2013 started with a defeat for France against Germany, their first in 26 years to the three-time world champions. Last time they were beaten by Die Mannschaft was in 1987, a 2-1 loss in Paris. Since then, les Bleus have improved their record against the Germans and boasted five wins and a draw from six games heading into the clash.
Twelve months ago, France beat Germany in Bremen in preparation for Euro 2012 and looked imperious. Now, Didier Deschamps is picking up the pieces from Laurent Blanc’s reign after further international disappointment last summer, and it shows.
Despite excellent performances from Mathieu Valbuena and Franck Ribery, les Bleus were undone twice in the second half by a well-drilled German side. Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller cancelled out Valbuena’s first-half opener for the hosts shortly after the break, before Sami Khedira gave Germany a hard-fought victory.