Every tournament has a group of death and Group F fits the bill. This match followed Hungary’s brave showing in defeat to Portugal in Budapest so it was essential to come out with victory for both the sides. World Cup winners of the last two editions of the global show piece facing off at the Football Arena Munchen. Germany were the better side all in all despite defeat. Mats Hummels failing to adjust his feet in conceding the own goal in minute 20. Interesting club duels with Kimmich facing Lucas Hernandez on the right wing. Bayern versus Bayern. The recall of both Mats and Thomas Muller was the right decision for Joachim Loew with Muller having a lot of the ball and looking to make things happen for Die Mannschaft.
What Germany lacked was the end product. Miroslav Klose was never replaced after Brazil 2014, Gnabry’s goal return is not that good although at club level he tends to find the net with regularity. Gnabry had the best chance of the match for Germany when he side footed over Lloris’s cross bar. France were content to sit deep and suddenly go long to find the dangerous Mbappe. Add Karim Benzema to the equation, that is some speedy front two. Both strikers were unlucky to be flagged offside, Mbappe would have scored a great goal after curling one beyond Neuer. Antonio Rudiger seemed to have been possessed by the ghost of Luis Suarez past, the Chelsea defender caught on camera biting at the back of Pogba. The Manchester United midfielder downplaying the incident saying it wasn’t serious but you bet your EUROs UEFA will be looking into this one. I am convinced based on this display Germany can reach the next round although a tough decision would have to be made concerning Gnabry and Volland for that number 9 position.They face Portugal next. France, favorites to take the gong will seal qualification with a likely win over Hungary.