Lars Stindl's late equaliser helps Germany survive France challenge

Germany's Lars Stindl center scores his side's second goal past France's Raphael Varane left and Steven N'Zonzi during the soccer friendly match between Germany and France in Cologne Germany Tuesday Nov. 14 2017

Lacazette, who started in attack ahead of Antoine Griezmann, stole the show in Cologne, scoring his second and third goals on his 16th worldwide appearance as France claimed a 2-2 draw.

Lars Stindl rescued a draw in stoppage time to extend Germany's unbeaten run to 21 matches as the world champions twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw with France in Cologne.

Timo Werner turned home Mesut Ozil's pass before Lacazette's clinical strike restored France's lead.

Low will hope to see better defending when his side face Spain and Brazil before they begin their World Cup defence in Russian Federation, but their battling spirit will give the coach plenty of encouragement. We were able to trouble them and create a lot of chances thanks to speed and technical precision.

"We pressed hard after the break". Of course it's a bit disappointing because we were close to getting the win when we conceded the leveller - and Anthony Martial had just had a huge chance to score our third.

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette says his two-goal display against Germany on Wednesday was his best performance yet for France and hopes it will leave a lasting impression on coach Didier Deschamps. "We are close to this team but they are still ahead of us".

France's scorer Alexandre Lacazette left and his teammate Kylian Mbappe right celebrate their side's 2nd goal during an international friendly soccer match between Germany and France in Cologne Germany Tuesday Nov. 14 2017. (AP
Lars Stindl's late equaliser helps Germany survive France challenge

Thus, Germany had the last laugh as Lars Stindl benefitted from Mario Gotze's lay up to make it 2-2 in the dying minutes of the game to shock the visitors from France.

"Luckily we scored in the last attack", said the Moenchengladbach forward, who scored Germany's winning goal in the Confederations Cup final in July.

"The coach told me it was good".

Germany head coach Joachim Loew said he was content both with the result in Cologne and the stalemate at Wembley against England. We were a bit nervous in the first half, but we got forward well in the second half and pressed harder; France were very unsafe on the counter. It's one of the first matches in which I was really a centre-forward, which is my position, in a big game.

Germany host Spain and Brazil in friendlies next March as the holders tune up for their defence of the World Cup title in Russian Federation next June.

"It was a positive story for me today and a step in the right direction and I'm glad I'm back in".

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