France caused something of an upset by defeating Germany 2-1 on the Germans own patch in Bremen on Wednesday.
The game's opening goal arrived in the 21st minute of the match through Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud. German defender Dennis Aogo was badly caught out by the run of Mathieu Debuchy allowing him to cut inside from the right far too easily. Debuchy then played a simple ball across the area for Olivier Giroud to slot home from 12 yards out.
Debuchy was again the architect as France doubled their lead in the 69th minute. Debuchy broke forward down the right once more and supplied a ball across the box that was begging to be converted. While Giroud was unable to take the first-time chance, Florent Malouda was on hand to stab the ball into the net with his weaker right foot.
As the game seemed to moving toward a comfortable French victory, Germany pulled a goal back in injury time. A neat German move saw Thomas Muller played in down the right side of the penalty area and he supplied a clever ball across the goal mouth that was converted by Cacau at the back-post.
The result will be a big boost to France coach Laurent Blanc as he tries to mold a side capable of being a force at Euro 2012 after the debacle of their 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign.
Only Spain are rated more highly than Germany in world football, so Blanc will hope his players take a significant confidence boost from the victory, especially having achieved it without the injured Real Madrid strike Karim Benzema.
Blanc will certainly be pleased that Benzema's replacement, Giroud was able to grab himself a goal early on in his international career.
While German coach Joachim Low will not be pleased, without several first team players through injury he is unlikely to read too much into the defeat.