Khedira strikes to seal German comeback against France


France 1 Germany 2:Germany claimed their first win over France in 26 years when goals by Thomas Müller and Sami Khedira secured a 2-1 win in an entertaining friendly at the Stade de France last night.

Both second-half goals came from France left back Patrice Evra's side of the defence as Germany fought back after Mathieu Valbuena had opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time.

Valbuena headed home from close range in the 44th minute after Karim Benzema's free kick bounced off the bar, but Müller slotted past Hugo Lloris early in the second half and Khedira earned the win when he finished from Mesut Ozil's pass with 17 minutes left.

Real Madrid striker Benzema missed a clear chance in the first half and has now not scored for France in his last 10 appearances.

Germany were missing players such as Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger and Borussia Dortmund trio Marcel Schmelzer, Marco Reus and Mario Goetze, as well as veteran Lazio striker Miroslav Klose.

FRANCE: Lloris; Sagna, Koscielny (Rami, 45), Sakho, Evra; Cabaye, Matuidi (Capoue, 45), Sissoko (Giroud, 80); Valbuena (Menez, 86), Ribéry, Benzema. Subs not used: Landreau, Clichy, Debuchy, Mandanda, Yanga-Mbiwa, Gomis, Gonalons, Alessandrini.

GERMANY: Adler; Lahm, Mertesacker, Hummels, Höwedes; Khedira, Gündogan; Müller (L Bender 89), Özil, Podolski (Schürrle, 68); Gomez (Kroos, 56). Subs not used: Westermann, Neuer, S Bender, Boateng, Kroos, Draxler.

Referee: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (Italy).

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