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From Jeers To Cheers In 3 Days: Germany Beat France 2-1 In Friendly to End 5-Game Winless Streak

After a 1-4 loss to Japan on Saturday that cost Hansi Flick his job as coach, Germany turned it around spectacularly to beat World Cup runners-up France 2-1 on Tuesday.

Thomas Mueller celebrates after scoring the opening goal in Dortmund on Tuesday.
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In a dramatic turnaround from being booed by the crowd in a 1-4 loss to Japan on Saturday, Germany beat World Cup runners-up France 2-1 in a friendly on Tuesday. (More Football News)

The defeat against Japan had cost Hansi Flick his job as coach the following day.

The victory on Tuesday snapped the five-game winless streak for Germany in international football this year. Their last and only other win this year was back in March — a 2-0 conquest against Peru in a friendly.  

It also lifts some of the gloom around the team hosting the European Championship next year.

“We really threw ourselves into it and I think people saw that,” goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen told broadcaster ARD.

“These have been strange, difficult days and it was all the better that we could turn things around with the win. I think it gives us confidence and that was what we definitely need right now.”

Thomas Muller scored early on and Leroy Sane added a second on a late counterattack, ending the dismal run which led to Flick being ousted on Sunday.

The search is on for a new permanent coach ahead of games against the United States and Mexico next month.

Against France, Germany were coached by a three-person caretaker team including sporting director Rudi Voller.

He was Germany's coach when they reached the 2002 World Cup final but hadn't taken charge of any game for 18 years.

France had not conceded a goal in five games since losing the World Cup final to Argentina last year, but Germany scored in just the fourth minute.

Thomas Muller, brought back to the squad by Flick last week for the first time this year, controlled Benjamin Henrichs' cross and hammered the ball past goalkeeper Mike Maignan.

France could have had a penalty when Antonio Rudiger appeared to shove Randal Kolo Muani to the ground in the penalty area in the 20th, but the referee opted not to give it.

Aurelien Tchouameni had chances to score with two first-half headers at corners and a low shot in the 57th which was saved.

Sane made it 2-0 on a swift counter in the 87th but almost immediately gave away a penalty for a foul on Eduardo Camavinga. Antoine Griezmann converted the spot-kick.

On a night when Germany far surpassed expectations, there was concern over their captain, Barcelona midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, who went off injured in the 25th after landing heavily on his back following an aerial challenge.

(With AP inputs)

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