Saturday 17 November 2018

Griezmann adds to Low's woes

France’s Antoine Griezmann. Photo: Sportsfile
France’s Antoine Griezmann. Photo: Sportsfile
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Antoine Griezmann scored twice in the second half as world champions France came from behind to beat Germany 2-1 in their Nations League clash and increase the pressure on Joachim Low.

Germany looked to have produced the required response from a 3-0 defeat in Holland on Saturday, which left them in danger of relegation, as Toni Kroos slotted in a penalty just before the break.

Les Bleus, though, regrouped following the restart, as Griezmann equalised just after the hour with a well-taken looping header.

The Atletico Madrid frontman then kept his cool to convert from the spot with 10 minutes left following a controversial penalty.

It was a sixth defeat in the past 10 games for Low's squad, who crashed out of the group stages at the World Cup in Russia and remain bottom of their Nations League table with just one point from three matches. France, meanwhile, look set to progress as winners of Group One, as they are four points clear of Holland.

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Elsewhere, Brazil secured a last-gasp victory over Argentina when Miranda headed an injury-time goal to win the Super Clasico friendly tournament in Saudi Arabia.

It was an otherwise unremarkable contest, in which Argentina were without Lionel Messi, and Neymar and Philippe Coutinho were among those to disappoint for Brazil.

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