Supporters of the League of Nations title do not enter this third edition in the best way possible. The Blues, deprived of Didier Deschamps, mourned by the death of his father, bowed out on Friday, June 3, at the Stade de France against Denmark (2-1). The series of twenty matches without defeat (in regulation time) started on November 14, 2020 began in the last minutes of the match.
After a soporific first period, in the image of the confrontation between the two teams at the 2018 World Cup (0-0), France had opened the scoring at the beginning of the second period. Karim Benzema once again showed why he was the ultimate favorite at the upcoming Golden Ball. Served on the right by Kingsley Coman, easily and elegantly cleared by two Danish defenders to adjust Kasper Schmeichel after a relay by Christopher Nkunku (1-0, 51).e).
Dubbed by Cornelius
But after the hour of play, Denmark reversed the game, taking advantage, especially of the defensive widths of the Blues, which offered too much space on the counterattack. One entrant, in particular, made a difference. Nine minutes after entering the game, the former Bordeaux Andreas Cornelius took a subtle service from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to equalize (1-1, 68).e).
It was again Cornelius who came to shower the French team just before the end of regulation time. At the edge of the box, the striker resisted the return of William Saliba and surprised Hugo Lloris with a heavy shot under the bar (2-1, 88).e). In France she was a daughter. He may regret that the pot was found a few minutes earlier by N’Golo Kanté (81e). But the warnings were previously many for Bleus, Lloris saving the barracks twice in front of Skov Olsen and Eriksen (72e and 86e).
Blessed Mbappé and Varane
Beyond the defeat, ultimately unimportant in this competition, Didier Deschamps will have something to worry about the health of his sheep. Kylian Mbappé was replaced by Kylian Mbappé at halftime “Caution”, said Guy Stéphan to the microphone of M6. At the time of play, it was Raphaël Varane’s turn to leave his partners, obviously injured in the thigh. The arrival, when the Blues were still leading 1-0, is certainly not foreign to the defensive mistakes of his team.
“Kylian has a knee problem whose exact nature I don’t know, he’s with the doctor, he’s going for exams.”said assistant coach Guy Stephan. “He told me he couldn’t go on. There was no need to take any risks. ”. As for Raphaël Varane, he has “A muscle problem behind his thigh, he felt pain. Like Kylian, there will be additional exams. ” on Saturday, Stephan said after the meeting. “It simply came to our notice then [pour eux] to play in three days »he added.
The French team, holding the title in the League of Nations, is due to travel to Split on Monday to face Croatia, before extending its trip to Vienna to challenge Austria on June 10. The last stage of the international season will end on June 13 in Saint-Denis against Croatia.