after a warm few months In the camp of the France national team, there were plenty of positives to pull off from France’s 2-0 win over Austria in Nations League Group A on Thursday.
a mighty strike from Kian Mbappe And a trademark header from Olivier Giroud was enough from Didier Deschamps to leapfrog Austria to the bottom of their Nations League group as the world champions attempt to avoid relegation in the competition after a disappointing campaign.
In front of a raucous Stade de France crowd, les bles Dominated from beginning to end.
In the second minute Mbappe disallowed a goal offside and Aurelian Tchoumeni came close twice in the first half.
The Real Madrid midfielder flew a long-range strike just above the bar in the 12th minute, and just after the half-hour mark, Tchoumeni came close to the goal of the year when his bicycle kick was tipped brilliantly. . Bar by Austrian debutant goalkeeper Patrick Pentz.
The home team’s dominance continued even after the break. mbappe Especially looking at his sensational best – and it was the Paris Saint-Germain forward who broke the deadlock in the 56th minute with a powerful drive from inside the box after a French counterattack.
Exactly 10 minutes later, Giroud sealed the win with a lovely glazing header from an Antoine Griezmann cross. The goal makes Giroud France’s oldest ever goalscorer at 35 years and 357 days, as well as taking Milan just two behind Thierry Henri’s all-time French record of 51.
Deschamps was excited about his team’s performance after the match.
He said, ‘We did what we had to do. “We had good intentions, everyone defended a lot, there are a lot of positives. The mindset was good, it was a great performance.”
And the former World Cup winner will need to take more and more positives.
Just a few months before the World Cup, the national side has been missing several players, including: Hugo Lloris, Rafael Varane, Paul Pogba, Ngolo Kante, Lucas and Theo Hernandez and Karim Benzema. Things took a turn for the worse when both Mike Megan and Jules Conde were forced to suffer injuries in the match.
The injury crisis is one of many problems facing Deschamps as he looks to retain the World Cup in Qatar.
only on Tuesdays, mbappe Some of the team refused to participate in a photoshoot with sponsors as part of an ongoing problem over the image rights. The Paris Saint-Germain star was eventually pacified after being promised and parted by the French Football Federation that they would look into the issue.
This – with the ongoing problems facing Pogba, whose brother was Detained for alleged extortion The Juventus midfielder – has put unnecessary pressure on France ahead of the World Cup, who will be one of the favorites to win.
Things haven’t been good on the field either. The Nations League champions had a terrific start in their group with only two draws and two losses in four matches before winning Thursday.
One point ahead of Austria in the relegation zone going into the final game of the group, France will be looking to build momentum from last night’s match as it heads to Denmark who are only one point behind group leader Croatia.
The world champion has had a rough year so far, but if he can end his World Cup preparations on the pitch on a positive note, perhaps his problems will fade off the pitch as well.