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France vs Germany: Les Bleus hold on in UEFA Nations League opener

07 September, 2018, 16:31 | Author: Delia Walker
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What are the Germany and France squads for the UEFA Nations League opener?

The first match in this competition is going to be a grand affair as it pits world champions France against 2014 world champions Germany, who have a point to prove following their dismal showing at Russian Federation.

France responded immediately to that with their first real opening of the contest when N'Golo Kante found Chelsea teammate Olivier Giroud inside the box, but the striker - who failed to register a single shot on target at the World Cup - saw his powerful downward header pushed away by Manuel Neuer. This will be played off during a window of worldwide fixtures in September, October and November previously used to host global friendly matches.

With a combined score of 435 in the finals, Divyansh Singh Panwar and Shreya Agarwal won bronze in the 10m air rifle mixed team junior event at the ISSF World Championships being held at Changwon, South Korea. The twelve top-ranked teams are split into four groups of three. In leagues A and B, there are three teams per group.

Although Gareth Southgate's side made a run to the semi-finals of the World Cup, they did so by beating relatively modest sides, like Tunisia, Panama and Sweden, while Colombia were only navigated via a penalty shootout. Essentially the minnows of the European game and Kazakhstan - which is certainly not in Europe, it's capital Astana is closer to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia than it is to Moscow!

The champions of each group will fight, in a playoff, to be the champions of Leagues A, B, C and D.

The newly promoted teams will then play at the new level in the next competition which starts in 2020.

The top team from each of the groups will qualify for a mini-tournament to be played in March 2020 which offers a UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying spot for the winners.

The competition will largely replace global friendly matches now played on the FIFA worldwide Match Calendar.

When Is Germany vs France, UEFA Nations League Scheduled to Take Place i.e. Date and Time?

The Netherlands are the other team in Group 1 of League A, and Ronald Koeman's team travel to Paris on Sunday, when the French will turn out at home for the first time since their glorious campaign in Russian Federation.

Those 16 sides will be divided into four "paths" of four, with each pathway offering a route to the Euros.



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