FOOTBALL – Didier Deschamps celebrates this Sunday in Albania (20:45 on TF1) his 100th game at the head of the Blues, with a "desire" to win intact which pushes the coach, despite a ticket for the Euro 2020 already in his pocket, wanting hang an important group first place.
– Hamza Hizzir
0 – 1
Air Albania Stadium, Tirana
Griezmann free kick shot from the right wing directly into the arms of the Albanian goalkeeper.
After a ball lost by Tolisso in the middle, the Albanians leave quickly against the attack, fortunately Hysaj, after a spectacular overflow right side, then magnifying its center back.
(RE) SEE THE GOAL OF TOLISSO
The Blues play very soberly, struggling to keep the ball by simple passes. Which, let's say, suits them quite well.
Magnificent sequence of French possession, with Griezmann finally throwing Dubois right side, but the side fails to find Giroud in front of the goal.
Long ball of Kimpembe for Giroud alone in the depth, but slightly advanced by the Albanian goalkeeper.
It is the Blues, now, who press very high.
From the left wing, Griezmann drops a free-kick wonder wrapped around Tolisso's head, which concludes and offers his first goal in Blue!
Foul on Mendy, full overflow left side, and a good free kick for the Blues …
Strong center of Dubois in front of the goal, well repulsed by the defense of Albania.
The French now have their foot on the ball, and make it turn.
Great Albanian pressure in these first moments.
Mandanda, close to being lobed, reacts well and seizes the first hot balloon.
Go, more than a few seconds until kickoff …
And now, the Albanian anthem.
The Marseillaise resounds, covered by a few whistles. Perhaps the memory of the big quack on the hymns in the first leg in Saint-Denis …
The players are entering the turf at Air Albania Stadium, a brand new precinct inaugurated tonight.
And here is the eleven of the Albania team:
Berisha – Hysaj, Veseli, Dermaku, Djimsiti, Lenjani – Gjasula, Bare, Qose – Manaj, Balaj.
An eleven somewhat experimental because, beyond the choice of men and the turn-over operated compared to Thursday (five different players), the coach will try for the first time a scheme in 3-4-3 (three defenders , four midfielders, three attackers). A real curiosity.
First information of the evening: Kylian Mbappé, ill, had to withdraw for this meeting. so here's the starting lineup which will line up at the kick-off the coach Didier Deschamps, who will sit on the tricolor bench for the 100th time tonight:
Mandanda – Varane, Lenglet, Kimpembe – Dubois, Sissoko, Tolisso, Mendy – Griezmann, Ben Yedder, Giroud.
For the record, the team of France is already qualified, since Thursday, for the final phase of the continental tournament, but it remains to finish first of its group by winning tonight, while Turkey, two points behind the ranking , move to Andorra at the same time.
Good evening and welcome to this live commentary on the Albania-France match, the last meeting of the Blues in the Euro 2020 qualifiers.
This may be a detail for you, especially when you know the legendary luck of Didier Deschamps in each draw, but for the Blues, it's not trivial. Indeed, if the French men's football team is officially qualified since Thursday for the finals of the Euro 2020, the match she is playing this Sunday night in Albania to close the playoffs does not count for butter. Because when it comes, November 30 in Budapest, to allocate all qualified in six groups, all points will count. And a win in Tirana would give the Habs much more chances to benefit from the top-seeded status, preserving early untimely encounters.
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It will also be, for the lucky selected who will be granted playing time, to be placed in sight of the list of 23, since it will remain only a friendly match, in March, before the breeder does not return public its final choices in May. In addition, a successful performance would erase, or at least mitigate, the concern born of collective apathy on Thursday against Moldova (2-1).
"We want to create more movement, find binder, be sharp in our actions and manage to shake the opponent.I can do better, we must do better", said Saturday Raphael Varane, captain in the absence of Hugo Lloris, who pointed out that "what annoys the most Didier Deschamps, it is the relaxation". And it would be better not to annoy a coach a night of 100th on the bench of the Blues.
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