France beat Germany 2-1 in the Nations League on Tuesday night thanks to a controversial penalty call which had Joachim Löw up in arms.
Joachim Löw was unequivocal in his assessment that France's decisive late penalty in their 2-1 Nations League win over Germany was the incorrect call. France came from behind at home thanks to a brace from Antoine Griezmann, after Toni Kroos had put Germany ahead early on from the spot.
Griezmann's decisive penalty came with 10 minutes remaining. Referee Milorad Mazic adjudged Mats Hummels to have brought down Matuidi in the box when replays showed no contract was made. Löw has no doubt France were lucky to get the decision, though he was generally content with his team's performance, adamant they were no worse than the world champions.
"It was not a penalty," Löw told ARD after the match. "Mats does not touch him. Matuidi steps on his foot. We were absolutely on par with the world champions, but we had to score a second goal in the first half. Unfortunately, we were not rewarded for a good game. If we were a bit smarter then we would've scored the second goal and won."
Changed Germany side
Germany went into the match on the back of a 3-0 defeat to Holland in the Nations League on Saturday, Löw making five changes to his starting XI. Despite the alterations, he was quick to insist his older players are not finished yet.
"The French did not cope with our setup in the first half," he added. "France had little access and we always found solutions. After the game against Netherlands, it was clear that we had to change something. If you want to be permanently successful, you need a good mix of older and younger players. The old players have not forgotten how to play football."