France is still looking for a first victory in this League of Nations. In Austria, the Blues showed two faces. Apathetic or even worrying, they left for the locker room with a goal behind, raising fears for the worst for the future. And then, Kylian Mbappé came into play and, once again, managed to transform the fate of a match by his talent alone. He could only snatch the equalizer (1-1), a lesser evil in terms of the face. But this small point taken remains insufficient, especially when you look at the ranking. France is indeed last in its group, and it will be imperative to win against Croatia on Monday evening.
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The French team is definitely going through a very complicated month of June, to be forgotten if we refer to the results, to be thrown away by being interested in the content. Faced with Austria, who made their match and for a long time believed in the hold-up, Didier Deschamps’ men were not very reassuring. And it was first the worst scenario that took shape, between the reflex stop of a Patrick Pentz in a state of grace against Karim Benzema (18th) and the opening of the score coming from a little nil. go. On a counter party from the right, Austria split a game of three full of composure to allow Andreas Weimann to plunge France a little more into doubt (1-0, 37th). A France that had not really shown an overwhelming superiority until then…
Close to a bar…
It is therefore an understatement to say that there was danger in the house for the Blues, feverish to defend the Austrian right lane and not helped in front by an Antoine Griezmann still inside. Fortunately, the reaction came anyway. During the second act, the players of Deschamps were much more biting. Benjamin Pavard was poorly paid on a nice shot from the right, stopped by Pentz (55th). In the process, Kingsley Coman missed the frame at close range, when he had done everything well on the action (56th). The threat loomed more and more for Austria. It definitely thickened as soon as Kylian Mbappé appeared, which put an end to Griezmann’s ordeal.
From his first shots, Mbappé immediately set the tone. We quickly felt that he wanted to take the Blues on his back to turn the tide, as he has done so much with PSG in recent months. The light came when a space opened up after a good raise from Ibrahima Konaté. Perfectly launched by Christopher Nkunku, Mbappé made his precision speak for equalizing (1-1, 83rd). He then almost offered himself a double, but Pentz was still successful on a light touch, failing on the bar (87th). He could also have afforded a decisive pass on a corner sent on Mattéo Guendouzi, who also stumbled on the goalkeeper of Austria. Mbappé did what he could, but he can’t always produce a miracle.
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Some may remember these few clear chances obtained after the break when Austria drew physically, while the Blues had to react. But this remains an insufficient performance for a team which is preparing to defend its title of world champion in a few months and which lifted the last edition of the League of Nations. We hope that France will master their subject much better on Monday, at home, against Croatia. It would indeed be fashionable to go on vacation with a little lighter spirit, in the wake of a success on which to capitalize to prepare Qatar for the start of the new school year.
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