The French world champions stumbled against Ukraine (1-1) in the inaugural summit of their qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Wednesday March 24 in Saint-Denis. A hitch that will have to be erased from next Sunday in Kazakhstan.
Antoine Griezmann may well have put the Blues in orbit early with a sublime wound shot (19th), the “Zbirna” did not let go and equalized on a “csc” from the unfortunate Presnel Kimpembe (57th).
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By letting the victory slip away against Ukraine, a priori the toughest rival in qualifying group D, the French failed to take the lead, while Finland and Bosnia-Herzegovina also shared the points (2-2).
Double displacement awaiting them on Sunday
Didier Deschamps’ troops must now fill up with points and confidence during the double trip that awaits them with the modest team of Kazakhstan, Sunday March 28 in Nur-Sultan (ex-Astana), then in Sarajevo the following Wednesday to challenge the Bosnia of Miralem Pjanic.
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In the meantime, they were faithful to the history of the France team on Wednesday, punctuated by qualifying phases which are often difficult, sometimes laborious, and which are in any case “Always hardships”, to use the expression used Tuesday by Captain Hugo Lloris. “I’m not darkening the picture, the situation is not obvious, but the qualification course is a long course and not a long quiet river, it has never been”, also noted Didier Deschamps after the match, on TF1.
The results of the qualifying matches on Wednesday March 24
Estonia-Czech Republic (2-6)