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Saturday, November 12, 2005

France couldn't beat Germany

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France and Germany couldn't break the deadlock in the friendly match at the Stade de France. At the same time, Henry wasn't able to score over team mate Lehmann.

The game was a physical affair with the Germans setting the pace right from the start of the encounter when Sebastian Deisler sent a perfect cross from the right towards striker Lukas Podolski.

The striker hit a powerful shot which flew narrowly over Coupet's crossbar. The visitors had the most opportunities in the first 18 minutes with Deisler, in particular, putting a lot of pressure on the French defence.

Thierry Henry, who scored Les Bleus' winning goal in their victory over Costa Rica, had a chance in the 19th minute but failed to control his right-foot strike.

Five minutes later he fired a free-kick over the crossbar but Germany kept control of the match until the end of the first half.

In the 44th minute Deisler limped off the pitch after injuring his ankle following a clash with William Gallas.

After the interval substitute Nicolas Anelka crossed the ball towards David Trezeguet who missed his shot, while Coupet made two impressive saves in the 54th and 65th minutes following strikes from midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Captain Michael Ballack sent a header wide after connecting with a free-kick in the 70th minute but France regained some of their energy in the last 10 minutes of the clash.

Alou Diarra stole the ball from Ballack and crossed it towards Djibril Cisse but the Liverpool hitman failed to control his shot and the ball slid past the right post.

On the stroke of full-time Cisse crossed towards Anelka but the ball was diverted away to safety by Per Mertesacker.

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