Long hung, the France team won against Bosnia-Herzegovina this Wednesday in Sarajevo (1-0), thanks to a goal from Antoine Griezmann. The Blues make the break at the top of Group E for qualification for the 2022 World Cup.
If, in the game, the international window of March will leave a little taste of unfinished business for the France team, the balance sheet turned almost perfect on Wednesday. Thanks to a header from Antoine Griezmann, the Blues beat Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo (1-0) and are now four points ahead of Ukraine at the top of Group E.
Before the delivery from the FC Barcelona striker, Didier Deschamps’ men suffered against the Bosnians. Hugo Lloris even celebrated his 123rd selection, as much as Thierry Henry, with an exceptional left hand reflex stop on a header from Ahmedhodzic (26th).
Adrien Rabiot finally spared Didier Deschamps a stressful second period, with a perfect cross for the victorious header of Antoine Griezmann (60th), strangely alone in the box.
Three days after a quiet victory in Kazakhstan (2-0), the Blues almost found the loophole on their first opportunity. With a millimeter opening, Paul Pogba found Kylian Mbappé in the area which adjusted Ibrahim Sehic (3rd). But the PSG striker was offside according to the (severe) eye of Daniele Orsato’s assistant.
Two decisive stops for Lloris
Helped by the Bosnian obstinacy to restart short, the Blues kept their evening hosts under pressure early in the match, without creating many chances, except for a too shy header from Kingsley Coman on a center by Kylian Mbappé (14th).
Bosnia then regained confidence. Todorovic made Lloris shine on a strike from twenty meters (23rd), before the goalkeeper saved his camp with an exceptional parade.
Too static, the Blues failed to feed Kylian Mbappé or Kingsley Coman. They even offered some dangerous cons to the Bosnians. Not satisfied with the performance of his team, the coach quickly drew on his sidelines after the locker room, leaving Coman for Olivier Giroud (59th).
35th goal in blue for Griezmann
A few seconds later, the head of Griezmann released the Blues: the 35th goal of the Barcelona striker in the tricolor jersey. A goal that even launched a little tricolor highlight, but Mbappé (66th) or Varane (69th) could not weigh down the mark.
Decisive passer, Adrien Rabiot almost tarnished his fine copy by causing a penalty with a contentious intervention on Rade Krunic (72nd). But Mr. Orsato did not sanction him.
Voluntary but too imprecise like Edin Dzeko, the Bosnians have no longer succeeded in worrying Hugo Lloris. Miralem Pjanic, who celebrated his 100th selection, had the opportunity to equalize on set piece. But his free kick at the entrance to the surface crashed into the white wall (79th).
Left with a smile from the Grbavica stadium, the Blues even had the nice surprise to see Kazakhstan snatch a point in Ukraine (1-1). What to widen a little more the gap between France and the selection of Andreï Schevchenko, and to forget the draw conceded at the Stade de France.