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Euro 2020: Germany Targets First Win Against France In Seven Years Ahead Titanic Clash

Euro 2020: Germany Targets First Win Against France In Seven Years Ahead Titanic Clash

Germany will go into Tuesday’s Euro 2020 Group F opener against France with the hope of getting a first win over the 2018 World Cup winners in seven years.

The last time the Germans defeated France was in the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil which they eventually won.

A 12th minute goal from Mats Hummels secured Germany’s passage into the semis where they hammered hosts Brazil 7-1.

Since edging France seven years ago, Germany has failed to win any of their last five encounters, losing three and drawing two of the ties.

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Both teams last met in 2018 in the second leg group stage of the UEFA Nations League played in Paris, which the French won 2-1.

The French will go into tonight’s clash in better form having won their last four games.

But for Germany, they have managed to win two of their last four (one defeat, one draw).

And if there is one thing  the Germans will hope to maintain, it is their record in opening day fixtures at the European Championship.

The four-time World Cup winners boast a 12-game unbeaten record during their opening games of the Euros.

And on the injury front, returning talisman Karim Benzema is reported to be training normally after shaking off the knock he sustained in Sunday’s friendly against Bulgaria.

Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane have also shaken off knocks, leaving Chelsea man Kurt Zouma as the only injury concern with a minor unspecified issue.

Jonas Hofmann is out with a knee injury but was never expected to start, while Toni Kroos and Ilkay Gundogan should man the engine room as Leon Goretzka continues to work his way back from muscle problems.

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