carry on the break, too. Mbappe surges down the channel with electric pace, twisting and turning, before delivering a cross searching for Giroud, but it's slightly behind the veteran forward.
Looks like Germany are playing with a 3-4-2-1 formation this evening. It's a formation which may allow Low's side to hit the hosts on the counter-attack.
Germany form their first attack of the evening, and it is dangerous, too. Varane back-peddles and clears an inviting Sane cross.
SHOT! An over optimistic effort from Griezmann sails well wide. He had Hernandez in space on the overlap. Wrong choice.
Germany haven't scored in their last three competitive matches, for the first time in their history.
In his 12 years as Germany manager, never has Low needed a result more than now.
- 1st Half
Germany get the game underway in Paris.
They aren't just good at football, the people of France know how to sing their anthem, too.
It is time for the national anthems...
The Nations League? Your questions answered.
A win for Les Bleus would give Deschamp's side a four-point cushion at the top of Group A1. And who would bet against them? France are unbeaten in 14 matches - they haven't lost in a competitive fixture since June 2017,
Defeat tonight would not relegate Die Mannschaft, but it would knock Low's side out of the running for the Finals and could possibly spell the ending of the 58-year-old's 12-year reign as manager.
... But how much longer will the 58-year-old keep his job?
Low rings the changes, with no fewer than five new faces brought into the starting XI from the side thrashed by the Netherlands at the weekend. In come Thilo Kehrer, Niklas Sule, Nico Schluz, Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane. Out goes the injured Jerome Boateng, Jonas Hector, Emre Can, Thomas Muller and Mark Uth.
GERMANY TEAM NEWS
Starting XI: Neuer, Kehrer, Ginter, Hummels, Gnabry, Kroos, Werner, Schulz, Sule, Kimmich, Sane.
Determined to take a step closer to the Finals and get his hands on more silverware, Didier Deschamps names a strong side. In fact, there is only one change from the XI which started in the World Cup final against Croatia, Pres Kimpembe replacing the injured Samuel Umtiti. It's the perfect blend of youth and experience.
FRANCE TEAM NEWS
Starting XI: Lloris, Pavard, Kimpembe, Varane, Pogba, Griezmann, Giroud, Mbappe, Kante, Matuidi, Hernandez.
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Under-fire Joachim Low takes his struggling side to the home of the World Cup champions, having won just three of their last 12 matches - no pressure then.
Kick-off is 45 minutes away.