Friendly Havertz on target as Germany sink France in Lyon

Arsenal’s Kai Havertz outdid superstar Kylian Mbappe as the Euro 2024 hosts Germany beat France in Lyon.

The Arsenal forward scored in a comfortable German victory converting three minutes into the second half after Jamal Musiala had rounded France goalkeeper Mike Maignan, having run on to Florian Wirtz’ clever pass.

It was Wirtz who had scored the opener just six seconds into the game. Mbappe almost provoked a late comeback for the French. He broke down the left a minute from time but when his cross was only half-cleared by debutant Maximilian Mittelstadt, Antonio Rudiger hammered the ball on to his own crossbar.

Mbappe then crossed again from the left but this time substitute Olivier Giroud shot wide before France were booed off at the final whistle.

The narrative coming into the game was that struggling Germany would suffer against Mbappe but it was his future Real Madrid team-mate Toni Kroos who had the greater impact setting up the first goal on his return from international retirement.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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