Germany Draw 2-2 Against France with Late Equaliser from Lars Stindl

Angelo Anderson
November 15, 2017

Didier Deschamps felt Tuesday's 2-2 draw with Germany proved France are progressing well going into a World Cup year.

A first worldwide double by Alexandre Lacazette put France on the verge of a deserved victory in a clash of two of the favourites for next year's World Cup.

Mario Gotze was delighted to be back in worldwide action as he made a telling contribution in Germany's 2-2 draw with France on Tuesday.

On that night, three suicide bombers set off devices at the Stade de France during a France v Germany friendly and the shocked visiting players had to spend the night at the stadium during a security crackdown.

Paris Saint-Germain second-choice goalkeeper Kevin Trapp replaced Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Deschamps used the friendly to give the likes of Lacazette, Anthony Martial and Adrien Rabiot the chance to shine, and after their impressive displays he admits picking a final squad for Russian Federation 2018 will be hard.

But the hosts struggled under early French pressure, with the speedy Kylian Mbappe and Blaise Matuidi a constant threat.

The burly Chelsea centre-back had a golden chance on 52 minutes, but he fired Julian Draxler's cross wide.

Mesut Ozil was the creator as Germany grabbed an equaliser through Timo Werner 11 minutes into the second half, but France once again established a lead as Lacazette slotted home after 71 minutes.

Nearly immediately Martial thought he had restored France's lead, but Trapp got down brilliantly to push away his dipping strike.

Pleasingly for Loew, Mario Goetze, who hit the victor in the 2014 World Cup final, came on for his first worldwide appearance since last November, after illness and injury, to set up the equaliser.

The game got off a to a quiet start with the first chance arriving in the 19th minute when Lacazette forced Kelvin Trapp into a fine save.

Lacazette made way for Griezmann for the final quarter of an hour as the French national anthem - La Marseillaise - echoed around the Cologne stadium as Stindl came on.

The change paid off for Joachim Low, as Stindl was gifted time and space to pick his spot and he showed good composure to fire past Mandanda from close range to secure a draw for the hosts, 2-2.

Having rescued Germany's unbeaten run with the equaliser, Stindl said the result capped a good year for Germany, who qualified for next year's World Cup with a flawless 10 wins from 10 qualifiers. "In the second half we played great and then we conceded the 1-2".

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