MUNICH – Mats Hummels’ own goal in the 20th minute gave France a 1-0 win over Germany, with both teams coming to the fore with a superb tactical and physical display superior to the French.
Hummels hit his own goal as Lucas Hernandez tried to deflect the cross from the left side of the area looking for Gillian Pope.
However, much damage was done to German defenses before Lucas Hernandez was released into the area with a diagonal pass from Paul Pogba.
The play was modeled on the basic attacking recipe of the current world champion France, with changes before looking for empty spaces, leaving the German line of defense five, which began to hold the ball well enough to get home with many difficulties.
France, on the other hand, began to come with a certain risk when it took the initiative. There were two dangerous situations before the goal, a header from Pokmon after a corner kick on the 15th and a shot from Mbappé on the 17th, which Manuel Neuer had to divert to a corner.
Germany tried to get there, but France closed the center well, with no clear approaches in the first half other than a header from Thomas Mல்லller on the 23rd. The opposite goal greatly affected the attitude of Joachim Lowe’s team, who initially wanted to raise the issue from possession and avoid rushing after reaching the goal.
Germany had good grids in the second half. A great opportunity and moments of pressure at the feet of Serge Knabry at 54. However, the French closed the seats well and began to have places to look for counter-attack.
Two goals, one for Mbappé and the other for Karim Benzema, were canceled for offside. A shot from Robbie hit the post. On another occasion Hummels saved Mbappé at the last minute when he fell to the militants.
Not only did France resist, they were close in expanding their advantage against a German team that never gave up, but found no holes to avoid a defeat that would significantly complicate their lives, and Didier Deschamps relaunches the project seriously and attractively.