The embers of the market accompanied the French team, which found a football match after rumors, transfers and continuities. With all the options to blur the focus of the football shed, which in theory is the ball, the reigning world champion added her second setback in the four games she has played in her fight to reach Qatar and defend her wound. In the spring they had drawn at home against Ukraine and this time against Bosnia (1-1), also at home, in a date in which their stars did not touch the ball. Still, no alarms should sound. The Ukrainians, who failed to win in Kazakhstan, have drawn in all their matches. And France had already won in Bosnia. Still, in this window, there are two uncomfortable tests for the boys led by Didier Deschamps, who are now traveling to Kiev and then will host Finland in Lyon.
France left their fiefdom of Saint-Denis and moved to Alsace, where they had not played for 25 years. A crowded and excited stadium awaited him, a detail that in these times is valued. After so much gray, the players enjoy the color and the warmth of the stands, so the audience was the engine of France, which still had the flu. He could not dispose, injured in an ankle, of Kanté, the footballer who helps him to climb meters without the ball. As Deschamps is looking for solutions in the core, he gave the field to two incorporations compared to the last European Championship. Veretout, Roma midfielder, started from the beginning. Tchouaméni, one of those exuberant midfielders who seem to clone themselves in France, made his debut after the break to replace Lemar, who was disastrous. A mistake of his led Bosnia to go ahead on the scoreboard just after half an hour of play.
The Atlético player drew a blur with a bad horizontal pass as his team tried to spread out and Dzeko punished the world champions with an impossible shot for Lloris. But France was already traveling through the game, unable to launch their trio of strikers. Griezmann was the most active because he knew how to interpret that the game needed disorder. Benzema was malnourished, perhaps too advanced for what a team that needs lights in the midfielder requires. Mbappé seemed to lack meters to shoot himself. Bosnia, Balkan and competitive, was always orderly.
It seems likely that the party would arrive at a good number of Gallic pieces as a dessert after a heavy digestion. Griezmann had changed teams the night before. Mbappé and Koundé were in the transfer rumors almost until the last minute. The Sevilla defender played as a right back, which is where Deschamps likes it, and at the beginning of the second half he went to the dugout after a reckless tackle that, despite catching him on a glancing side, sent Kolasinac to the infirmary.
France had at least evened the score before the break. Griezmann scored with his back after a carom, a shot at the first post at the exit of a corner that he combed so that it hit Dzeko and bounced off him to poison himself not to the net, which did not touch it, but behind the line the Gol.
Benzema and Griezmann did not finish the game. They went to the bench a quarter of an hour from the end to refresh the attack with Coman and Martial. Mbappé also left with three minutes remaining. But no one tickled Bosnia, who moved the ball comfortably with Pjanic at the helm and was even able to win, with two final shots from Prevljak and the Barcelona player himself.
Deschamps is spoiled for choice. The payroll he handles looks sleek. But he is missing a couple of fine midfielders. The classics would call Giresse and Genghini. France has not been that for a long time. Nor is it that he is doing badly, although football sometimes takes a back seat.
Another Cristiano record
Eternal Cristiano Ronaldo, savior so many times of the Portuguese team. Once again the forward, 36 years old and now back at Manchester United, rescued his country’s team. This time, and despite missing a penalty, they were two heads, two goals that were worth a comeback (2-1) in the 89th and 96th minutes to Ireland in the Algarve. CR7 also added another notch in his collection of records: he is already the footballer who has achieved the most goals with a team in all history. With 111 goals, he leaves Iranian Ali Daei behind two.
If Portugal suffered to win, the Netherlands did enough with a 1-1 draw on their visit to Oslo. Norway took the lead with a goal from Haaland, which was later equaled by Klaessen. Nor did Russia and Croatia win, who drew (0-0) in Moscow. And Turkey let slip a two-goal lead against Montenegro to concede a draw (2-2).
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