Two goals in the final ten minutes of play gave France a lucky 2-2 draw against a solid East German side in their European Soccer Championship Group Seven match in Paris on Saturday (16 November).
GV East Germany lined up for kick off in white
GV Crowd and scoreboard
GV Start of match. East Germany kick off from left to right.
SV PAN France attacking, East Germans counter-attack
SV East Germany score first goal
GV Second half. East Germany attacking from mid-field and score second goal after long pass
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Background: Two goals in the final ten minutes of play gave France a lucky 2-2 draw against a solid East German side in their European Soccer Championship Group Seven match in Paris on Saturday (16 November).
The East Germans scored their first goal through Juergen Sparwasser in the first half. Their close-knit defense broke up the French attacks while the French line-up was unable to prevent the East Germans from storming around the goal area.
Right from the beginning of the second half the East Germans swept into the attack. Hans-Juergen Kreische scored their second goal in the fifty seventh minute of play. By then the French team looked tired and dispirited, but were encouraged by a home crowd of fifty First goal. This put new life into the French players and new cap Jean Gallice slammed home the equaliser just before the final whistle.
The result of the match leaves Belgium even stronger favourites to top Group Seven.
SYNOPSIS: The Parc des Princes football stadium in Paris was the scene of a European Championship match between France and East Germany on Saturday. Right from the kick-off, the East Germans in white shirts, took command by penetrating deep into the French half. The match was crucial for the final positioning of the Group Seven teams in the European Soccer Championship.
The East Germans didn't have things all their own way and the French players often tried to beat the German players at their own game of hard, accurate passes. But most of their attacks broke up against the solid German defence.
The German defence took the heart out of the French players who contented themselves with long shots. East Germany's first goal came in the twenty-fifth minute of play when striker Juergen Sparwasser slammed the ball into the French net.
East Germany's second goal scored by Hans-Juergen Keische came in the fifty seventh minute of play. The French players seemed tired and dispirited but were encouraged by the fifty-thousand home crowd. Two surprise goals in the final ten minutes of play gave them a draw with east Germany. But that leaves Belgium as strong favourites to top Group Seven of the European Soccer Championships.