Latest matches : France vs Finland Football Match Report
France vs Finland : Antoine Griezmann defeated the visiting Finnish top 20 in the World Cup Group D qualifiers on Tuesday, regaining his vitality and ending his five-game unwinnable record.
After the successful cooperation with Karim Benzema paid off, Griezmann scored in every half, allowing the world champion to lead the group by 12 points in six games.
Finland, which performed well in the first half, ranked third with 5 points, but was two games behind France.
After the 22nd draw with Kazakhstan, Bosnia ranked fourth in four games with 3 points, and Kazakhstan also had 3 points. Ukraine ranked second with 5 points.
“Even if it is not perfect, we have shown determination, and with it comes more technical quality,” said French coach Didier Deschamps.
“We are more confident, it is more like us. This is a very important result for us, and now we have to finish this work in November.”
After two 11 draws against Bosnia and Ukraine, Germany Shang’s tinkering paid off. The French team started with the usual 523 formation, with Leo Dubois and Theo Hernández as full-backs, and Griezmann, Anthony Martial and Benzema in the attack zone.
But the Finnish team had the first obvious chance through Urho Nissila, his floating shot was disallowed by Hugo Lloris on the crossbar.
However, Les Bleus attacked and Lucas Hradeki made a beautiful save in the 22nd minute and blocked Benzema.
After receiving a skillful deflection from Benzema in the penalty area in the 25th minute, Griezmann threw the ball over Hradeki with the outside of his foot and found the net.
Finland continued to threaten during the break, but France proved its clinical efficacy early in the second half.
After a better job from Benzema, Du Bois found Griezmann in the area, and the forward slipped the ball between Hradecchi and the left post, giving the home team something in the 53rd inning.
He already has 41 international goals, becoming the third place tied with Michel Platini as the best scorer in the history of the French team.
Shortly after, Martial missed Hernández’s cross, which would have been the third in France.
France controlled the end of the game, kept the ball high on the court and created some opportunities through Benzema. After leaving Lyon for Real Madrid for 12 years, Benzema had an unforgettable visit to his old stadium night.