Antonio Rüdiger had promised to play “dirty”. In the 45th minute of France-Germany, the German defender bit Paul Pogba in the back. The gesture is clearly visible in the images. The Frenchman had a reaction of pain. The arbitrator did not intervene.
Faced with the attackers of the France team, we should not hesitate to play “dirty” to “send a message as quickly as possible”, warned Antonio Rüdiger. On the pitch of the Allianz Arena, the German defender, as promised, was not very kind.
Just before the break (45th), and while France, ahead of the score, was preparing to play an excellent touch near the opposing penalty area, Rüdiger slipped into the back of Paul Pogba to bite him in upper back. The French midfielder reacted directly, in pain, and immediately complained to the fourth referee, who was looking in his direction. In vain.
Rüdiger escapes sanction
The touch was played by Benjamin Pavard, in the direction of Paul Pogba, precisely, who was signaled in an offside position. Which had the gift of annoying the French. But his anger directed at the linesman didn’t change the story, and Rüdiger got away without warning.
Portugal launched its Euro in Group F
The France team enters the competition this Tuesday at the Euro by challenging Joachim Löw’s Germany in a very tough group F, which saw Portugal difficultly defeat Hungary (3-0) earlier in the evening . The top of the day is a gala poster between the 2018 world champions and their predecessors in 2014, ejected in the first round of the last World Cup in Russia, won by the France team three years ago.
The French must finish in the top two of Group F to be certain of reaching the round of 16. Third place can also be qualifying, depending on their performance.