Ireland-France: the Blues ensure the union minimum but achieve the full card in two games
Three days after their festival against the Dutch in the Dionysian enclosure (4-0), Kylian Mbappé’s teammates sign a small but precious success in Dublin (1-0). Thanks to two men: Pavard author of a magnificent initiative as soon as the locker room returned, Maignan with the magic hand at the very end of the game.
Pavard for Koundé as right-back, Camavinga in midfield in place of Tchouaméni and Giroud who found the tip of the French attack at the expense, numerically, of Coman; Kolo Muani sliding from the center to the right wing. Compared to Friday and the meeting launching hostilities in this Group B of the 2024 European Championship Qualifiers, Tricolores coach Didier Deschamps had made three changes to face the “green giants” in their sold-out Aviva Stadium in Dublin. . An opponent who aligned his New Star as expected: the wisp of Brighton, Evan Ferguson, from the height of his 18 years.
The key actions of the meeting
8e : launched superbly by Upamecano in the back of the defense, Randal Kolo Muani takes advantage of his speed, controls but is a little too centered in front of the Eire goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu; the center-forward of Frankfurt tries well, in full race, a heel to Giroud, countered by Egan … First warning for the Irish defense.
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22e : for a trip on Jason Knight who started the counterattack along the touchline on the British left side, Benjamin Pavard was warned by the Portuguese referee Mr. Artur Dias.
46e : the flash of the game. It all started with a poor transmission from Rabiot, from his left flank, in the middle, 20m away, recovered by Cullen whose pass, admittedly uncertain to Knight, was intercepted by Benjamin Pavard who felt the blow; a control of the right and a dry shot, in stride, crossed, lodges in the skylight of Bazunu with the help of the underside of the crossbar (0-1)!
67e : freshly returned, Moussa Diaby wraps from the left, naturally, on the edge of 16m50 however finds – not only for the photo – the beautiful and effective horizontal of the porter of Eire.
75e : alone, in the field, Adrien Rabiot tries his hand at the ground and falls, again, into the arms of Bazunu who is still perfectly relaxed. Flawless.
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77e : even if Camavinga’s jersey will hold up, Jayson Molumby is administratively sanctioned for this illegal clash.
85e : stolen flush with Browne, just to materialize a big highlight (the only one?) of the Irish.
89e : decisive double intervention by Mike Maignan on as many corners: header from … Koundé that he slams over; hyper-firm right glove to remove a blow from Coleman’s helmet from his right bezel. Wow.
Tops of the game…
Pavard, Benjamin. Necessarily. A goal, his third in Blue, is practically a copy-paste of the one that will forever be remembered: World Cup-2018, round of 16, right outside half-volley in the vent of the Argentinian cage for the equalizer at two everywhere (qualification 4-2). The “bis” deserved, yes, the same celebratory slide! His match isn’t amazing, no; his winning shot, though.
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Jumble: special mention to the image of their copy returned in front of the Batavians for the Konaté / Upamecano hinge (Maignan drank whey); Griezmann intermittently and Camavinga always so elegant.
And, of course, we don’t forget: a stele, already, for the guardian of the temple Mike Maignan, author of a fantastic parade 2 minutes from time. After saving a penalty three days ago…
…and the flops
Replaced by Diaby shortly after the hour mark (64e), Olivier Giroud will have been invisible this Monday evening. It is true that he was not particularly helped either by his partners, who did not serve him. The Milanese colossus, which honored its 122e cape, so won’t mark his 54e realization under the struck jersey of the Rooster. See you in the summer? We’ll see…
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If not, where was Mbappé? We still wonder. Come on, let’s not be too hard on the alien: he has so much to give us for so long, we hope!
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The lessons of this victory
Three plus three equals six. It’s arithmetic. From the first gathering, France commands respect and if not already takes the lead in its qualifying group. Having crossed swords with his two main opponents. The contract is fulfilled: first with panache versus the Dutch, then as well with business and management in Dublin.
And now ?
Mid-June, direction Gibraltar for what seems, on paper, the easiest match as far as the Blues are concerned on the road which must lead them to Germany in the summer of 2024 (June 14 – July 14).