A tactically too clever French side were smart for the Germans as the Die Mannschaft (The Team) just couldn’t find a way through.
The opening 15 minutes in the highly anticipated fixture were spent with the European heavyweights tentatively probing each other’s defence until the French started to exert pressure and landed a sucker punch.
An own goal from Mats Hummels in the first half was enough for France to seal a tight win over Germany in their opening game of Euro 2020 in Munich.
Pogba played a crucial role in his side’s winner with a superb pass that ultimately led to Mats Hummels’ own goal. He won tackles, tracked back and showed intelligence and discipline to repel the Germans.
Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema had goals ruled out for offside after the break, but it mattered little in the end as world champions France took three precious points at the Allianz Arena.
France’s consistency really paid off with Rabiot also hitting the post for Les Bleus.
Germany tried to retaliate, but France played smart to keep them at bay.
The home defeat piles the pressure on Germany ahead of their next game against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal on Saturday, also at the Allianz Arena.
France are now unbeaten in their last 6 games against Die Mannschaft.
Germany suffer defeat in their opening game at the EURO finals for the first time.
France: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernández; Rabiot (Dembélé 90+4), Kanté, Pogba; Benzema (Tolisso 89), Griezmann, Mbappé
Germany: Neuer; Ginter (Can 88), Hummels, Rüdiger; Kimmich, Gündoğan, Kroos, Gosens (Volland 88); Havertz (Sané 74), Müller; Gnabry (Werner 74)
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Mark F. | SilverFM