Loew's job under threat as France beat Germany — UEFA Nations League

Antoine Griezmann scores from the penalty spot

Antoine Griezmann scores from the penalty spot

Germany travelled to the Stade de France looking for the win that would salvage their Nations League campaign, and some pride, following their disastrous World Cup.

The Germans deservedly led through a Kroos penalty after a sliding Presnel Kimpembe handled a Sane cross, but Loew's youthful frontline was unable to capitalise on further opportunities.

France were back on level terms just after the hour mark when a well-marked Griezmann was able to redirect a ideal Lucas Hernandez cross over Neuer to make it 1-1.

Les Bleus captain Lloris was one of several players who admitted the hosts had desperately needed to raise their game against a rejuvenated Germany side that showed plenty of promise.

Serge Gnabry came close to restoring the lead for Low's men 20 minutes before time with a threatening low strike from the left side of the box that was saved by Lloris. "If we'd been able to score a second we could have played in a calmer manner and won the match".

Ignoring the controversy surrounding the decision, Griezmann stepped up and buried the spot kick to earn the win.

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Die Mannschaft sit rock bottom of Group A after back-to-back defeats to the Netherlands and France this week.

However, Loew insisted he was "very pleased" with the performance as Germany were much improved compared to the team that lost 3-0 against the Netherlands in Amsterdam.

Despite an average age of 25, France are showing maturity beyond their years - a tendency vice-captain Raphael Varane believes was crucial to their World Cup success.

Kylian Mbappe had a glorious chance to level matters for France seven minutes into the second stanza after going through on goal with only Manuel Neuer to beat, but the shot-stopper kept his team in the game with a good save. Although he is only 25, the central defender has already won four Champions League titles with Real Madrid.

Germany had several chances to add to Toni Kroos' first-half penalty but found Hugo Lloris in fine form, before eventually succumbing in Paris. It's more than tactical, we weren't making the effort for one another.

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