Germany's Stindl rescues late draw against France

Lacazette Nets Brace As France Hold Germany

Lacazette Nets Brace As France Hold Germany

Germany drew 2-2 with France in an worldwide friendly on Tuesday, as the world champions scored a very late equaliser in Cologne.

The world champions introduced Lars Stindl for Emre Can in the 83rd minute as they pushed for an equaliser.

Germany eventually leveled matters 10 minutes into the second half as Ozil played a fine pass into Werner, who slotted through Mandanda's legs, 1-1.

Alexandre Lacazette gave the French the lead, with Anthony Martial providing the Arsenal striker with the easiest of finishes after 33 minutes.

Germany struggled to comeback for a second time, and a flood of substitutions killed the fluidity of the contest.

Löw will hope to see better defending when his side face Spain and Brazil before they begin their World Cup defence in Russian Federation, but their battling spirit will give the coach plenty of encouragement.

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Germany coach Joachim Loew was eager to test his squad and made six changes to the team that drew 0-0 against England at Wembley on Friday, including three in defence.

Mbappe may well have done when he found space in the 12th minute, but Mats Hummels came to Germany's rescue with a perfectly executed sliding tackle.

Minutes later Trapp had to be alert again to keep Mbappe out low to his right, the Paris-Saint Germain goalkeeper denying his club-mate after a neat Cruyff turn in the penalty area.

Löw introduced Mario Gotze for his first global appearance in just shy of a year and he came good with a superb assist for Stindl, who kept their run going by sliding home a neat 93rd-minute finish.

The Germans woke up after the break and substitute Antonio Rudiger should have levelled when he was set up by Julian Draxler in the box.

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