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Germany vs France: France’s vulnerabilities before Germany semi-final

In terms of attacking ability and options, France have their bases covered and a strong bench too.

Written by Tanuj Lakhina | New Delhi | Published: July 7, 2016 4:57:55 pm
Germany vs France, Euro 2016, Euro 2016 news, Euro 2016 updates, France Germany, sports news, sports, football news, Football France are trying to win their first competitive match against Germany since 1958. (Source: Reuters)

In the five matches at Euro 2016, France are yet to taste defeat having won four and drawn one.

They’ve looked convincing in attack with the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and Olivier Giroud in sublime form.

France v Iceland - EURO 2016 - Quarter Final

But that was the case for Les Bleus at the 2014 World Cup too until they met Germany and lost 1-0 – their opponents here in the semi-finals.

In terms of attacking ability and options, France have their bases covered and a strong bench too.

So far, the home side have been tested by Albania and Republic of Ireland’s strict defence and come out on top.

But one area where they’re yet to be properly tested, is in defence.

Didier Deschamps-managed side has let through four goals with two coming from the penalty spot – against Romania and Ireland.

France Training - EURO 2016

And it is against Iceland – where they conceded the remaining two goals – that exposed their vulnerabilities.

A cross from the right at the near post and Iceland scored past Hugo Lloris.

Then a cross from the left, at the far post, headed in the back of the net.

Later a chance to make it three but the header goes narrowly over.

Iceland exposed France had reasons to work on their defending from aerial deliveries and from attack billowing from the wings.

For this purpose, Hector, Mesut Ozil and Julian Draxler are vital pieces of puzzle for Germany who are already without Mario Gomez and the involvement of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira remains a doubt.

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Fact: France are trying to win their first competitive match against Germany since 1958.

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