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

Ruben Hill
November 15, 2017

Germany's Lars Stindl scored a last-gasp equaliser to rescue a 2-2 draw against France in a friendly on Tuesday as the world champions stretched their unbeaten run to 21 matches.

However, with only seconds left to play of stoppage time, Ozil laid a pass with the outside of his left boot to Gotze, who helped the ball on into the right side of the France penalty area.

Germany, whose last defeat came against France in the semi-final of Euro 2016, have now failed to beat them at home since 1987.

Low will hope to see better defending when his side face Spain and Brazil before they begin their World Cup defence in Russian Federation, but their battling spirit will give the coach plenty of encouragement.

The attacking midfielder was an unused substitute in the 0-0 draw with the Three Lions on Friday, but four days later he finally made his return in Cologne.

Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette had given Les Bleus the lead in the 33rd minute after being set up by Manchester United winger Anthony Martial. "In the second half we played great and then we conceded the 1-2".

Lars Stindl denied them that result with a stoppage-time leveller and although disappointed, Deschamps was able to find plenty of positives. I told them at halftime to stay focussed, keep working at it.

"I am very satisfied with the two test games".

Half-time substitute Antonio Rudiger should have brought Germany level seven minutes after his introduction, but the Chelsea defender skewed his effort wide after great work down the left from Julian Draxler.

In between the Arsenal striker's brace Timo Werner levelled for the hosts as he broke the French offside trap to sweep home Mesut Ozil's pass.

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.

"We were closer to winning and scoring a third goal, so there is disappointment", said the France boss. We had speed and skill.

"We were able to put them in difficulty".

"They are a high-class team".

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