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

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Rangnik gifted the pendant champion

Didier Deschamps has never held this position in his 10 years with the France national team. You could say the League of Nations is a pass competition for the top, but two points in four days and the threat of an exit from League A with Croatia, Denmark and Austria as rivals is too high.

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

Even so, the world champions have enough players to make a formidable team, but you have to admit that Benoit Badiashile, Jonathan Kloss and Youssouf Fofan are very unusual.

Russian fans also have a special perspective on the Austrian team, as they have recently been coached by railway favorite Ralf Rangnik. Under his leadership, the Austrians beat Croatia on the road and went undefeated against the French at home, meaning they picked up four points in their two final matchups at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Griezmann did not mark

The hosts knocked on the door through Patrick Pentz in the second minute, but Kylian Mbappe ran from an offside position to collect the ball before the decisive shot, so the goal was disallowed. Although he created the perfect atmosphere for the French. They beat not only the attacking trio of Kylian Mbappe – Antoine Griezmann – Olivier Giroud in the opposition area, but almost all the outfield players in general.

The visitors found nothing in counter-attacking play, but used Diego Simeone’s favored 4-4-2 effectively in the defensive phase. On the fringes, the French had no advantage as Ferland Mendy and Klose only worked in the flanks here. As a result, they were always stuck in the middle, where it was more difficult to move.

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. He then had a crazy double save near halftime when Tchuameni rounded the crossbar and covered Griezmann’s shot from point-blank range. As a result, after 45 minutes, Deschamps’ charges had 15 (!) goals and still zero on the scoreboard.

Bleppe jump, big jump

At the start of the second half, it looked like Austria were starting to take the game a little further away from their target, but they burned with it. Marcel Zabitzer unsuccessfully handled the ball in his own half and counterattacked. She did not look mortal. Mbappé did just that, beating four (!) defenders and firing a powerful shot into the middle.

From that point on, the visitors had nothing to defend, and Rangnik replaced both attackers, switching to a 4-2-3-1: Christoph Baumgartner appeared and started to play a bit deeper, but the extreme midfielders had to come forward. high. True, the Austrians did not have time to rebuild. The brilliant Griezmann calmly waited for an open area to appear on the right side and served excellently to the goalkeeper’s line, where the king of the second floor, Olivier Giroud, easily beat his opponent. This is his 49th goal for the national team.

I was impressed with Griezmann’s performance today. He formally kept himself below the attackers, but appeared everywhere in positional attacks, even in the support zone, when it was necessary to create the majority. Deschamps continues to give his team’s most talented attacking player as much freedom as possible, and continues to uphold the belief, acting almost nonchalantly.

As a result, France won in a resounding fashion and got off the back foot. It is true that they are not yet free from relegation, as in the final 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 Croatian group leaders. .

League of NationsLeague 15th day of group

France – Austria – 2:0 (0:0)

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

France: Menion (Areola, 46), Kunde (Saliba, 23), Varane, Badyashil, Klose, Tchuameni, Fofana, F. Mendy, Griezmann (Dembele, 79), Giroud (Nkunku, 79), Mbappe (Kolo Muani, 90+2) ) )

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

Warnings: Wyman, 38.

Umpire: Ekberg (Sweden).


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