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Pavard’s exclusive recipe. France beat Ireland thanks to a goal from a defender

Date: June 3, 2023 Time: 10:41:46


If the world runners-up have already played a match in the European Championship team (4:0 with the Netherlands), then for the Irish this match was the initial one. The combination of this fact with the level of the rival raised the status at the national level, as evidenced by the arrival of the country’s president, Michael Higgins, a charming 81-year-old grandfather who has held the position since 2011. Before the game, he went down to the field and joyfully shook everyone’s hand.

The national team of Ireland can be called a small team of England. In the sense that only one player from their main team plays outside of the English leagues: Atlético Madrid defender Matt Doherty. That is, despite the fact that Irish football is rarely represented in the final rounds of the World and European Championships, the players of the national team are highly qualified.

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The French, however, were more interested in Didier Deschamps’s decision to release, along with the brilliantly played match with the Netherlands, Randal Colo Muani, a clean striker Olivier Giroud. And this is a very logical move. The young forward has a million advantages, but it is difficult to call him a goalscorer, so he started this game on the right flank of the attack.


Both teams have opted for a wait-and-see style of play. The Irish initially understood how strong the opponent was, therefore, in addition to the three central defenders and, accordingly, the two wingers, even the nominal insider Chidozi Ogbene periodically fell along this line. That is to say, the Irish did not hesitate to defend themselves in six defences. The idea is clear, because the guests concentrated on attacking on their left flank, where Kylian Mbappé was supported by Theo Hernández.

The French also did not rush. An indicative episode happened in the first half of the half. The ball rolled towards Greens goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu and he froze in place, waiting for all the teammates to come back and split up, but the French didn’t even hint at pressure to hurry up or try to get the goalkeeper to make a mistake.

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It is clear that the British defended with the entire composition, but still the French lacked movement speed due to their own style of play. In many ways, they trusted Antoine Griezmann. In the first half there was an attack, during which the playmaker slowly ran from his own third of the field into someone else’s, constantly receiving the ball from teammates and moving it further, after which he ran, received again and searched for a new recipient. . Naturally, the owners easily had time to block all the zones.

As a result, the first half passed with absolute territorial advantage of the tricolors, but without the slightest sharpness of moments. The hope was just a long-distance shot, a pitch to a pile, or a standard, but it didn’t come to fruition.


In the second half, the Irish hoped to continue practicing the football that suited them, but after five minutes the situation changed. Josh Cullen, in front of his penalty area, carelessly yielded to Jason Knight, and Benjamin Pavard read the pass, moved ahead of his opponent and struck into the far corner. The ball sank from the crossbar into the net.

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Interestingly, Ireland did not react to the change in situation. Yes, the hosts began to go a little more actively to the national team and a little more to the players, to someone else’s half of the field, but in general they still acted rather timidly. Only Ogbene stood out, who periodically made life difficult for Theo Hernández and sharpened him a couple of times due to a good vision of the field.

Deschamps also tried not to make sudden moves, converting only one substitution: instead of Giroud, who had slept for 65 minutes, Moussa Diaby came on. Colo Muani went to the center of the attack, and the newcomer took his position on the right. This move was meant to take advantage of a little more leanness in the opponent’s midfield. The attack has become more flexible and variable, because everyone in the top three can easily switch places with their partners.

In the end, the Irish were strong enough to cause problems for the guests by increasing activity on the flanks (Mick Menyan twice slipped the ball under the bar), but not enough to prevent defeat. Thus, France added two victories at the start of the qualifying phase with a goal difference of 5-0, and Ireland did not add points in the most difficult game of the cycle. In the third round, the Greens go to Greece and the French go to Gibraltar.

European Championship. qualifying stage. 2nd round

Ireland – France – 0:1 (0:0)

Goal: Pawar, 50.

Republic of Ireland: Bazunu, Collins, Egan, O’Shea (Brown 78), Coleman, Maulambi (Obafemi 86), Cullen, Doherty (McLean 77), Knight (Johnston 77), Ogbene, Ferguson (Ayda 65).

France: Meignan, Pavard (Kunde, 81), Conate, Yupamecano, Theo Hernandez, Camavinga, Rabiot (Tchouameni, 81), Griezmann, Colo Mouani (M. Thuram, 90+3), Mbappé, Giroud (Diaby, 65).

Warnings: Pawar, 22. Doherty, 65. Molumby, 77. Ayda, 88. Egan, 90.

Referee: Dias (Portugal).

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