Bundesliga Bundesliga 2


Germany's first game of 2013 was a friendly trip to neighbours France, played in Paris' impressive Stade de France FC Bayern's Manuel Neuer was rested to give Hamburger SV's Rene Adler his first international<br>appearance in two and a half years, although Neuer remains first choice according to Joachim Löw In an experimental team, Schalke's Benedikt Höwedes (l.) was deployed at left-back, a position he warmed to as the match went on An exciting game produced chances for both teams, but it was France that made theirs count first as <br> Mathieu Valbuena headed in after Karim Benzema's free-kick had cannoned off the crossbar Gemany had their chances too, however, and they were on level terms soon after the break as <br> Thomas Müller finished past Hugo Lloris after Ilkay Gündogan had won possession It was Müller's eleventh international strike and a much deserved equaliser for Germany, who had started the second half with purpose After both sides had missed further opportunities, Sami Khedira latched on to a wonderful pass from Mesut Özil to slide a shot under Lloris to make it 2-1 Encouragingly for Löw, the goal arrived when Germany had no recognised strikers on the pitch. <br> Instead, their fluid midfield showed just what it was capable of to see out an excellent win German Chancellor Angela Merkel (l.) enjoyed the evening somewhat more than French President <br> Francois Hollande (r.), although the result was received in good spirits by both sets of supporters
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