Four-time world champions Germany are on the verge of suffering relegation from League A1 in the UEFA Nations League after they were beaten by France in their meeting at Stade de France on Tuesday night.
The reigning world champions had to do it the hard way after they came from a goal down to beat their visitors 2-1 buoyed by two second half goals from Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.
The Germans took a 14th minute lead from the spot after Paris Saint Germain (PSG) was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area.
Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos dispatched the penalty to give Germany the lead.
Joachim Low’s players thereafter wasted several opportunities to double their lead in the first half and they paid dearly for it after the halftime interval.
Griezmann guided Lucas Hernandez’ cross into the back of the net via a header on 62 minutes before converting an 80th minute penalty after Blaise Matuidi was fouled by Bayern Munich centre back Mats Hummels.
France held on for the victory afterwards to record their second win in three games.
France (seven points) have now extended their lead to four points in League A1 ahead of the Netherlands (three points) and Germany (one point).
France: Hugo Lloris 6; Benjamin Pavard 6, Raphael Varane 6.5, Presnel Kimpembe 5.5, Lucas Hernandez 7; N’Golo Kante 6.5 (Steven Nzonzi 90), Paul Pogba 6; Kylian Mbappe 6.5 (Ousmane Dembele 86), Antoine Griezmann 8.5 (Tanguy Ndombele 90), Blaise Matuidi 7.5; Olivier Giroud 6.
Manuel Neuer 7; Mathias Ginter 6 (Julian Brandt 83), Niklas Sule 7.5, Mats Hummels 6.5, Nico Schulz 6.5; Theo Kehrer 6, Joshua Kimmich 7, Toni Kroos 7.5, Leroy Sane 7 (Julian Draxler 75, 6); Timo Werner 7, Serge Gnabry 7 (Thomas Muller 88).
Why Sporting Reject €50m Man Utd Bid For Bruno Fernandes
Portuguese Super League giants Sporting Lisbon have turned down a big bid from Manchester United for one of their best players.
Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes has been attracting the interest of Premier League giants Manchester United this summer.
According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, Manchester United have turned down a €50m bid for Bruno Fernandes with the club holding out for the excess of €70m despite the fact that the player has a gentleman agreement with the club.
The gentleman agreement is for the club to release him if they receive at least €35m for the Portuguese international midfielder.
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Recent reports also revealed that there’s an English bid of €62m for the player.
Manchester United have been linked with a move for Bruno Fernandes for the majority of this summer’s transfer window.
Bruno Fernandes has a release clause of €100m in his Sporting Lisbon contract at the moment but the Portuguese giants are willing to sell their star player for less.
The 24-year-old had a season to remember in the last campaign after he scored 32 goals and also provided 18 assists for Sporting Lisbon in 53 games in all competitions.
He won the Portuguese Cup with his club last season after the penalty shootout victory over rivals FC Porto.
Arsenal Officially Agree Loan Deal For Dani Ceballos
North London giants Arsenal have agreed to a loan deal for Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos.
According to BBC journalist David Ornstein, Dani Ceballos would spend the next season on loan at Arsenal without the option of a permanent deal.
The loan deal to Arsenal could be completed as early as Tuesday.
Dani Ceballos had earlier revealed in his last interview that he wants to play more this season and the Spaniard believes that he can make that wish happen at Arsenal.
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The 22-year-old was on the outskirts of the Real Madrid team for the majority of last season but he’s expected to get more first-team opportunities at Arsenal.
Dani Ceballos has spent two seasons at Real Madrid since joining from fellow Spanish La Liga club Real Betis.
He was recently part of the Spanish team that won the European u21 Championship this summer.
Dani Ceballos and Spain beat Germany 2-1 in the final of the tournament hosted by Italy and San Marino.
The player would be a direct replacement for Aaron Ramsey who left the Gunners for Juventus this summer.
The Welsh international spent over a decade at Arsenal before leaving the club on a free transfer earlier this summer.
Liverpool Eyeing Summer Move For German Defender
Reigning European champions Liverpool are reportedly in the hunt for Augsburg defender Phillip Max during this summer’s transfer window.
According to The Sun, Liverpool want to sign the Augsburg left-back before the end of this transfer window.
Liverpool are in the hunt for a new left-back this summer after the exit of Alberto Moreno this summer.
Spanish international Alberto Moreno left the club at the end of last month after his Liverpool contract expired.
Alberto Moreno was the backup left-back to first choice Andy Robertson at Liverpool before his exit.
The Spaniard has joined La Liga outfit Villarreal on a free transfer at the start of this month.
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Moreno was part of the Liverpool team that won last season’s Champions League title at the new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid.
The 26-year-old was an unused substitute for Liverpool who won the title by beating fellow Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in their final meeting at the start of last month.
Phillip Max could be his direct replacement at Liverpool ahead of the new season.
Max is a key player for German Bundesliga club Augsburg and the Reds want to sign him.
The 25-year-old is rated at around £18m according to the aforementioned publication.
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