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Germany come from behind to break French curse

Published on Feb 7, 2013 6:05 AM
Germany's midfielder Sami Khedira celebrates after scoring a goal during a friendly international football match between France and Germany on February 6, 2013 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, near Paris. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Real Madrid duo Mesut Oezil and Sami Khedira combined to devastating effect as Germany came from behind to beat France 2-1 in a heavyweight showdown here on Wednesday.

Khedira supplied Oezil and then got on the end of a brilliant return pass from the little playmaker before finishing past Hugo Lloris in the 74th minute to hand Germany their first victory over their neighbours since reunification.

The last time France had lost to a German team was back in 1987, when Rudi Voeller scored twice in a 2-1 West Germany victory.

It looked like Les Bleus' impressive run against their old foes would continue when Mathieu Valbuena headed the hosts in front at the Stade de France just before half time.

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