Bastian Schweinsteiger Handball Penalty Gives France 1-0 Lead


Another costly German handball. Bastian Schweinsteiger handled the ball in the area. France’s Antoine Griezmann converted the penalty with the last kick of the half to give Les Bleus a 1-0 lead.

That was the correct call. It was hard luck for Schweinsteiger. He was also asking for it with his arm in an unnatural position. Huge mistake for the German stalwart.

Germany withstood an early France barrage and dominated possession for much of the half. France scored. The French may need to get more pace up front and the more robust N’Golo Kante in central midfield if they want to hold the lead.