Didier Deschamps' wards emerge victorious from the shootout again
A definitely not boring match was presented to the viewers in the second round of the League of Nations by the teams of France and Croatia. In Paris, at the “Stade de France” in the gates of the teams visited at once six goals, but the world champions turned out to be more effective – 4: 2. Two years have passed since the confrontation between France and Croatia in the 2018 World Cup final, but the balance of power in this pair turned out to be the same as the score.
Despite the final result in Paris, the debut of the meeting took place under the dictation of the “checkered” ones, and they deservedly opened the scoring already in the 17th minute. After a cross from a corner the ball hovered over the penalty area, Dejan Lovren picked it up, turned around and shot from the left into the far corner.
France evened the score at the end of the first half. On the 43rd minute, the hosts made a beautiful combination, which Antoine Griezmann completed with an accurate shot.
Before the Croats had time to move away from the previous goal, the “le bleu” were already in the lead. In the first compensated minute, Anthony Martial responded to a cross from Ben Yedder, the ball after his hit hit the post, bounced off the goalkeeper's back and flew into the net. As a result, his own goal was recorded on Dominik Livakovic.
The debut of the second half again remained with Croatia and in the 50th minute the guests scored the second goal of the match! Josip Brekalo received the ball from the depths, entered the penalty area, struggled with three defenders and in the fall pushed the shell past Lloris. But that was far from the end! In the 65th minute, France took the lead again. Dayo Upamekano won the horse fight after a pass from a corner and shot the Croatian goalkeeper – 3: 2.
And Olivier Giroud put an end to this emotional battle – in the 77th minute he converted the penalty awarded for the handball by Marcelo Brozovic. The French striker shot into the left corner, and the goalkeeper jumped into the right one.
After this fight, France scored six points in two rounds and together with Portugal leads the third quartet. Croatia has zero points so far, but it can fix it in the next match with Sweden.
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