FIFA World Cup qualifiers: France vs Ukraine match report
France vs Ukraine: The French team got off to an incredible start in the World Cup qualifiers after drawing against Ukraine on Wednesday 1-1 at home.
Antoine Griezmann gave the world champion the advantage in the first half. After half-time, defender Presnel Kimpembe scored an own goal for the visiting team. The score allowed Didier Deschamps’ team and Ukraine, Finland and Bosnia to tie 2-2 in Group D in another match.
Les Bleus will face Kazakhstan and Bosnia on Sunday and Wednesday.
“Of course I cannot be satisfied. We had the opportunity to increase our advantages, but we did not take advantage of them, “said Deschamps.
” But to be honest, we did not threaten them completely after the break.
France took control of the ball and continued to lead in the 19th minute. Griezmann shot from the far corner from the edge of the penalty area was nice.
This allowed Griezmann to score 34 goals against David T. Rezeguet tied for fourth in the history of France’s top scorer Thierry Henry topped the list with 51.
Olivier Giroud nearly doubled his lead, but went from the top in the 32nd minute. Benjamin Pavard’s cross header crossed the crossbar.
However, Ukraine responded. In the 12 minutes of the second half, Sergiy Sydorchuk’s harmless attempt was blocked by Kimpembe.
Deschamps made two changes, sending Paul Pogba and Osman Dembele into Giroud and Kingsley Koman, and promised to do it for the exhausted group before the game in Kazakhstan on Sunday More changes.
“With more freshness and some motivation, we can do better, but many of my players participated in their national league on Sunday,” Deschamps said.
Pogba brings steel to the midfield, but Shevchenko’s team is willing to wait.
Kylian Mbappé’s performance on the offensive left was unforgettable and was replaced by Anthony Martial, who failed to make an impact.
Griezmann had a chance to win France in the last gap, but his failed attempt was blocked by Hershey Bushkan with eight minutes left in the game.
Kimpembe had a chance to offset his goal in the last minute, but he headed the ball straight into Bushchan’s arms.