As the highest ranked team at the time of the draw, Germany were placed in Group 1 of League A (Group A1). France were then from drawn pot ranked 5-8, and the Netherlands from the pot ranked 9-12. The Nationalmannschaft would kick off the league phase of the tournament on 6th September 2018, in Munich against new World Champions France.
Match Results and Details
v France, Allianz Arena, München, 06.09.2018
Team: Neuer (c) – Ginter, Boateng, Hummels, Rüdiger – Kimmich – Goretzka (66. Gündoğan), Kroos – Müller, Reus (83. Sané) – Werner
v Netherlands, Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam, 13.10.2018
Team: Neuer (c) – Ginter, Boateng, Hummels, Hector – Kimmich – Can (57. Draxler), Kroos – Müller (57. Sané), Werner – Uth* (68. Brandt)
0-1 From a Memphis Depay corner, Dutch striker Ryan Babel beat Jonas Hector in the air. Babel’s crashes against the underside of the crossbar, and Manuel Neuer is hopelessly out of position. The German ‘keeper gets back up quickly, but can only flap at the ball as Oranje skipper Virgil van Dijk is first to the rebound to head the hosts in front.
0-2 Sub Julian Draxler needlessly gives the ball away, and the home side quickly make their way into the German half. Mats Hummels is out of position, and sub Quincy Promes picks out Depay. Neuer attempts to close down the Dutch striker, but Depay bundles the ball into the back of the net through the legs of the ‘keeper.
0-3 Deep into additional time, Draxler gives the ball away again. Georginio Wijnaldum executes the perfect finish after collecting Daley Blind’s pass, drilling the ball past Neuer and into the bottom left-hand corner after dancing with embarrassing ease past a static Jérôme Boateng.
v France, Stade de France, Saint-Denis, 16.10.2018
Team: Neuer (c) – Kehrer, Süle, Hummels – Ginter (83. Brandt), Schulz – Kimmich, Kroos – Gnabry (88. Müller), Werner, Sané (75. Draxler)
1-0 After harsh call against Presnel Kimpembe for handball as he attempts to block a cross from Leroy Sané, Germany are awarded a penalty. Toni Kroos steps up, and looks to guide the ball into the bottom right-hand corner with his right foot. It is just about good enough. French ‘keeper Hugo Lloris gets a hand to it, but can only help into into the net.
1-1 Paul Pogba finds Lucas Hernández to his left, and Antoine Griezmann is waiting by the penalty spot to meet the cross. His header looks almost impossible, but is perfectly guided with a well-timed flick into the top right hand corner. Manuel Neuer flies high to his left, but is left clutching at thin air.
1-2 Mats Hummels is penalised in the box for a challenge on Blaise Matuidi, after the Frenchman seems to trip over his own feet before actually treading on the defender’s foot on the way down. Griezmann strokes the ball into the right side of the net, as Neuer dives he wrong way.
v Netherlands, Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, 19.11.2018
League Phase Group A1 Table
Other Results: France 2-1 Netherlands.
Goals Summary: Kroos (1). Total 1.