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The world champion has no place in the relegation zone. France beat Austria and left the last place in the group

Date: October 2, 2022 Time: 20:03:26


Didier Deschamps has never been in this position in his 10 years with the French national team. You can say all you want that the League of Nations is a tournament of passes for the tops, but two points in four days and the risk of relegation from League A, with Croatia, Denmark and Austria as rivals, is too much.

And here the mentor in the last home game of the campaign also lost a whole group of players who would be enough for a full squad: Hugo Lloris, Luca and Theo Hernandez, Ibrahim Konate, Presnel Kimpembe, Luca Digne, Paul Pogba, Ngolo Kante, Adrien Rabiot, Boubacar Camara, Kingsley Coman and Karim Benzema.

The world champions have enough artists to make a powerful team even in such a situation, but you have to admit that seeing Benoit Badiashile, Jonathan Kloss and Yusuf Fofan is too unusual.

The Russian fans also have a special attitude towards the Austrian team, as they have recently been coached by the railwaymen’s favorite Ralf Rangnick. Under his leadership, the Austrians defeated Croatia on the road and did not lose at home to the French, that is, they scored four points in the matchup with two finalists of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.


The hosts knocked on Patrick Pentz’s door already in the second minute, but Kylian Mbappe, collecting the ball before the decisive shot, ran from the offside position, so the goal was not counted. Although it created the appropriate environment for the French. They burst into the rival area not only with the attacking trio of Kylian Mbappe – Antoine Griezmann – Olivier Giroud, but in general with almost all the outfield players.

The guests did not get anything right in the counterattack game, but used Diego Simeone’s favorite 4-4-2 quite effectively in the defensive phase. On the fringes, the French had no advantage because Ferland Mendy and Kloss acted here only on the side. As a result, they always huddled in the center, where it was even more difficult to pass.

However, the hero of the first half was the 25-year-old Reims Penz goalkeeper, who played only his fourth game for the national team. Then he owns a crazy double save closer to halftime, when Tchuameni turned around the crossbar and then covered Griezmann’s shot from point-blank range. As a result, after 45 minutes, Deschamps’ charges had 15 (!) goals, and zeros were still on the scoreboard.


At the beginning of the second half, it seemed that the Austrians were even beginning to move the game a little away from their goal, but they burned with this. Marcel Zabitzer unsuccessfully handled the ball in his own half of the field and provoked a counterattack. She didn’t look mortal. Mbappe did just that, blasting his way past four (!) defenders and hitting hard in the middle.

From that moment on, the guests had nothing to protect, and Rangnick replaced both attackers, moving to 4-2-3-1: Christoph Baumgartner appeared and began to play a little deeper, but the extreme midfielders had to come up. higher. True, the Austrians did not have time to rebuild. Clever Griezmann calmly waited for the free zone to appear down the right flank and served superbly at the goalkeeper line, where the king of the second floor, Olivier Giroud, easily outplayed his opponent. This is his 49th goal for the national team.

I was impressed by Griezmann’s role today. He formally placed himself below the attackers, but in positional attacks he appeared everywhere, even in the support zone, when it was necessary to create a majority. Deschamps continues to give the most intelligent attacking player on his team as much freedom as possible, and continues to justify trust, acting almost unerringly.

As a result, France won a landslide victory and got out of the back line. It is true that they are not yet immune to relegation, as in the final round they will visit the Danes, who are highly motivated after the defeat in Zagreb, while the Austrians in Vienna will do their best to overcome the leaders of the Croatian group.

The League of Nationsleague 15th day of the group

France – Austria – 2:0 (0:0)

goals: Mbappe, 56 – 1:0. Giroud, 65 – 2:0.

France: Menian (Areola, 46), Kunde (Saliba, 23), Varane, Badyashil, Kloss, Tchuameni, Fofana, F. Mendy, Griezmann (Dembele, 79), Giroud (Nkunku, 79), Mbappé (Colo Muani, 90+2 ) ).

Austria: Penz, Trimmel, Linhart, Alaba (Posch, 70), Weber, Sabitzer (Schmid, 69), Schlager, Seiwald, Wyman (Lubicic, 50), Arnautovic (Gregorich, 64), Onisivo (Baumgartner, 64).

warnings: Weimann, 38.

Referee: Ekberg (Sweden).

Source: www.sovsport.ru

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