Giroud still beautiful, an infirmary that is being filled

Giroud’s strong game, Mbappé’s nice goal, the promises of the new, but also the new injuries to the blues: find the Tops and Flops of the match between France and Austria (2-0).

TOPS

Giroud has responded again

Absent during the last rally in June, Olivier Giroud inevitably has something to play for in these two games in September, the last two that precede the next World Cup. And the French forward was convincing to say the least. Past Mbappé, who went on to score the first goal, the center forward of AC Milan scored the second with a magnificent caprice. Served by a cross from Griezmann, he was at the right moment to deceive Pentz and score his 49th goal for the French national team, two units away from Thierry Henry’s record. He even became the Blues’ oldest striker, at almost 36 years old. Also interesting for its discounts and deviations, it once again proves its usefulness in this French group.

Mbappé, a good goal but also failures

You will have had the merit of unlocking this encounter, which is also a very nice objective. Served by Giroud, he started from distance to start a great individual action. After eliminating two Austrian players, he unleashed a shot that surprised goalkeeper Pentz. A goal that saves a meeting where it will have damaged a lot. Between his numerous misses in the face of the opposition goal (26th, 27th, 90th + 1) and distant attempts largely outside the area (62nd, 89th), it was an extension of his passing for a more difficult club. Less precise in his relays, in his controls, Mbappé is still far from his best form. But he still manages to score and enters the Top 10 of the best scorers of the French national team.

The “new ones” have successfully completed their baptism

Benoit Badiashile and Youssouf Fofana celebrated their first selection for the French national team. And all while we hold on. But it is clear that the two Monegasques did not have shaky legs. Badiashile has been clean in his defensive interventions and has been very involved in the game by being the player who has touched the most balls. Despite being accurate in his reminders. As well as Fofana, active on the pitches, dragging balls alongside his former club partner, Tchouaméni, once more irreproachable in midfield. We will certainly see the players again on Sunday in Denmark.

Varane, fit again

He is low-key but is probably back in prime form. As he regained confidence at his Manchester United club, Raphaël Varane allowed the French defense to breathe a sigh of relief. The captain of an evening recovered the most balloons from the French side and was, as often, master in the air. Good news in a sector particularly affected by injuries.

FLOPS

The Blues infirmary is filling up

The list is growing to fill the infirmary of the Blues. After the many losses registered in the last days and weeks (Lucas and Théo Hernandez, Konaté, Kimpembe, Coman, Kanté, Pogba, Kamara, Rabiot and Benzema), Didier Deschamps saw two more of his players injured. Koundé, at the heart of the first period, and Maignan, at half-time, had to give up their place due to thigh pains in the former and calf pains in the latter. A long black streak for the French. Injuries preventing Deschamps from fine-tuning automation at the back and through the middle. But there’s no doubt that he’d rather have his items unavailable today than two months from now.

A very disappointing Austria

Austria only shot 4 times as the French attempted 22 attempts. Overwhelmed far and wide, David Alaba’s partners never knew how to put Maignan, then Areola, in danger. Too passive, they defended too low and never existed at the Stade de France. They recover this last place in Group 1 of this League A of the League of Nations and it is rather deserved in view of this encounter.

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