UEFA Nations League: Loew's job under threat as France beat Germany

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Antoine Griezmann scored twice in the second half as the world champions France came from behind to beat Germany 2-1 in their Nations League match and increase the pressure on Joachim Löw.

Utilising the speed of the recalled Leroy Sane, they counter-attacked superbly and deservedly led when Kimpembe blocked the Manchester City winger's cross with his hand and Kroos converted the resulting penalty. "When you are not having a good day, you can change the system and the players, but (the French team) never gives up, and that's how we keep going". "I think we deserved to win because we were the best team but that's not how things work".

Antoine Griezmann hit a pair of second-half goals, including the victor from the spot, as France recovered from falling behind to a Toni Kroos penalty to inflict a sixth defeat on Germany in their past 10 matches.

France, unbeaten in 14 matches since a friendly loss to Colombia in March, were again indebted to Lloris when he scrambled a Matthias Ginter effort behind after a chance fell invintingly to the defender at a corner.

Loew was particularly unhappy with referee Milorad Mazic's decision to award France a spot-kick after Blaise Matuidi went to ground after a tangle with Mats Hummels.

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There was still time for Les Bleus to make it 3-1 in the closing minutes as the visitors were leaving themselves exposed at the back, but in the end 2-1 was enough for all the three points.

France now sit four points clear at the top of Group A1, while Germany are without a win in three games in this competition and can not qualify for the final stage.

The equaliser then came in the 62nd minute, as left-back Lucas Hernandez found the head of club teammates Griezmann, who did ever so well to direct the ball into the far corner.

Atletico Madrid star Griezmann admitted the first half against Germany "was much like how we played against Iceland".

It was a sixth defeat in the past 10 games for Löw's team, who crashed out at the group stage of the World Cup and remain bottom of Nations League Group A1 with one point from three matches.

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