Germany Vs. France: Mathieu Debuchy The Difference For Les Bleus

For the most part, Germany and France played an even game in Bremen on Wednesday. The two teams were even in shots and possession, with Germany looking like the slightly more dangerous side for most of the game. France hit on the counter on two occasions, however, and there was one major matchup difference that turned the result towards Les Bleus. Mathieu Debuchy was fantastic in a man of the match performance as France pulled off a minor upset over Germany, winning 2-1.

Debuchy defended well at right back and created both goals. In both instances, he absolutely torched Germany left back Dennis Aogo, an athletic and generally consistent player, and it was surprising to see him get beaten so easily. France's first goal came in the 21st minute, with Mathieu Valbuena releasing Debuchy down the right. He set up Ligue 1 leading scorer Oliver Giroud for his first goal in a France shirt, scored with a simple finish.

The second goal came in the 69th minute, and the finish was a bit less simple. Germany was almost able to clear during a big scuffle for the ball on the line, but Florent Malouda won the battle and was able to poke the ball into the back of the net.

Germany found a consolation goal in stoppage time, with substitutes Thomas Müller and Cacau combining to make it 2-1, but Joachim Löw will still be disappointed with his team, their defending, and their inability to finish numerous chances.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.