Frenchman Paul Pogba follows Ronaldo’s lead and removes bottle of beer from Euro 2020 press conference – –

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Frenchman Paul Pogba follows Ronaldo’s lead and removes bottle of beer from Euro 2020 press conference – –


RANKINGS FRANCE: Hugo Lloris 7 – Little to do in the first half for the oldest player as his team dominated. The France captain was much busier in the second but came out at the right time to stop Gnabry with Germany’s best luck. Gosens’ bad kick put his side under pressure but survived a tough opener. EPA

Benjamin Pavard 7 – A dedicated right-back. Well combined with Kanté in the 15th minute of the attack on France. Broke the ground on time; looked cold. But got up and continued to play. More tackles than any other player. EPA

Raphael Varane 8 – Very comfortable since he won his duels on the ground and in the air. Made key interceptions and needed to be on top of their game in the second half as Germany, roared by the Munich crowd, was heavily involved. Excellent. PA

Presnel Kimpembe 7 – Had a challenge with Havertz who covered more ground than any German player. He was up to the task and made two key interceptions within a minute of 69 as Germany threatened. AFP

Lucas Hernandez 7 – Bayern Munich defender was fouled in a yellow card challenge after 7. Received a nice ball from Pogba and pushed him towards Mbappe after 20. Hummels did the rest. Booed by home fans for some tough challenges. EPA

N’Golo Kante 8 – Man of the moment and very popular with French supporters. Bused all over the court, slashing balls, bringing balance, filling in gaps and passing forward. Covered more ground than any of his teammates. Believe the hype. Reuters

Paul Pogba 8 – Led Griezmann’s corner in the 15th minute. Tried the most difficult passes, even surrounded by players and only one, to Hernandez with the outside of his foot, which led to France opening the scoring. Seemed to have been bitten by Rudiger. Ball protected as he fought with Kroos, but still managed to play key balls to Mbappe. Not the same level in the second half but still on top and deserved to be named man of the match. AFP

Adrien Rabiot 7 – Strong in supporting attack and more defensive discipline than Pogba who gave France an impenetrable line of defense against Germany. Hit the post. Getty

Antoine Griezmann 7 – Twinkletoes were energetic, ran around and made three key passes. He fell deeply and was effective as France countered, if not quite, the impact on the game of some of his teammates. Reuters

Kylian Mbappe 8 – Shot on target after 16 minutes was France’s best effort until goal – which he was ready to score until Hummels did it for him. Lost possession several times, but always a fleet threatened danger on the left. Got the ball in the net with a nice strike from there after 66 but luckily for the Germans it was offside. The magic will come. EPA

Karim Benzema 7 – Neat exchanges with Mbappe from the veteran striker who dominated the pre-tournament preparation with his return to the national team. Super ball forward to Mbappe after 55 and again after 77 – knowing the youngster had the legs and speed that Benzema wouldn’t. Kicked a Mbappe ball late into the net but as the players celebrated France’s ‘second’ was offside. Reuters

SUBS: Corentin Tolisso N / A – For Benzema after 87 years and played where he plays his club football for Bayern. Tasted a few minutes of an intense international. Pennsylvania

Ousmane Dembele N / A – In office for Rabiot after 92 years. The Barca man who started in Germany got four minutes as France scored six unbeaten against Germany. AFP

NOTES FROM GERMANY: Manuel Neuer 5 – The German did a light job with a Kylian Mbappe shot in the opening 20 minutes, hitting the ball for a corner kick. He quickly got out of his box moments later to sweep too. However, there was little he could do to stop Hummels from converting in his own net, and again with Mbappe’s goal later being denied. EPA

Matthias Ginter 6 – Made a timely intervention following a Pavard cross, a contribution that summed up his hard work all evening. He closed the space well in front of Mbappe. AFP

Mats Hummels 7 – Led with the first chance of the match on one end but didn’t miss the target at the other when, after Hernandez’s ball through the six-yard box, he failed to adjust his feet and turned into his own net. He was forced to chase Mbappe for much of the evening, but refused the French striker on more than one occasion. Reuters

Antonio Rudiger 5 – The Chelsea man had an interesting battle with Paul Pogba. He lost it once in a corner which, luckily for Germany, ended with a header that ended up just over the bar. He then appeared to bite him in the second half, which miraculously went unpunished. Reuters

Joshua Kimmich 6 – Got up and down the right flank well but was walking a tightrope after getting a yellow card in the first ten minutes. Was energetic and provided a playful crossover or two. EPA

Toni Kroos 4 – Kroos looked elegant on the ball, but that didn’t amount to any tangible contribution for his team. He lost the ball quite often, not surprisingly against a fit Pogba-Kante axis. Pogba won this particular battle by some margin. EPA

Ilkay Gundogan 4 – Constantly looking to open up the French defense and although he almost scored after a late run into the box, he was largely ineffective. EPA

Robin Gosens 7 – The left-back didn’t have much of an impact until he came to life in the second half. He gave Gnabry a chance with a particular teasing cross and gave his team a solid flanking attack option. EPA

Kai Havertz 5 – Havertz seemed to go through the game without really influencing the play around him, and he was subsequently substituted. Reuters

Thomas Muller 5 – The experienced striker played on the left side and did several runs in space until he got tired. He once approached a header, but misjudged his jump. Showed some delicious touches but ultimately looked to have surpassed his best. PA

Serge Gnabry 5 – Playing like a false 9, Gnabry failed to enter the game until he had a glorious opportunity to level the score in the 53rd minute. He did well to drop his scorer’s shoulder, but he stole Gosen’s cross into the floor and over the bar. A rare effort during a disappointing evening for the Bayern man. Reuters

SUBS: Timo Werner (Gnabry, 74) N / A – Had to bring energy to the German attack but wasted possession. EPA

Leroy Sane (Havertz, 74) N / A – His decision making in the final third was bad. He managed to get the ball into the dangerous areas but couldn’t find a passage. EPA

Emre Can (Ginter, 88) Not specified – Can arrived quite late which was a surprise considering the influence he had for Germany in qualifying. He arguably did more in the limited time he had than some of his teammates. AFP

Kevin Volland (Gosens, 88) N / A – The forward was hired far too late. Germany was toothless in attack and had called for someone to lead the line. Getty



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