Germany woes continue

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October 17, 2018
Germany's head coach Joachim Loew reacts as he watches his players during a UEFA Nations League soccer match between France and Germany at Stade de France stadium in Saint Denis, north of Paris, yesterday.

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Germany is out of contention for another international trophy after France handed Joachim Loew's struggling team its latest loss on Tuesday.

The balance of power in European football is swinging even further away from the 2014 World Cup champion since their poor title defence in Russia.

World Cup winner France rallied for a 2-1 win in the UEFA Nations League against Germany, which fell to a fourth loss in their last six competitive games.

The result means Germany, eliminated in the World Cup group stage in Russia, cannot advance to the Final Four tournament in June for the Nations League top-tier group winners.

Antoine Griezmann struck twice in the second half a precisely guided header in the 62nd and a penalty in the 80th to take France's unbeaten streak to 15 games and extend its lead in Group 1 of League A.

Germany also risks an embarrassing relegation to the second-tier League B when they finish the group programme against the Netherlands on Nov. 19.

Elsewhere in the Nations League, Ukraine won promotion to League A by beating the Czech Republic 1-0 in Group 1 of the second tier.

Ukraine, coached by former star forward Andriy Shevchenko, also improved its chances of qualifying for the 2020 European Championship. Nations League group winners are assured of a place in the playoffs for the Euros, if they don't qualify directly.

UEFA created the Nations League to replace most international friendly games, though Belgium's schedule was free yesterday to host the neighbouring Netherlands in a 1-1 draw in Brussels.

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