2022 World Cup qualifiers: Griezmann as boss, transparent Mbappé … what we liked and least liked in this France-Ukraine

The Blues were disappointing in their first World Cup qualifying game against Ukraine. Evidenced by the final result (1-1), despite clear possession of the ball. Back to what we liked (nevertheless) and liked less.

Antoine Griezmann as conductor

A record night for Antoine Griezmann. Once again, Grizou has shown his teammates they can count on him. The French striker was everywhere on Wednesday March 24. Above all, the number 7 became the fourth scorer in the history of the France team, after a sumptuous shot wound from 20 meters (19th). He joins David Trezeguet, with 34 goals scored during his career.

He also played his 44th straight game in the French jersey, this time tying Patrick Vieira’s record.

Coman and Pavard omnipresent on the right corridor

A powerful duo. Coman and Pavard showed a very good complementarity in the right lane. In the first half, they managed to be very dangerous. Evidenced by the incessant duplication on the part of the side behind the back of his winger. Also note the few lightning accelerations of the Bayern Munich player.

Sterile over-domination

We expected more from Didier Deschamps players. But the France team failed to shift into high gear and gain the upper hand over a very feverish Ukrainian team. Although possessing the ball and very often occupying half of the opposing field, the French provided themselves with too few chances and showed a glaring lack of realism. In total, they only managed to frame two strikes in 90 minutes.

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