UEFA Euro 2016 Knockout Stage Preview – Germany vs France

Germany vs France, Stade Velodrome, Marseille


Match Log

Germany

Germany 2 (Mustafi 19, Schweinsteiger 90+2), Ukraine 0
Germany 0, Poland 0
Northern Ireland 0, Germany 1 (Gomez 30)
Germany 3 (Boateng 8, Gomez 43, Draxler 63), Slovakia 0
Germany 1 (Ozil 65), Italy 1 (Bonucci 78 pen) (a.e.t, Germany won 6-5 on penalties)

France

France 2 (Giroud 57, Payet 89), Romania 1 (Stancu 65 pen)
France 2 (Griezmann 90, Payet 90+6), Albania 0
Switzerland 0, France 0
France 2 (Griezmann 58, 61), Republic of Ireland 1 (Brady 2 pen)
France 5 (Giroud 12, 59, Pogba 20, Payet 43, Griezmann 45), Iceland 2 (Sigthorsson 56, Bjarnason 84)

Top Scorers

Germany

2 – Mario Gomez.
1 – Jerome Boateng, Julian Draxler, Shkodran Mustafi, Mesut Ozil, Bastian Schweinsteiger.

France

4 – Antoine Griezmann.
3 – Olivier Giroud, Dimitri Payet.
1 – Paul Pogba.

Team News

Germany

Mario Gomez and Sami Khedira are both ruled out with injuries, and Bastian Schweinsteiger is in serious doubt with a knee problem. Furthermore, Mats Hummels picked up a second booking against Italy and is suspended, leaving Joachim Low with some serious selection issues. The Germans are likely to revert back to a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Julian Draxler and Mario Gotze returning to play on the wings and Emre Can replacing Khedira. Thomas Muller should fill the void left by Gomez up front.
Likely team (4-2-3-1): Neuer – Kimmich, Howedes, Boateng, Hector; Can, Kroos; Draxler, Ozil, Gotze; Muller.

France

N’Golo Kante and Adil Rami are back from suspension, and it is likely that Samuel Umtiti and Moussa Sissoko will make way to accommodate their returns. Didier Deschamps has no other injury or suspension concerns, and he is not likely to make any big changes after a convincing 5-2 win over Iceland.
Likely team (4-3-3): Lloris – Sagna, Rami, Koscielny, Evra; Matuidi, Kante, Pogba; Griezmann, Giroud, Payet.

Keys to success

Germany

The Germans are likely to make three forced changes to the side that beat Italy on penalties, and the replacements will need to step up. The midfield will lose some of its solidity in the absence of Khedira, and the defence will need to be ready to deal with the step-up in pressure. With so many big outs the Germans will rely on Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller to step-up and get them through, and these players have to fire.

France

The French were in top form against Iceland, and they will be looking to play even better against the Germans. Dimitri Payet, Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann have formed an incredibly dangerous combination, and they will look to keep up their excellent form. Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi looked very good against Iceland, and they will look to assert themselves over a relatively weak German midfield.

Prediction

This game is shaping up as a thriller, and it is very hard to see who will come out on top. The German defence is likely to face their toughest challenge yet from the French attack, and without Hummels they could struggle. The French are likely to gain the supremacy in midfield, but the Germans are clinical in possession and have the ability to hurt at the other end while keeping France at bay. Germany 2-1.

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