Germany made a dramatic turnaround by defeating World Cup runner-up France 2-1 in a friendly, lifting spirits after a recent 4-1 loss to Japan led to the departure of coach Hansi Flick. Thomas Müller scored early, and Leroy Sané added a late goal on a counterattack, ending the former world champions’ five-game winless streak.
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The victory comes as the search for a new permanent coach begins ahead of upcoming matches against the United States and Mexico. France, which had not conceded a goal in five games, saw Antoine Griezmann score from a penalty after Sané’s goal. Concern arose as Germany’s captain, Ilkay Gündogan, left the game with an injury.