The national soccer team from France is on quite a long drought when it comes to beating Germany, and that misery continued during the World Cup a couple of years ago. But they can get some satisfaction in a hurry on Thursday as they take on the German side in the semi-final game in Euro 2016, which is scheduled to kick off at 3 PM ET at the Stade Velodrome in Marseilles. And remember that BetAnySports is there to afford customers the chance to place wagers even after the game begins, through the facilities provided by Live Betting Ultra.
The last time France beat Germany in a major tournament was way back in the 1958 World Cup, and in the most recent edition of the event they saw their hopes dashed with a 1-0 defeat in the quarter-finals. Mats Hummels put in a header for the Germans that day, and in what is a bit of good news, he will be unavailable for this one, as he is sitting out a suspension. Coach Joachim Low is turning to Bastian Schweinsteiger to replace him, but he may not be 100% after hurting his knee against Italy in the previous game.
And speaking of that game, Germany had a draw in regulation but managed to get by with a win in the penalty kick phase. France had itself a much easier time, powering its way past Iceland 5-2. The winner of this game will move on to the championship game on Sunday, as they will oppose Portugal, which beat Wales 2-0 on Wednesday.
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Germany obviously has a great record in international competition, and they can score the very unique status of being a simultaneous holder of both the World Cup and the Euro title. But there is some work to do. With three players out – not just Hummels but also Mario Gomez and Sami Khedira – coach Joachim Low is going to be hard-pressed to figure out a way to keep a cohesive unit out there and at the same time figure out what France is going to do. This is not like facing Italy, which did not come from “a lot of different angles,” so to speak. Les Bleus does a lot of moving positions around and they will not be nearly as predictable as the Italians were.
They also have the leading goal scorer in this tournament in Antoine Griezmann, who has hit the nets four times in five games. This is a team that can be expected to be on the attack out of its 4-2-3-1 formation, although the return of N’Golo Kante from a suspension might prompt coach Didier Deschamps to go with a 4-3-3.
Deschamps likes his team’s ability to create scoring opportunities, and remember that he has one of the world’s best midfielders in Paul Pogba to help him do that. This is a defensive challenge for the German’s who can’t rely slowly on “sweeper keeper” Manuel Neuer. And France should have gathered at least a little confidence from the last time these national sides played, winning 2-0, although it was a tragic evening, with explosions heard outside the stadium during the Paris terror attacks in November.
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