Germany were given an indication of how difficult it will be to add the European title to their world crown as they were beaten 2-0 by France in Friday's friendly.
France 2-0 Germany
Goals: 1-0 Giroud (45+2'), 2-0 Gignac (86')
The match took time to live up to its billing as a potential UEFA EURO 2016 final, but the sides eventually warmed to the task at the Stade de France. Raphael Varane had to nick the ball away from Mario Gomez, who made his return to the international scene, before Thomas Müller uncharacteristically wasted a clear opportunity.
Antoine Griezmann might have had one at the opposite end had a Giroud cross not been played behind him; instead it was Giroud himself who was served the opportunity to put France ahead by Anthony Martial. The Manchester United FC striker skipped past Antonio Rüdiger and Matthias Ginter before cutting the ideal ball back Giroud, who could not miss, and did not.
A Giroud diving header might have doubled Les Bleus' lead had the Arsenal FC forward managed to get it on target, and Paul Pogba had a fierce drive tipped over by Manuel Neuer as Didier Deschamps' men pressed. Müller saw a shot, seemingly conjured from very little space, ricochet off a post, but Andre-Pierre Gignac then headed home emphatically to leave Joachim Löw's men empty-handed.
Man of the Match
Ginter continues to confirm himself as Germany's first-choice right-back. His raids forward provided most of Germany's most dangerous moments, even if he was beaten by Martial for France's opening goal.
The selection of Gomez, who made his return after more than a year's absence, shows Löw still does not have many options in attack, while France's domination of the world champions must be a concern for the Germany boss.
- FC Schalke 04's Leroy Sane was given his senior international debut in the second half.
- FC Bayern München's Kingsley Coman came off the bench to make his first senior appearance for France.
- The game was the first since Germany's 7-1 demolition of Brazil at the 2014 FIFA World Cup that Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger had been paired together in midfield.
- Giroud has scored in his last three games for club and country against Neuer.
- It was France's fifth successive victory.
France: Lloris - Sagna, Varane, Koscielny, Evra - Matudi (Cabaye 87'), Diarra, Pogba - Martial (Coman 69'), Giroud (Gignac 68'), Griezmann (Ben Arfa 80')
Germany: Neuer - Ginter (Volland 79'), Rüdiger, Boateng (Mustafi 46'), Hector (Can 34') - Khedira (Gündogan 61'), Schweinsteiger - Draxler (Sane 60'), Müller - Gomez