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Germany Edge France In Thriller

Germany secured a narrow 2-1 win away to France in a hard-fought international friendly on Wednesday night.

Mathieu Valbuena had given the French the lead just before the break but goals from Thomas Muller and Sami Khedira turned the result around.

Mario Gomez saw the ball snatched from his toes in the third minute while Moussa Sissoko fluffed his shot at the other end moments later.

Valbuena nearly took advantage of a poor clearance from the goalkeeper in the fifth minute while Mesut Ozil forced Hugo Lloris into a great save as Germany responded.

The Real Madrid midfielder had another chance in the 16th minute but he blazed over while Per Mertesacker had his header tipped over in the 21st minute.

Karim Benzema rifled a shot straight at the goalkeeper six minutes later but France would finally take the lead before the break when Benzema's free-kick came back off the crossbar and Valbuena gobbled up the rebound.

The Germans wasted no time after the break as Muller slid a finish past Lloris just five minutes in before being denied a second three minutes later.

Ribery fired just wide in the 67th minute after Valbuena had curled a shot just off target.

France were running hard but a moment of quality would put Germany ahead as Ozil split the defence to find Khedira who poked his shot past the goalkeeper.

Ribery blasted a shot straight at Adler with two minutes to go while Yohan Cabaye saw his close-range shot blocked with the last kick of the game as Germany secured victory.

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