Rapid-fire Florian Wirtz Speeds Germany To Victory Against France

Mar24,2024



Florian Wirtz scored his first international goal with a strike that will go down in the history books as his Germany team beat France 2-0 in an international friendly on Saturday. 20-year-old star Wirtz stunned the Lyon crowd to give Germany the lead seven seconds later, before Kai Havertz finished the contest just after half-time in an impressive display from the Euro 2024 hosts. Toni Kroos, playing in his first international match since 2021, received the ball from the kick-off and passed it to Leverkusen playmaker Wirtz.

Wirtz stepped forward and as he was not closed down, he unleashed a fierce dipping drive that left Bryce Samba glued to the spot as the ball flew under the crossbar with just seven seconds left on the clock.

Wirtz told German television channel ZDF, “I don't think anyone understood or realized what was happening. We were all quite surprised, but obviously very happy. You can't start a match better than that.” “

“But for it to work out so well and have a chance to score, it's great.”

Had it not been for Christoph Baumgartner's lightning strike seven seconds earlier on Saturday, Wirtz's goal would have equaled the record for the fastest recorded international goal – set by compatriot Lukas Podolski in 2013.

Four minutes after the break, Havertz gave the visitors a two-goal lead which they never looked like giving up.

Jamal Musiala was left with plenty of space in the box when Wirtz fed him a long pass and the Bayern Munich youngster rounded Samba before putting the ball on a plate for the onrushing Havertz.

France coach Didier Deschamps announced a change on the hour mark, but without Antoine Griezmann, who missed his first international since 2017, the hosts lacked an edge despite the presence of star striker Kylian Mbappe .

It was Julian Nagelsmann's charges that looked more likely to score the next goal, with Samba making only good saves to deny debutants Maximilian Mittelstaedt and Thomas Mueller.

France almost halved the deficit in the 88th minute when Mittelstaedt made a mistake on his own arm with a clearance, but Antonio Rüdiger was on hand to hack the ball off the line and VAR then ruled the ball inadmissible for handball inside the box. relaxed me.

“We can obviously be very satisfied. We have made some good steps forward, some important steps forward. These are the last few chances for us to get a little bit of experience for Euro 2024. We take that with us today. Will take, said the cross.

Both sides continue their preparations for this summer's European Championships, with France taking on Chile on Tuesday and Germany hosting old rivals the Netherlands.

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