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Lars Stindl snatches a late leveller as Germany draw with France

Lars Stindl snatches a late leveller as Germany draw with France”

World Champions Germany welcomed France to Cologne for their final worldwide match of 2017.

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

Lacazette, replacing injured forward Olivier Giroud, forced a good save from Germany keeper Kevin Trapp with a powerful shot but went one better in the 34th minute, tapping in from close range after superb work from Anthony Martial.

Mesut Ozil was the creator as Germany grabbed an equaliser through Timo Werner 11 minutes into the second half, but France once again established a lead as Lacazette slotted home after 71 minutes.

Die Mannschaft became only the second European team to win all 10 of their World Cup qualifying matches en route to securing a place, but looked on course for a home defeat.

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.

Sami Khedira and Mesut Özil pictured during Germany's 2-2 draw on Tuesday.

Finally, in the 33rd minute, the goal France's pressure deserved came, Martial dancing past Niklas Sule before touching the ball wide of Trapp for Lacazette to apply a simple 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.

Nearly immediately Martial thought he had restored France's lead, but Trapp got down brilliantly to push away his dipping strike.

But three minutes into injury time Mario Gotze conjured a delightful flicked pass for Borussia Monchengladbach hitman Stindl to steer in an excellent finish.



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