France had an almost complete squad of absentees, but fielded a strong squad to impose themselves and beat Austria 2-0, this afternoon (22), at the Stade de France, ahead of the fifth round of the Nations League. Mbappe opened the scoring, already in the last stage, after a beautiful individual move. Giroud extended his head and secured the victory.
The current champions of the League of Nations and the World Cup, France no longer had a mathematical chance to qualify for the European tournament, but were satisfied with aggressive and dominant football against the Austrians.
Despite being kicked out of the Nations League, France has only themselves to not be relegated in the competition. The victory raised the team to 5 points in Group 1, five less than the leader Croatia. Denmark takes second place (9 points), with Austria (4 points) at the bottom.
The French national team ends their participation in the Nations League next Sunday (25), when they visit Denmark at 15:45 (GMT). At the same time, Austria and Croatia also face each other. The first in the bracket advances to the semi-finals, while the last is relegated to the second league.
Best: Mbappé ‘opens’ the game
Shirt 10, Mbappé is one of the main names in France’s attack, even more so in the absence of Benzema, due to injury. On the pitch, the Paris Saint-Germain star took charge. He scored a goal disallowed for offside, dribbled, looked for play and was responsible for ‘opening’ the game for the hosts. After a nice run 10 minutes from the last stage, Haas swung the net and relieved his team.
The Bayern Munich midfielder is one of Austria’s highlights, but he has been unable to use his experience to make important counter-attacks. Well marked and few chances with the ball at his feet, Savitzer was stuck with his team’s low marking and could not get forward with danger.
France almost had a group of injured
Starting the round at the bottom of the group in the Nations League was not the only problem for France this afternoon. Coach Didier Deschamps could not count on 10 injured players.
Benzema, Pogba, Kante, Kimpamba, Lucas Hernandez, Konata, Koeman, Martial, Hugo Lloris and Theo Hernandez. To make matters worse, defender Koundé, from Barcelona, suffered a muscle injury in the first half and had to be substituted. Goalkeeper Meinen left the game at halftime for the same reason.
French ‘dead’ in the first half, but do not score
Embezzlement was not a problem for France in the first half of the match against Austria. Choamani and Popana dominated the midfield and pushed the visiting team into the defensive field. Mbappe was also featured up front, with dribbling, speed and finishing. Even so, the shots were inaccurate and when the French scored, goalkeeper Penz shone.
France dominates the midfield with youngsters
Against the attack, Deschamps chose a method with three defenders and five players in the center of the field. Despite being without many stars, the home team dominated the middle with Choumani (22 years old) and Popana (21 years old), rented the attack field and apparently left a good impression on the local fans.
Austria defends and the goalkeeper works
Goalkeeper Penz made important interventions to ensure 0-0 until halftime. The best rescue came after a beautiful bike from Tchouaméni. The good performance of the 13 shirt minimized the poor performance of Austria, who hardly went on the attack and found it very difficult to trouble the cheated France.
Chronology of the game
France started on top and Mbappe scored a goal in less than two minutes. The number 10 shirt took too much inside the box and kicked an angle, but the bid was disallowed for offside.
After bombing Austria’s goal, France opened the scoring in the 10th minute of the second half. Mbappe took off quickly and kicked into the net. On the 20th, Griezmann passed to Giroud, who took the mark and widened.
France 2 X 0 Austria
competition: Nations League, fifth round
Place: Stade de France in Saint-Denis (France)
date and time: September 22, 2022, Thursday at 15:45 (Brasilia time)
judge: Andreas Eckberg
Auxiliary means: Mehmet Colum and Niklas Nyberg
yellow card: Weimann (Austria)
Objectives: Mbappé, in 10′ 2, Giroud, in 20′ 2
France: Maignan (Areola); Koundé (Saliba), Varane, Badiashile; Klaus, Chowmani, Popna, Griezmann (Dembele), Mendy; Mbapa (Moani) and Jiro (Nkonko). Coach: Didier Deschamps.
Austria: Fentz; Trimmel, Leinhart, Alaba (Poch), Weber; Seewald, Khaber Schlager, Savitzer (Schmid), Weyman (Dejan Liovic); Arnautovich (Gregorich) and Onisio (Baumgartner). Coach: Ralph Rangnick.