Yellow card for Tom Krauss (Germany)
Nevertheless, Germany almost equalizes! A corner kick from Angelo Stiller sails perfectly to the six-yard box. Yann Bisseck braces himself for air, but beheads the leather exactly the arms and France keeper Illan Meslier.
Against the opposing line of defense around Pierre Kalulu from AC Milan or Chelsea’s new signing Wesley Fofana, the German offensive no longer sees a trick. Youssoufa Moukoko is also making an effort up to this point and demands a lot of balls, but remains largely unregistered.
Substitution for France: Sofiane Diop
Substitution for France: Amine Gouiri
Khéphren Thuram comes on as a substitute for France
France come off with Kouadio Koné
Elye Wahi comes on as a substitute for France
Substitution for France: Enzo Le Fée
Finally a German sign of life again: Reda Khadra, who has just come on as a substitute, appears on the right baseline and returns the ball to Tom Krauss. The Schalke takes the ball once, but is blocked from around ten meters in the next shot attempt.
The French team has controlled the game after the break so far and mostly lets the ball run smoothly. Germany, on the other hand, has no access to the game at the moment.
Arnaud Kalimuendo comes on for France
Substitution for France: Georginio Rutter
Rayan Cherki comes on for France
France come off the bench with Nathan N’Goumou
Substitution for Germany: Reda Khadra
Substitution in Germany: Ansgar Knauff
Substitution at Germany: Felix Nmecha
Substitution in Germany: Faride Alidou
There he is again! As with his first goal, Amine Gouiri pulls purposefully into the center and slams the ball onto the left corner – but just misses this time.
Almost a dream goal for the Bleus! From a long distance, Enzo Le Fée fires a free kick over the wall and aims at the left corner of the cross. The ball flutters and sinks extremely dangerously, but flies just past the post.
Once again, Amine Gouiri caused unrest in the German back line. When the 22-year-old passes Nathan Ngoumou, Luca Netz just gets his leg in between.
The French are currently – similar to the beginning of the first half – acting much faster and are pushing Antonio Di Salvo’s team further on the defensive.
Tooor for France, 0:1 by Amine Gouiri
The Équipe Tricolore takes the lead! Enzo Le Fée quickly bridges the midfield and shifts the game from the right to the left. There Amine Gouiri is not seriously attacked, makes a small swerve in the middle and flicks the leather on the lower right corner. Goalkeeper Noah Atubolu stretches, but ultimately cannot prevent the impact.
With the Bleus, Maxence Caqueret determines the rhythm of the encounter and keeps demanding the balls. The 22-year-old from Olympique Lyon is clearly the boss here.
Germany immediately pushes forward: Ansgar Knauff muddles past several French players in the center of the sixteen, but misses the right moment to score.
It continues in Magdeburg’s MDCC Arena – both Antonio Di Salvo and Sylvain Ripoll have not made any personnel changes in this test match for the moment.
Kick-off 2nd half
Both teams go into the dressing room without injury time – in the U21 friendly between Germany and France it was still a 0-0 draw after the first round! At the start of the game, the Équipe Tricolore seemed more active, but were hardly able to create any real chances to score. Antonio Di Salvo’s team then gradually fought their way into the game by winning the ball early in midfield and have even gained a slight advantage in the meantime. However, Bleus goalkeeper Illan Meslier has not had to intervene at all so there is plenty of room for improvement after the break.
For the first time in many minutes, the guests are again in the front third. However, Amine Gouiri and Quentin Merlin can’t find a brilliant idea on the left wing.
That was really dangerous! Jan Thielmann serves Tom Krauss in the right sixteen, who then plays a precise cross into the far post. There, Pierre Kalulu clarifies in dire need before the onrushing Luca Netz.
Tom Krauss hits Pierre Kalulu pretty hard with an open sole on the ankle. But the referee has his own view of things and doesn’t even decide on a foul – the FC Schalke 04 midfielder was a bit lucky there.
After a German ball loss on the offensive, France quickly switched. Enzo Le Fée wants to send Georginio Rutter on the journey, but Malick Thiaw is attentive and saves with a tackle.
Meanwhile, the tide has turned on the pitch: while France clearly had the upper hand at the beginning, Antonio Di Salvo’s team increasingly took command in the final minutes.
At least an approximation of the German U21 selection! Tom Krauss has some freedom at headquarters and draws from afar. But his attempt slips completely over his shoe, so that the ball lands well wide of Illan Meslier’s box.
Despite the high intensity, the game has very few chances. Only Quentin Merlin has so far fired a noteworthy shot and challenged DFB keeper Noah Atubolu.
Especially in the duels in midfield, both teams make it clear again and again that there should be no friendly character here. It really gets down to business – the actors don’t give an inch.
Again Angelo Stiller hits a free kick up into the opposing penalty area. In the air, Pierre Kalulu is on the spot and confidently clears the situation with his head.
The combinations of the German U21 national team are gradually becoming more purposeful. However, the guests still have little trouble keeping the opponent in check.
Again Ansgar Knauff storms forward on the left and this time is cleared by Wesley Fofana. The following free-kick cross from Angelo Stiller punches France goalkeeper Illan Meslier well out of the danger zone.
Rather accidentally, the leather rolls into the barrel of Ansgar Knauff, who appears on the left edge of the sixteen. In the duel against Pierre Kalulu, however, the Frankfurter has no chance.
For the team of Antonio Di Salvo it is currently hardly possible to build up the game in a controlled way because the Équipe Tricolore is constantly pressing with many players.
Noah Atubolu has to intervene for the first time! Quentin Merlin combines quite easily with Amine Gouiri via the left wing and pulls into the middle. The Frenchman shoots from around 18 meters and checks the DFB goalkeeper in the left half-height corner.
Now Antonio Di Salvo’s team is in front for the first time: Two low crosses from Jan Thielmann, however, find no takers in the centre.
France were much more active in the first few minutes and shifted the game to their own attacking zone. The Bleus let their individual quality flash again and again.
First little moment of shock! Deep in his own half, Jordan Beyer carelessly frittered away the ball against Amine Gouiri, who immediately started in the penalty area. There, however, the Frenchman was successfully prevented from completing by Luca Netz.
It starts in Magdeburg’s MDCC Arena – the DFB selection will wear the new black and white jerseys that the senior national team will wear at the Winter World Cup in Qatar.
The French junior national team is a real benchmark for the DFB selection. As usual, head coach Sylvain Ripoll’s squad is peppered with well-known players. In addition to the Bundesliga professionals Georginio Rutter, Kouadio Koné and Nathan Ngoumou, there is Wesley Fofana, who switched from Leicester City to league rivals FC Chelsea for around 90 million euros in the summer and became the most expensive central defender in the world.
This time Antonio Di Salvo will be without Jonathan Burkardt, Josha Vagnoman and Kevin Schade due to injury. In addition, Armel Bella-Kotchap was called up for the first time by national coach Hansi Flick. “He has made excellent progress over the past few months,” emphasized the U21 coach. The only newcomer in the 24-man squad is ex-Bayern goalkeeper Christian Früchtl, who now plays for Austria Wien.
Antonio Di Salvo has been coaching the U21s for around a year and Stefan Kuntz switched to the Turkish national team. Under the leadership of the 43-year-old, the team has managed seven wins in eight matches so far. He has “developed again. He’s looking for talks, everyone is in contact with him. It’s not easy when you only see each other every two to three months, but he does it very well,” praised defender Maximilian Bauer.
At the start of the European Championship season, the German junior team is testing directly against two high-class opponents and is getting important position determinations on the way to the final round. The Under-21s meet France tonight before a delightful duel with England in Sheffield on Tuesday. “After successfully qualifying for the European Championship, we want to use the international matches to measure ourselves against the best,” said coach Antonio Di Salvo.
Have a wonderful good evening and welcome to the test match of the German U21 national team! Antonio Di Salvo’s selection duels in a prestige duel with France. Kick-off in the MDCC Arena in Magdeburg is at 6:15 p.m.