Antoine Griezmann’s scientific keep noticed France end a race of 5 attracts as they comfortably defeated Finland in Lyon on Tuesday night time within the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
After Finland managed the early levels, Griezmann opened the scoring for 25 minutes with a beautiful end off the shoe in the underside nook from the nook after a pleasant mixture play with Karim Benzema.
The match turned after that, with Les Bleus taking the initiative and dominating procedures.
The new Atletico Madrid signing doubled early within the second interval, pushing the ball residence from a slender angle after extra elegant work within the build-up from Benzema, who pirouette between two defenders earlier than breaking away.
Griezmann ran two good possibilities for a hat trick, first he buzzed after a sophisticated go with Benzema and Anthony Martial earlier than sending a bicycle kick narrowly exterior.
However, his keep was ample. The outcome leaves France seven factors behind second-placed Ukraine in Group D, although they’ve performed one recreation extra.
Didier Deschamp’s males had drawn their earlier 5 matches in 90 minutes and stretched again to the group stage of Euro 2020. They have been knocked out of that competitors on penalties by neighbors Switzerland within the final 16 levels, after a dramatic 3-3 draw.
This is how the French gamers rated …
Kimpembe celebrates with Griezmann / FRANCK FIFE / Getty Images
Hugo Lloris (GK) – 7/10 – Forced palm over an awkwardly deflected shot from Urso Nissila in the primary half. A quiet night in any other case.
Kurt Zouma (CB) – 7/10 – Had hardly something to do in reality, however was good on the ball and did his job. An wonderful predominant clearance.
Raphael Varane (CB) – 7/10 – Typically secure on the again. Unflappable.
Presnel Kimpembe (CB) – 7/10 – Forced early on to a vital interception and reduce out a cross. Almost crushed by Teemu Pukki on an outburst however took him down. Brought the ball properly ahead within the second interval, assaults began.
Griezmann shoots residence with the surface of the boot / FRANCK FIFE / Getty Images
Leo Dubois (RWB) – 7/10 – Effective at each ends. Saw a close-range effort blocked. Sent a looping effort simply huge within the second half. Assist for others. Damaged and submerged.
Paul Pogba (CM) – 7/10 – Became key when France began to dominate in the primary half and noticed a shot flashing slender. Some wonderful footwork after the break, ripe for a spotlight package deal. Excellent reduce go to play Benzema in, however the striker was denied. Released a late penalty after getting Pukki down.
Adrien Rabiot (CM) – 6/10 – Anonymous as Finland dominated the central areas early on. Looked extra assured after France took the lead however nonetheless didn’t add a lot. Tested Hradecky within the second interval.
Theo Hernandez (LWB) – 7/10 – At the debut. Looked sometimes busy early on, got here ahead and fired a slender huge shot from vary. Made a scintillating, lung-busting run to nearly put it on a Martial plate.
Antoine Griezmann (AM) – 9/10 – Loose in possession when Finland managed the midfield early, however started to affect issues earlier than producing a excellent end exterior the boot – his fortieth worldwide objective. Squeezed in a second residence from a good angle after the break. Could have acquired his hat-trick-first after great reference to each Martial and Benzema earlier than he shot over, then he despatched a collapsing volley huge.
Benzema was generally unplayable / FRANCK FIFE / Getty Images
Anthony Martial (ST) – 6/10 – It was not doable to make contact with Benzema early, earlier than he out of the blue developed an understanding together with his strike accomplice and Griezmann behind with a pleasant go. Subbed.
Karim Benzema (ST) – 8/10 – Elegant hyperlink recreation with Griezmann earlier than he sticks Lukas Hradecky’s fingertips after a relaxed begin. Synergy with Griezmann once more with a cheeky help for the opener. Exquisite flip within the building to the opposite. Denied by the goalkeeper once more after getting caught on Pogba’s lovely go.
Nordi Mukiele – 6/10 – Another debut and a mirrored image of the depth of the French squad.
Wissam Ben Yedder – N / A
Clement Lenglet – N / A
Aurelien Tchouameni – N / A