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11.12.2005

Ballack brights in Germany - France draw

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Germany held France to a goalless match in a tense friendly game played at the Stade de France. The encounter result yesterday means Germany are still chasing their first win over top-class international opposition since beating England 1-0 at Wembley more than five years ago. France remained undefeated after 17 games under Raymond Domenech, who took over as coach following their quarter-final exit at Euro 2004.

The teams played conservatively and there were few thrills for the crowd on a chilly evening in the French capital.

Jens Lehmann was tested early by his Arsenal clubmate Thierry Henry, who had linked up well with David Trezeguet on the edge of the penalty area, but Henry’s shot lacked his usual clinical touch. France’s best chance of a poor opening half came from a long ball by Lilian Thuram which Henry controlled brilliantly on his chest, creating dangerous space between the German central defenders before he fired his shot wide.