France team, which had been in ahead courtesy to a goal from Adrien Rabiot at the opening of the second half, was joined in the score by Croatia towards the end of the encounter (1-1). The Blues, the reigning champions, are stuttering in their Nations League group.
Despite Rabiot’s opener (52nd) following a one-two with Ben Yedder, the Blues were unable
to defeat Croatia (1-1) with an upside down team (Tchouaméni is the only holder to have
survived the setback against Denmark) and a new and rectified 4-4-2 game system. In the
last minutes of a committed, rugged, and sometimes wild contest, this volunteer squad may
The Blues had the greatest chances in a scoreless first half. The ex-Parisians Nkunku-Diaby
duo was intriguing, with the first serving second in the axis (39th) before the Croatian goalie
made a stoppage. It had been the polar opposite eight minutes before, with a slightly
offside goal from the Leipzig striker, who had expertly stung his ball. As a result, France
found an opportunity in the second half, but were caught at the end by a penalty conceded
by Clauss (81st minute), which had come into play two minutes earlier. The game
subsequently turned frantic, with both teams having chances. Griezmann also squandered
two chances to give his countrymen victory (76th and 88th minutes).
France did not join their League of Nations group when they arrived. He has two games
remaining in June to resurrect his season (the 10th in Austria and the 13th against Croatia)
and two more in September to defend his crown.
France vs Croatia: Ben Yedder is the protagonist, and he is a ghost who is eventually decisive
Ben Yedder is the protagonist, and he is a ghost who is eventually decisive.
The Monegasque did not appear for virtually the whole match, despite being expected at
the turn after a string of poor performances in blue and the benching of the Benzema-
Mbappé-Griezmann three. In the first half, only eight balls touched, and the second
half was not much better. It seemed to hit a glass ceiling, although never being deadly.
Before his talent and discounting science allow him to save his match by pairing brilliantly
with Rabiot, he must first save his match. Just before leaving (replaced by Griezmann in the
62nd), a delivery full of imagination and touch finally gave him a grin and reasons to believe
in his future in blue.