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).