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Höwedes the hero for Germany

Published: Thursday 16 October 2008, 0.45CET
France 0-1 Germany (agg:1-2)
Benedikt Höwedes scored in the 90th minute to send a jubilant Germany through to the final tournament and France crashing out in Metz.
by Christian Châtelet
Höwedes the hero for Germany
Benedikt Höwedes celebrate his winning goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FranceGermany

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target0
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Published: Thursday 16 October 2008, 0.45CET

Höwedes the hero for Germany

France 0-1 Germany (agg:1-2)
Benedikt Höwedes scored in the 90th minute to send a jubilant Germany through to the final tournament and France crashing out in Metz.

Benedikt Höwedes scored in the 90th minute to send Germany through to the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship and France crashing out following a breathtaking climax to their play-off in Metz.

Höwedes winner
France were on course to qualify on the away goals rule when Höwedes struck from close range to leave Erick Mombaerts's despondent side to reflect on a series of missed chances as they failed to qualify for the finals for the second successive tournament. A mistake by Manuel Neuer had resulted in Younes Kaboul scoring France's equaliser in the first leg in Magdeburg last Friday, but the goalkeeper made amends at the Stade Saint-Symphorien with a number of excellent saves to help Germany to the finals for the first time since 2006.

France in control
France controlled proceedings for much of the return match and were soon making opportunities. Loïc Rémy teed up Kaboul who shot wide early on then Jérémy Ménez drew a stop from Neuer, who was called into action again on 17 minutes to tip over Yohan Cabaye's free-kick. Kaboul had to make way for Yohan Benalouane after complaining of back pain and following the centre-back's departure Germany began to enjoy more freedom in attack – Askhan Dejagah and Mezut Özil both making an impression.

Neuer saves
The best chance of the half, though, fell to France, with Neuer touching Benalouane's powerful volley on to the crossbar ten minutes before the break. Trailing on away goals, Germany had to score to advance, but it was not until the 58th minute that they fashioned a clear opening. Dejagah shot low from the edge of the area and Hugo Lloris, back with the U21s after being recalled from the senior squad, tipped the ball away at full stretch.

Late strike
With one goal likely to decide the tie either way, nerves began to fray and, with 20 minutes left, visiting coach Dieter Eilts replaced Aaron Hunt with Toni Kroos as he looked to liven up his forward line. Still it was Les Bleuets who were the more creative outfit and, after 77 minutes, Neuer kept out close-range attempts from Romain Danzé and Rémy in quick succession. The decisive strike, though, came at the other end just when it seemed France had done enough to qualify – a cross from the left was headed by substitute Gonzalo Castro towards Höwedes who knocked the ball past Lloris to spark German celebrations.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.22CET

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Lineups

France

France

Germany

Germany

1
LlorisHugo Lloris (GK)
1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
2
DanzéRomain Danzé
3
BoenischSebastian Boenisch
3
N'ZogbiaCharles N'Zogbia
35
BoatengJérôme Boateng
Yellow Card24
Substitution59
4
KaboulYounès Kaboul
Substitution21
2
BeckAndreas Beck
5
BellaidHabib Bellaid
29
SchwaabDaniel Schwaab
6
MatuidiBlaise Matuidi
38
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes
Goal90
7
CabayeYohan Cabaye (C)
Substitution83
19
PolanskiEugen Polanski (C)
8
SissokoMoussa Sissoko
Yellow Card29
17
ÖzilMesut Özil
9
MénezJérémy Ménez
Substitution62
9
DejagahAshkan Dejagah
10
RémyLoïc Rémy
14
HuntAaron Hunt
Substitution70
11
MounierAnthony Mounier
37
SchindlerKevin Schindler
Substitution85

Substitutes

16
RiouRémy Riou (GK)
12
FromlowitzFlorian Fromlowitz (GK)
13
DigardDidier Digard
Substitution83
22
KruskaMarc-André Kruska
12
BenalouaneYohan Benalouane
Substitution21
Yellow Card84
36
BungertNiko Bungert
15
PayetDimitri Payet
39
KroosToni Kroos
Substitution70
14
CoutadeurMathieu Coutadeur
27
CastroGonzalo Castro
Substitution59
Yellow Card90+2
17
GameiroKevin Gameiro
23
HalfarDaniel Halfar
18
NimaniFrédéric Nimani
Substitution62
11
HenningsRouwen Hennings
Substitution85

Coach

Erick Mombaerts (FRA) Dieter Eilts (GER)

Referee

Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

Assistant referees

Nicola Nicoletti (ITA), Massimiliano Grilli (ITA)

Fourth official

Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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