FT: France 2:0 Austria; Watch full match highlights as Mbappe and Giroud Score in Europe Nations League
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Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud scored the goals as France beat Austria 2-0 in a League A Group 1 Nations League match at Stade de France.
The win moves France on to five points in third spot, some four points shy of Denmark in second on nine points. Croatia are top of the group on 10 points after they beat Denmark 2-1 in the other match on the night.
France have their first win of a lacklustre Nations League campaign after beating Austria 2-0 at the Stade de France.
The hosts came into this match knowing that defeat would condemn them to drop into League B for the next edition of the tournament, having already surrendered the chance to defend their Nations League crown.
They also knew that they would be without some of their best players, with Hugo Lloris, Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante and Ibrahima Konate among their high-profile absentees.
Les Bleus are facing the prospect of a devastating relegation to League B, while their visitors are not much better off, sitting in third place with four points to their name
The 2022-23 UEFA Nations Legaue enters its final stages this week as France welcome Austria to face them at the Stade de France in a Group A1 encounter.
In what will be the final international window before the Qatar 2022 World Cup, there’s plenty at stake for several sides looking for strong form – while for others, it is simply a matter of ensuring they finish on a high note.
For whatever reason, the Bleus squad just did not gel in the summer – although scheduling four Nations League games right after a hectic domestic season may have had a part to play in that – and top spot is now firmly out of their reach.
Taking just two points from the first 12 on offer, France ended an abysmal month of June with a 1-0 defeat to Croatia on matchday four, as Luka Modric’s fifth-minute penalty saw the Chequered Ones glean a measure of revenge from their World Cup final defeat in 2018.
While their Nations League crown will soon fall into another team’s lap, France still have a World Cup trophy to defend before the end of the year, with Australia, Denmark and Tunisia all seeking to take advantage of Les Bleus’ recent woes in Group D.
Here is the full highlights of the match as or ended 2:0 in favour of France
Maignan, Areola, Lafont
Varane, Pavard, Koundé, Mendy, Upamecano, Saliba, Clauss, Badiashile, Truffert
Tchouaméni, Guendouzi, Nkunku, Veretout, Camavinga, Fofana
Giroud, Griezmann, Mbappé, Dembélé, Kolo Muani
Linder, Schlager, Pentz
Alaba, Lainer, Ulmer, Trimmel, Posch, Danso, Lienhart, Wöbe, Trauner, Friedl
Sabitzer, Schlager, Baumgartner, Seiwald, Ljubicic, Saračević, Schmid
Arnautović, Gregoritsch, Weimann, Onisiwo
France made a fast start, Kylian Mbappe curling a beautiful shot past Austria goalkeeper Patrick Pentz with barely two minutes on the clock. The flag was raised, though, and VAR confirmed that Mbappe was offside.
The hosts went on to utterly dominate the first half, ending it with 60 per cent possession and 15 shots to one for their opponents. Nonetheless, thanks mainly to Pentz, the two sides went in level at the break.
With 25 minutes gone, Mbappe played a lovely one-two with Giroud and went one-on-one with Pentz only to take one touch too many and allow the keeper to nick the ball off his toe. He went close again moments later, as did Antoine Griezmann.
Sabitzer miscontrolled the ball in midfield and lost it to Giroud, who played in Mbappe. Shimmying and sliding past several defenders, he danced to the edge of the area before thundering an unstoppable shot past Pentz.
Giroud wrapped up the scoring on the 65-minute mark, connecting with a floated cross from Griezmann to head into the far corner. The former Arsenal and Chelsea man eventually left the field to a standing ovation, which was well deserved.