LIVE - Croatia-France: the Blues find the opening thanks to Rabiot

LIVE – Croatia-France: the Blues find the opening thanks to Rabiot

Konaté, Benzema and Coman warming up

Konaté could make his first appearance in blue tonight, like Kamara a few minutes ago.

Croatian Double Change

Brekalo and Majer leave their places to Orsic and Pasalic for the last half hour of play.

Kamara comes into play with the number 13

Nice wink for the Marseillais, who replaces Tchouaméni in midfield. Griezmann takes the place of Ben Yedder in attack.

Griezmann and Kamara set to enter

Kamara will celebrate his first selection with the France team.

Kimpembe relieves the defense

Facing Budimir, the French captain this evening releases a cross from the left which could be dangerous.

2nd goal by Rabiot in Blue

The midfielder had already scored last November in the 8-0 inflicted by the French team in Kazakhstan.


BEN YEDDER FINDS RABIOT PERFECTLY! Launched in depth by a pass from the left of the Monegasque, the midfielder of Juventus advances and finishes with the flat of the left foot against the Croatian goalkeeper. 1-0 for the French team.

Griezmann takes part in the warm-up

The number 7 of the Blues is doing well against Croatia, he may come into play in a few minutes.

Saliba taken by Budimir

The Croatian got the better of the French defender, author of a fault. Majer and Brekalo continue the action, but an offside is signaled.

Majer for Budimir!

The head of the Croatian striker narrowly misses Maignan’s goal, he had taken the best of the French defense.

Nkunku in good position

The former Parisian approaches the box but misses his dribble and can’t kick.

Here we go again

Croatia kick off the second half.

Deschamps at the microphone of M6

“Obviously there are no automatisms because the players haven’t played together a lot, but I like that quite well.”

Saliba and Kimpembe, culprits and saviors

The two centrals of the evening, they showed themselves to their advantage with decisive interventions. But more often than not, they were also at fault at the start of the action and only made up for their mistakes. They will have to correct that in the second half.

Ben Yedder very discreet in this first period

The opportunities for Les Bleus came from Diaby and Nkunku, the two former Parisians. The center forward of the evening was very little found and unable to get into a striking position for the moment.

It’s the break in Split

Halftime on the score of 0-0. The French team conceded some serious chances but could also have opened the scoring. The French defenders and the Croatian goalkeeper have ensured that the nets are not shaking at the moment.

Nkunku still in the duel

This time it is with Juranovic and it is the Frenchman who is sanctioned with a fault.

The Blues end this first period well

Series of corners for the France team.


Livakovic relaxes well on the Monegasque’s long shot. That’s two serious chances in seconds for the Blues, but still 0-0.


Again, it combines between Nkunku and Diaby. The Leverkusen striker finds himself facing the goal but his cross shot is repelled by the Croatian goalkeeper. The 1-0 was not far away!

The rhythm has dropped

Since the goal denied to Nkunku, the two teams have remained mainly in midfield. Few initiatives taken on either side.

The best French actions are tackles

It’s a bit the problem of this first half hour. Saliba, Kimpembe, Tchouaméni showed themselves with great defensive actions, but we expect just as much on the other side of the field.

VAR confirms offside

The VAR check took a few seconds, but Christopher Nkunku’s goal is well and truly disallowed.


Diaby finds Nkunku well behind the Croatian defense. The Leipzig striker stings the ball well and deceives the goalkeeper, but he is signaled in an offside position. The action was part of a very good recovery from Tchouaméni.

The Blues jostled

The France team hold the ball but haven’t created many chances. The situations are more on the Croatian side, even if Saliba and Kimpembe have saved the day each time.

Saliba at fault catches up

The Marseillais lost the ball near the surface in front of Kovacic, but he came back well afterwards and his risky sliding tackle allowed him to recover properly.

Nkunku for Tchouaméni!

Forgotten at the far post, the Monegasque is very close to taking back the indirect free kick taken by Nkunku. He missed a few centimeters.

Big fault on Nkunku!

Vida takes a yellow but it could have been worse. Nkunku was cut from behind, it could have been very dangerous.

Center of Tchouameni

It gives nothing. After a good start to the match, the Blues suffered a little more from the Croatian offensives.


Budimir slips to the limit of offside, advances and strikes from the left at six meters. He is countered by Kimpembe then Maignan, who deflects for a corner. The Croatian had the time and could have shifted a teammate. Big blow of heat for the Blues!

Modric finds Brekalo

The Real midfielder enjoys the opening, but his teammate completely misses his cross in one touch.


Budimir runs in the back of the tricolor defense, but before being able to challenge Maignan, he is taken back by a sliding tackle from William Saliba, imperial. The Arsenal defender is off to a great start.

Superb opening by Guendouzi

The Marseillais finds Diaby, who hooks in the area and deposits a cross towards Rabiot, narrowly deflected for a corner by Juranovic.

Worthy Chains Centers

The first does not find Diaby and the second, bound for Ben Yedder, is well deflected by the Croatian defense.

The Blues put their foot on the ball

Saliba does not hesitate to carry the ball to then try to find his midfielders. The France team is in a good phase of possession.

Good intervention from Kimpembe

The captain of the Blues, helped by Saliba, takes over the Croatian striker who has come to challenge the defense. The Croats have the ball in these first minutes. Corner conceded by Saliba.

Blues who must show themselves

In addition to having to raise their heads after the defeat against Denmark, several players must score points this evening. This is Guendouzi’s first tenure, the second for Saliba, Nkunku, Diaby and Maignan.

Let’s go to Split

The kick off is given by the France team. Both teams lost three days ago and want to come back.

150th selection for Modric

The 2018 Golden Ball, captain of Croatia, received a 150 flocked jersey for the occasion. He is the most capped player in his country.

The players enter the pitch

The hymns will be played, starting with the Marseillaise.

Konaté on the bench

Called for the first time, the Liverpool defender is on the bench and could play his first minutes tonight.

France unbeaten against Croatia

In 8 games against Croatia, the Blues have never lost. They won 6 times, including in the last 3 games, and conceded 2 draws.

Kimpembe, captain for the first time

Presnel Kimpembe will play his 27th match tonight with the France team jersey and will wear the captain’s armband for the first time in his career.

Tchouaméni, the only survivor of the match against Denmark

The Monegasque midfielder had been one of the few to survive in a meeting where the Blues had a lot of difficulties.

Croatia with Modric and Rennais Majer

Three days after a crushing defeat against Austria, Croatia are also making changes. Modric is this time titular and the defense is almost completely overhauled.

The composition of Croatia: Livakovic – Juranovic, Erlic, Vida, Barisic – Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic – Majer, Budimir, Brekalo.

The composition of the French team

As expected, Deschamps is going to make a big turnover this evening, with 10 changes compared to the match against Danermak (only Tchouaméni remains).

The Blues will also drop the 3-5-2 for a four-man defence.

Maignan – Pavard, Saliba, Kimpembe, Digne – Guendouzi, Tchouaméni – Diaby, Nkunku, Rabiot – Ben Yedder.

The probable composition of the Blues, with many changes

Maignan – Pavard, Saliba, Kimpembe – Clauss (or Coman), Digne – Guendouzi Tchouaméni – Griezmann, Nkunku, Ben Yedder.

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Towards a system change and a 4-man defense against Croatia?

Given the many absentees, Didier Deschamps could change the system and go back to a four-man defense.

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Kanté in the stands

Like Boubacar Kamara against Denmark, N’Golo Kanté is not on the list of 23 players provided by the French team to UEFA to face Croatia on Monday evening in Split.

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