Comfortable win for France
Sat, 17/06/23, 12:54
Germany beaten by Poland
Despite a spirited performance, particularly in the second period, the German national team went down to a 1-0 defeat against Poland on Friday night. At a sold-out national stadium in Warsaw, Jakub Kiwior scored the only goal of the friendly in the 31st minute. The 23-year-old Arsenal defender headed home from a corner for the Poles, ranked 23 in the world. Hansi Flick's side improved considerably after the break but were denied several times by the excelllent Wojciech Szczęsny in goal.
Bayern duo Joshua Kimmich and Jamal Musiala were named in the starting line-up for the four-time world champions, while Leon Goretzka and Leroy Sané came on in the second half. Germany play their final match of this season on Tuesday against Colombia in Gelsenkirchen.
Coman and Pavard victorious with France
France made it three wins from three games in UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying with a comfortable 3-0 victory in Gibraltar. Olivier Giroud (3') and Kylian Mbappé (45'+3) gave Les Bleus a two-goal lead at half-time, with an own goal from Aymen Mouelhi (78') completing a deserved success.
From a Bayern point of view, Kingsley Coman, who provided the assist for the first goal, and Benjamin Pavard were both in Didier Deschamps' starting XI. Dayot Upamecano didn't feature in Gibraltar, though.
Sommer watches Swiss win
Switzerland also played their third fixture in qualifying for next summer's EURO in Germany. The Nati came through a tough test in Andorra to claim a hard-fought 2-1 win thanks to goals from Remo Freuler (7') and Zeki Amdouni (32'). Bayern goalkeeper Yann Sommer was an unused substitute.
Tel agonisingly close to final
France U18 and Mathys Tel suffered a painful defeat in the semi-finals of the prestigious Maurice Revello Tournament in Salon-de-Provence, France. The French youngsters twice fought back – including a penalty from Tel – to draw 2-2 in normal time against the Mexico U23 team and take the game to penalties.
However, the South Americans demonstrated the better nerves in the shootout, with goalkeeper Arturo Delgado Covarrubias making two saves. Tel, who played 82 minutes, and Co now take on Australia U23 in the third place playoff on Sunday.
Alphonso Davies is in the CONCACAF Nations League final with Canada: