Croatia-France: the bosses are always the Blues


It will therefore be necessary to reserve its evening of November 14, this Portugal-France in the form of the final of group 3 of the League of Nations, with the two teams in the lead with ten points. At the same time, in the evening, many French people risk having nothing more to do, watching football matches when the closing time for bars, cinemas and restaurants comes.

The dose of pleasure will decrease in eight large metropolises but there will always be the Blues to animate what can be. Like their exit this Wednesday in Zagreb, once again eventful and full of spice, with good periods, a disappearance and a miracle redemption. Aside from the deadly boredom of France-Portugal last Sunday, there is always something going on with these world champions or their replacements, Didier Deschamps having injected a good dose of relief at the kick-off, from Ferland Mendy to Anthony Martial in passing through Lucas Digne or Adrien Rabiot.

Looks like the Blues have anticipated the move, without yet understanding the legal time. At 9.45 p.m., they put a curfew on their intentions, when they returned from the locker room. So far, everything was going pretty well, with a sublime goal from Antoine Griezmann at the start, a potato under the bar (8th), an unblocked penalty on Martial (19th) and in the meantime a formidable one-two between Le Mancunien and Kylian Mbappé, oddly harvested with nothing by the world champion (15th).

It is because Deschamps’ men had regained consistency, with a Griezmann higher than Sunday, a more moving offensive animation and some good finds such as the often dangerous climbs of Mendy, the left side placed on the right, or the confirmation that Rabiot feels at ease in this team which he did not want to be one of the reservists two years ago. The break changed everything, at the same time as Zlatko Dalić made two entries including that of Mateo Kovačić.

Mbappé’s 16th goal with the Blues is timely

The partners of Hugo Lloris have continued to retreat, abandoning the offensive field to suffer several Croatian waves, carried by a hot public like the happy few happy to attend a football match in a pleasure that has become prohibited. It will be necessary to wait for a strike from Paul Pogba pushed back (77th) to see danger again. Eight minutes earlier, the inexorable came with the equalizer of Nikola Vlašić. When you play too much of an idiot, the punishment ends up falling.

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Deschamps’ coaching has brought order. Not immediately since he was very angry at the equalizer, probably in the direction of Steven Nzonzi and Eduardo Camavinga, passive on goal. But the entry of Pogba made it possible to find color with a second sublime goal, in three touches, from a long opening of the Mancunien in the feet of Digne centering of volley for the goal of Mbappé which falls right.

His 16th selection goal was harder to score than the one missed in the quarter hour. This is how football is and the Croats, defeated for the third time in a row and when they dominated and controlled the game, know better than anyone that it is the most stunning game in the world.



Half-time: 0-1

Referee: M. Kuipers (HOL)

Spectators: 7000

Goals. Croatia: Vlasic (64th). France: Griezmann (8th), Mbappé (79th)

Warnings. France: Digne (4th), Pogba (90 + 1); Croatia: Vlasic (5th), Uremovic (57th), Lovren (90 + 2)

France: Lloris (cap.) – F. Mendy, Varane, Lenglet, Digne (Hernandez, 82nd) ​​- Nzonzi, Tolisso (Camavinga, 63rd), Rabiot (Pogba, 74th), Griezmann (Giroud, 83rd) – Mbappé, Martial ( Coman, 63rd). Entr. : The fields

Croatia: Livakovic – Uremovic, Lovren, Vida, Barisic – Badelj (Kovacic, 46th), Modric (cap.) – Pasalic (Brekalo, 46th), Vlasic (Kramaric, 80th), Perisic (Bradaric, 78th) – Petkovic (Budimir, 61st)

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