The reigning World Champion and his predecessor played a thrilling game after the change of sides. At the end they shared the points.
Munich – Football world champions France and Germany shared the points at the start of the Nations League. The eagerly awaited hit in Munich’s Allianz Arena ended with a goalless draw. The 67,485 spectators saw a gripping game after a poor first half after the change of sides, in which the two goalkeepers could set themselves several times in scene.
For the French, it was the 25-year-old Alphonse Areola, who made a brilliant debut in the “L’Eqipe Tricolore“. The PSG goalkeeper replaced the injured regular keeper Hugo Lloris. Otherwise, team boss Didier Deschamps did not make any personnel changes in comparison to the 4:2 victory against Croatia in the World Cup final in Russia on 15 July. Germany’s national coach Joachim Löw bet on eleven World Cup participants in the starting line-up in the first game after the disgrace at the World Cup, where the group phase had already ended.
Alphonse Areola Honours
- Ligue 1: 2012–13, 2017–18
- Coupe de France: 2016–17, 2017–18
- Coupe de la Ligue: 2016–17, 2017–18
- Trophée des Champions: 2016, 2017
- FIFA U-20 World Cup: 2013
- FIFA World Cup: 2018
- UEFA European Under-19 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2012
- Ligue 2 Goalkeeper of the Year: 2014
- Ligue 2 Team of the Season: 2014
- Eurosport Revelation of the Year: 2014
- UEFA Champions League Breakthrough XI: 2016
The Germans, world champions of 2014, were particularly concerned with safety before the break, at the front line they lacked any penetrating power. A half-chance from Mats Hummels, who put a header over it (35th), was only worth mentioning. On the defensive, however, the Löw squad were quite good, which is why the French also had trouble putting themselves in the spotlight in the decisive zone. DFB goalie Manuel Neuer only had to show his class in a Giroud header (36th). It was Giroud who found the second possibility for the guest in half one, but his heel was not the end of the goal (45.+1).
Right after the restart Antoine Griezmann could appear for the first time, but when he finished from inside the penalty area, Neuer was on the post (49th). The characteristics of the game changed significantly, both teams were looking for the decision, and the Germans presented themselves much more courageous and offensive than before. Goalie Areola, who came to his team premiere due to the injuries of Lloris and Steve Mandanda, was not surprised by a Werner input (57th). The goalkeepers were more in focus.
Neuer was able to defuse a Griezmann finish, Areola could fish a Reus shot from the Kreuzeck (64th in each case). It was the start of an urge phase of the Germans, who really picked up speed and presented “Les Bleus” with big problems. But Areola parried shots from Hummels (72.) and Thomas Müller (75.) as well as a Ginter header (75.). The 25-year-old captured the point that he couldn’t have imagined a better premiere. France is now undefeated against Germany for five games away from home.
Game two in group 1 of the A-League will take place on Sunday, when the French will have the Netherlands as a guest in St. Denis. Germany’s next appearance at the new European competition is on 13 October in Amsterdam. The group winner qualifies for the four-nation final tournament next June, the last one relegates to the B-League. To know more about Tip Top Bingo, check them here!