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• This Group F opener is a repeat of the UEFA EURO 2016 semi-final, won 2-0 by France two years after Germany had beaten them in the last eight of the FIFA World Cup.
• Both teams have frequently featured in the knockout stages of recent editions of the UEFA European Championship, although with holders Portugal – who beat France in the 2016 final – also in Group F, the importance of a solid start will not be lost on either side.
• As defending world champions, France can become the first country to hold world and European titles at the same time twice, having ended Germany’s hopes of doing likewise in 2016.
• Two Antoine Griezmann goals settled the semi-final at the Stade Vélodrome on 7 July 2016, taking France into a final they would lose to Portugal after extra time.
• France and Germany have met three times since that UEFA EURO 2016 fixture, including their first ever encounter in Munich – a goalless draw in the UEFA Nations League on 6 September 2018, Les Bleus’ first outing since their World Cup triumph in Moscow.
• Griezmann again scored twice in the reverse fixture in that UEFA Nations League campaign, helping Les Bleus to a 2-1 win at the Stade de France on 16 October 2018. The France striker’s second goal, an 80th-minute penalty, proved decisive, an early Toni Kroos spot kick having given the visitors the lead.
EURO facts: France
• France reached their third UEFA European Championship final on home soil in 2016, only to lose 1-0 to Portugal after extra time at the Stade de France. That denied Les Bleus the chance to claim their third EURO title following their triumphs of 1984 and 2000.
• In 2016, Deschamps’ team had finished first in their group ahead of Switzerland, Albania and Romania before beating the Republic of Ireland 2-1 – their first EURO knockout win since 2000 – in the round of 16. Iceland (5-2) and Germany were then defeated only for Portugal to run out winners in Saint-Denis.
• Les Bleus responded to that disappointment by winning their second World Cup in 2018, defeating Croatia 4-2 in the final to add to their title from 20 years earlier.
EURO facts: Germany
• The Mannschaft are participating in their 13th successive EURO since missing out on the final tournament as West Germany in 1968, their first attempt.
• EURO winners in 1972, 1980 and 1996 – and three-time runners-up – Germany last missed out on the semi-finals in 2004, when they did not make it through the group stage. With three European titles, they are the competition’s joint record winners alongside Spain.
• The 2016 defeat by France was Germany’s eighth EURO semi-final and third defeat. The then-world champions had finished first in their section before beating Slovakia (3-0) and Italy (1-1, 6-5 pens) in the knockout rounds.
Latest news France
• World champions France warmed up for UEFA EURO 2020 with two 3-0 home wins, defeating Wales in Nice on 2 June and Bulgaria in Saint-Denis six days later. That made it 16 victories in their last 20 matches, during which they have only suffered one defeat – 0-2 at home to Finland in a Stade de France friendly on 11 November 2020.
• Antoine Griezmann has scored in Les Bleus’ last three matches to take his tally to 37 international goals – fourth on France’s all-time list and nine behind team-mate Olivier Giroud, who lifted his haul to 46, five behind record-holder Thierry Henry, with a late double against Bulgaria.
• Didier Deschamps’ experienced UEFA EURO 2020 squad includes two centurions in Giroud (108 caps) and captain Hugo Lloris (125). The 26 players collectively have 166 major tournament appearances and 27 goals between them.
Latest news Germany
• Germany’s two pre-UEFA EURO 2020 friendlies brought a 1-1 draw with Denmark in Innsbruck and a 7-1 romp against Latvia in Düsseldorf in which there were seven different goalscorers, the first of them, Robin Gosens, opening his account for the Mannschaft.
• Those two games were notable for the return of erstwhile stalwarts Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller, neither of whom had played for Germany since November 2018. Christian Günter had an even longer wait for a return to national colours, his second cap, as a substitute in the draw against Denmark, coming seven years after his first, while Kevin Volland’s appearance in Innsbruck was his first since November 2016.
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