France 2-1 Germany, Brazil 1-0 Argentina and more – as it happened

Germany slipped to a sixth defeat in 10 matches as Antoine Griezmann scored twice in Paris, while Miranda snatched victory for Brazil

Another unforgettable evening for Gibraltar, after earning history-making back-to-back wins following 22 straight defeats. They came from behind to edge out Liechtenstein at a rocking Victoria Stadium. Elsewhere, a wonderful Harry Wilson strike – a sumptuous free-kick – was the difference in Dublin. Thanks for joining and goodbye.


Germany, believe it or not, have lost six of their last 10 matches. They did not play like fallen giants in Paris nor are they in crisis, but three wins in 13 matches does not make good reading for few nations. Joachim Löw will again have to face the music, though the winner – a second-half penalty – looked a little unfair on Mats Hummels. Saying that, Germany’s first-half penalty was equally soft, after Kimpembe handled a low cross by the lively Leroy Sané.


Full-time results

Nations League

France 2-1 Germany
Rep of Ire 0-1 Wales
Ukraine 1-0 Czech Rep
Norway 1-0 Bulgaria
Slovenia 1-1 Cyprus
Armenia 4-0 Macedonia
Gibraltar 2-1 Liechtenstein
Latvia 0-3 Georgia


Brazil 1-0 Argentina
Belgium 1-1 Netherlands
Denmark 2-0 Austria
Sweden 1-1 Slovakia

GOAL! Denmark 2-0 Austria (Braithwaite, 90+2)

The Middlesbrough forward doubles his country’s lead.

Griezmann soaks up a standing ovation at the Stade de France, with the home supporters proceeding to belt out La Marseillaise. For Griezmann, another imperious performance and another two goals to add to the rest of them in a France shirt. Tanguy Ndombele, of Lyon, replaces him.


Dembélé almost makes an immediate impact for France, toe-poking goalwards from a corner. We’re into the final minute of normal time in Paris. Can Germany dig out a late leveller?


A France substitution: Ousmane Dembélé replaces Kylian Mbappé, who has been excellent. For Germany, Thomas Müller is on for his 98th cap. Elsewhere, Gibraltar are heading for consecutive wins, with just a couple of minutes to go against Liechtenstein.


GOAL! Slovenia 1-1 Cyprus (Skubic, 83)

The 10-man visitors eventually cave in, with Nejc Skubic finding an equaliser. Meanwhile, Slovakia have pulled level in Sweden.

GOAL! France 2-1 Germany (Griezmann, 80 pen)

Suddenly, the world champions are in front. Griezmann sends Neuer the wrong way, after the award of another fairly soft penalty. It was a strange one; Matuidi strides through towards goal, but it looks as though the France midfielder actually slips on Hummels, who had gone to ground. Still, Griezmann, who has his – and his country’s – second of the evening, will not care an inch. France lead in Paris. It is an odd thing to say, but Germany are staring at a sixth defeat in 10 games, a third loss in five. Whatever next?

Neuer goes the wrong way.
Neuer goes the wrong way. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images


Penalty to France! It’s a coming together between Matuidi and Hummels ...

Julian Draxler replaces Leroy Sané for Germany. Meanwhile, Cyprus are down to 10 men against Slovenia, with young Juventus defender Grigoris Kastanos sent off after two bookings. In that high-profile friendly in Brussels, Roberto Martínez made a triple change at the interval, with Thorgan Hazard replacing his brother, Eden, and Batshuayi replacing Lukaku. It’s still 1-1 there.


Serge Gnabry lets fly from the edge of the box with a stinging strike, but it was fairly comfortable for Hugo Lloris to palm away with both hands. The game has hotted up since that leveller. It feels as though there’s a winner in this, as Lucas Hernández again marauds down the left before almost picking out Giroud in the middle. We’re in for a big finish in Paris.

GOAL! Gibraltar 2-1 Liechtenstein (Chipolina, 67)

Joseph Chipolina, who scored the only goal of the game against Armenia on Saturday, finds the net once more. They could be heading for historic back-to-back competitive wins.

GOAL! Republic of Ireland 0-1 Wales (Wilson, 58)

And it’s another stunning free-kick by Harry Wilson, the hugely talented Liverpool youngster. Meanwhile, Georgia are 3-0 up in Latvia. For more on that Wilson strike, join Simon Burnton:

Wales’ Harry Wilson curls in the free-kick.
Wales’ Harry Wilson curls in the free-kick. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO/REX/Shutterstock


GOAL! France 1-1 Germany (Griezmann, 62)

The world champions have an equaliser, with Antoine Griezmann steering home a marvellous header. It’s a fizzed in ball by Lucas Hernández, the full-back, but rather than attempt to bring it down or take a touch, Griezmann glances his header into the far corner of Neuer’s goal. The Stade de France erupts. The hosts needed that.

France’s Antoine Griezmann glances his header into the far corner of Neuer’s goal.
France’s Antoine Griezmann glances his header into the far corner of Neuer’s goal. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters


Full-time: Brazil 1-0 Argentina

Peeeeep, peeeeep, peeeep! And that’s that in Jeddah.

GOAL! Brazil 1-0 Argentina (Miranda, 90+3)

A late, late winner? Neymar tees up Miranda, and the defender crashes home his corner deep into four added minutes. He wheels away after netting his third goal for his country, as Neymar drops to his knees. He’s not going to, is he? He’s going to cry, isn’t he?

Neymar and Firmino celebrate with a trophy after beating Argentina.
Neymar and Firmino celebrate with a trophy after beating Argentina. Photograph: Waleed Ali/Reuters


GOAL! Sweden 1-0 Slovakia (Guidetti, 53)

John Guidetti opens the scoring in Stockholm.

Kylian Mbappé leaps on to a weighted through ball, is one-on-one with Manuel Neuer but the Germany goalkeeper gets his left boot on his strike. The Paris Saint-Germain winger’s pace has caused Germany all manner of headaches, with Bayern Munich’s Niklas Süle the latest defender to be left in a spin.



The second halves are back under way across the continent. Ireland v Wales is a dismal game, but you can follow that with Simon Burnton, if you so wish. Meanwhile, Brazil and Argentina are still level-pegging at 0-0 with six minutes to play.


There is, of all things, a Watford theme running through the substitutions in Jeddah, with Richarlison, now of Everton, replacing Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Pereyra on for Argentina. Brazil have just come closest to scoring, with Arthur’s powerful effort kept out by Sergio Romero. There are 15 minutes of normal time remaining in Saudi Arabia. Penalties are looming.


Half-time scores

Nations League

France 0-1 Germany
Rep of Ire 0-0 Wales
Ukraine 1-0 Czech Rep
Norway 1-0 Bulgaria
Slovenia 0-1 Cyprus
Gibraltar 0-1 Liechtenstein
Latvia 0-2 Georgia


Belgium 1-1 Netherlands
Denmark 1-0 Austria
Sweden 0-0 Slovakia

GOAL! Ukraine 1-0 Czech Republic (Malinovsky, 45)

A goal on the brink of the interval.

A gentle reminder that, as we stand with 25 minutes of normal time remaining, Argentina and Brazil are heading for penalties in Jeddah. They are competing for the so-called superclásico, with the winner awarded a trophy to boot.

Kylian Mbappé almost latches on to Griezmann’s cute dink into the box! But there is Manuel Neuer to gather and take the sting out the attack. This has proved entertaining, end-to-end fare.


GOAL! Slovenia 0-1 Cyprus (Papoulis, 37)

The hosts trail in Ljubljana.

Brazil blink first against Argentina, with Fabinho replacing Danilo, presumably a forward-thinking reshuffle by Tite. It has been a fairly low-key affair in Jeddah, with a Neymar offside about as exciting as things have got. Half an hour to play there.


GOAL! Norway 1-0 Bulgaria (M Elyounoussi, 31)

Mohamed Elyounoussi, the Southampton winger, opens the scoring. He has made an indifferent start to life in the Premier League. Back in Paris, Germany carve open the French defence once more, with Leroy Sané’s cross almost diverted goalwards by Kimpembe. Lloris collects, and France breathe again.

Hugo Lloris catches the ball under pressure.
Hugo Lloris catches the ball under pressure. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images


GOAL! Denmark 1-0 Austria (Lerager, 29)

Lukas Lerager puts the Danes in front. Meanwhile, Georgia have doubled their lead over Latvia in Riga, thanks to Valeriane Gvilia.


GOAL! Belgium 1-1 Netherlands (Groeneveld, 28)

The Dutch have pulled level through the Club Brugge winger Arnaut Groeneveld in Brussels.

France are at sixes and sevens defensively! Germany could well be three-nil up. A routine corner pinballs around the box and almost ends up bumbling beyond Lloris, but France hack it clear. They need to just gain some kind of grip on a game, which is really getting away from them. And now Leroy Sané wins another corner; the Manchester City winger is finding plenty of joy against Benjamin Pavard, the full-back.

Germany really should have doubled their lead – but Leroy Sané overcooked his pass in for Timo Werner. They were 2v1 against the France defence, after a swift move upfield. But the pass is poor, and Lloris comes rushing out of goal to poke the ball away. France, after such a promising start, look vulnerable on the counter.


GOAL! Gibraltar 0-1 Liechtenstein (Salanovic, 15)

Dennis Salanovic puts the visitors in front. In Jeddah, Argentina and Brazil head down the tunnel level at the interval. It’s 0-0 there.

GOAL! France 0-1 Germany (Kroos, 14 pen)

Kroos gives Germany an early lead against the world champions. His spot-kick brushed beyond the fingertips of Lloris and in. The penalty was given after Leroy Sané got to the byline and Presnel Kimpembe handled, albeit from a yard or two away. Paul Pogba had surrendered possession in the buildup on halfway.

Toni Kroos just beats Lloris from the spot.
Toni Kroos just beats Lloris from the spot. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters


Penalty to Germany! Handball seems a little harsh, but Toni Kroos will take ...

GOAL! Latvia 0-1 Georgia (Kankava, 8)

Jaba Kankava opens the scoring.

GOAL! Belgium 1-0 Netherlands (Mertens, 6)

A wonderful volley beyond Cillessen. Down the road from Brussels, France have made a frenetic start against a Germany side clearly short on confidence. Griezmann has already fired wide after good work by Giroud, while Mbappé just raided down the right as if Nico Schulz wasn’t there.



All of the 7.45pm-ers are under way.

In Paris, the national anthems are being belted out with gusto. Addicted to Löw? Germany simply must show what they are made of against the world champions. In Saudi Arabia, where Argentina are taking on Brazil, Paolo Dybala has just rattled a free-kick just wide. Miranda, meanwhile, had an effort deflected wide.


Full-time: Scotland U21 0-2 England U21

Two stunning strikes, from Kieran Dowell, of Everton, and Reiss Nelson, the Arsenal forward on loan at Hoffenheim, see Aidy Boothroyd’s side breeze to victory at Tynecastle. Ryan Sessegnon and Phil Foden were second-half substitutes for England, who comfortably top 2019 European Championship qualifying Group D. Your wingers don’t like him, Wan-Bis-sa-ka, Wan-Bis-sa-ka ...

Wan-Bis-sa-ka, Wan-Bis-sa-ka!


For the first time in almost 40 years, women were allowed to attend a football match in Tehran. Iran beat Bolivia 2-1 at the Azadi Stadium, but what happened on the pitch was largely immaterial. A select group of women – reportedly family of some of the players and officials – witnessed Brighton’s record-signing, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, open the scoring before Mehdi Torabi’s winner.

Iranian women watch the match between Iran and Bolivia in Tehran.
Iranian women watch the match between Iran and Bolivia in Tehran. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images


Norway take on Bulgaria, who have won all three of their Nations League matches, including a win over the hosts in Sofia last month. In Oslo tonight, Joshua King, the Bournemouth striker leads the line, flanked by a couple of Elyounoussis: Tarik and Mo. Cousins, the latter belongs to Southampton, the former AIK. Sticking with Saints, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg starts for Denmark, who remain without the injured Christian Eriksen.


Full-time: Armenia 4-0 Macedonia

Henrikh Mkhitaryan capped an easy victory late on, as the hosts bounced back from that shock defeat against Gibraltar on Saturday.

Madagascar made a little history earlier, by sealing their spot at the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time. A 1-0 win over Equatorial Guinea, thanks to a strike by Njiva Rakotoharimalala secured qualification for the island nation. They top Group A ahead of 2002 runners-up Senegal, who play Sudan tonight. Next summer’s competition will take place in Cameroon.


Team news!

Brazil: Alisson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Miranda, Filipe Luis; Arthur, Casemiro, Coutinho; Jesus, Firmino, Neymar

Argentina: Romero; Saravia, Otamendia, Pezzella, Tagliafico; Lo Celso, Battaglia, Paredes; Dybala, Icardi, Correa

France: Lloris; Pavard, Kimpembe, Varane, Lucas; Kante, Pogba, Matuidi; Mbappe, Giroud, Griezmann

Germany: Neuer; Kehrer, Hummels, Sule, Ginter; Kimmich, Kroos, Schulz; Sane, Werner, Gnabry

Belgium: Mignolet; Alderweireld, Boyata, Denayer; Castagne, Tielemans, Witsel, Chadli; Mertens, Lukaku, Hazard

Netherlands: Cillessen; Dumfries, De Ligt, De Vrij, Ake; Van de Beek, Blind, Strootman; Promes, Depay, Danjuma

Republic of Ireland: Randolph; Doherty, Duffy, Long, Keogh, Christie; Arter, Hendrick; McClean, O’Brien, Robinson

Wales: Hennessey; Roberts, Chester, Williams, Davies; Allen, Smith; Lawrence, Wilson, Brooks; Roberts

... starts in Saudi Arabia.
... starts in Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Waleed Ali/Reuters


Tonight's menu!

Nations League

France v Germany
Republic of Ireland v Wales
Ukraine v Czech Republic
Norway v Bulgaria
Slovenia v Cyprus
Armenia v Macedonia
Gibraltar v Liechtenstein
Latvia v Georgia
Kazakhstan 4-0 Andorra


Brazil v Argentina (7pm)
Belgium v Netherlands
Denmark v Austria
Sweden v Slovakia

(All kick-offs 7.45pm BST unless stated)



This should be tasty. First and foremost, how on earth will Germany respond to Saturday’s spanking by the Netherlands? By dispatching world champions in front of a sold-out Stade de France? We will have to wait and see. All eyes are, of course, on Joachim Löw with his team weak at the knees, barely a shadow of their old selves. They are seemingly still reeling from a premature group-stage exit in Russia and have won just three of their past 12 matches. Löw, though, is doing his best to put on a brave face. “Of course this defeat was painful for all of us,” he said. “At the same time, it’s not really surprising. After the World Cup, we started a process in which we knew there would be defeats.” And not only do we have another round of Nations League bingo – painful Irish possession, Wales without Gareth Bale and Gibraltar intent on adding another chapter to their fairytale – there is a whole dose of friendly, good-natured action too; Brazil take on Argentina (in Jeddah), Belgium play host to the Dutch, plus Denmark and Sweden are both in action. Team news will be upon us shortly, but one Frenchman definitely won’t be involved: