Football world champions France came from behind to beat Germany 2-1 in the Nations League. But under fire for a string of defeats, Germany coach Joachim Löw had radically switched his tactics, and his side at least showed some improvement.
After the win over heavyweights Saudi Arabia, tiny Qatar look a real threat in the knockout stages of the Asian Cup. The success of the 2022 World Cup hosts comes despite a regional trade blockade and power struggle.
This year has largely been one to forget for Germany and, as winter arrived, Joachim Löw and his side showed their quality, but also their frailty. There’s much to take from Monday's game, but also much to learn.
Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng will be absent for Germany's upcoming clashes with Russia and the Netherlands. Both Löw and Boateng cited the experienced defender's fitness levels as the reason for the omission.
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