The Blues clinched a precious success on Wednesday (1-0) against Bosnia-Herzegovina, which guarantees them to keep first place in Group A. But the overall performance was not so convincing. Without a great Hugo Lloris, the final score might have been quite different.
Hugo Lloris: 8
The Tottenham goalkeeper celebrated his 123rd selection in the most beautiful way by multiplying decisive interventions in the first period, the one where he was most in demand. Lloris was vigilant in deflecting a left foot strike from Todorovic who took the direction of the near post (24th), while he had nothing to do so far. The French goalkeeper then deployed to perform a fantastic left hand parade on a pricked head of Anel Ahmedhodzic in the 5.50m (26th). Sensational !
Benjamin Pavard: 5
He offered a lot in his lane after the first quarter of an hour, from the moment the French had the ball, occupying the space voluntarily deserted by Coman who could sometimes take back the axis of the field. It is to his credit. But he also had this very limited gesture on a ball conduct that escapes him, and which should have cost him a warning, at least. He also concedes, a little stupidly, a corner which could have been expensive without an exploit of Lloris.
Raphael Varane: 5
The first launching pad for the Blues is often mounted with the ball to allow the block of the France team to evolve higher on the field when Bosnia gave up possession, but it also experienced too much technical waste . a very bad pass to Paul Pogba could have hurt France on a dangerous opposing transition. Fortunately, the Real Madrid defender had anticipated in depth to make up for his mistake. Not always reassuring, sometimes overwhelmed.
Presnel Kimpembe: 5
Presnel Kimpembe has gained momentum, just like his team. A serious and flawless match for the Paris Saint-Germain defender. A little clumsy at the start of the match, more authoritative thereafter.
L. Hernandez: 4
A frustrating match for the versatile defender of Bayern Munich, the least prominent player of the France team in this match. Théo Hernandez’s brother took a long time to offer solutions to his partners in his hallway. And when he made himself available, his teammates didn’t always seek to combine with him, sometimes forgetting about him as he offered an obvious solution. A better understanding with Mbappé in the second half. He has not always been sovereign defensively in his lane.
Kingsley Coman: 5
Speed is his greatest weapon, and the former PSG player has not always been able or able to exploit it launched. He turns around well to arm from the left in the first quarter of an hour, but his header lacks conviction on an excellent service from Mbappé. Some percussion to his credit to try to destabilize the opposing defense but no coup de brilliance. Replaced by Olivier Giroud.
Paul Pogba: 5
We expected a lot more from Paul Pogba in the direction of the game, the creation, but the midfielder was ultimately little daring apart from a few long balls in the depth. And if he did not take the game enough on his own, Pogba was on the other hand invaluable in the defensive replacement, lending a hand to Pavard in the right lane. He has also been seen fighting to ward off danger in his own area. But it is not in this register that we expected.
Adrien Rabiot: 4.5
The Juve midfielder had a fairly ordinary match marked by his technical inaccuracies more than by his bursts with the ball to the foot. His cross for Griezmann’s header is excellent, and as it allows the Blues to score the only goal of the match, this gesture counts twice, necessarily. He unbalances Krunic in the box and in front of the referee, but he also intervenes much more cleanly in front of Dzeko on a very dangerous situation.
Thomas Lemar: 6.5
We understand the reasons that motivated Deschamps to start him as he is so precious by his activity, but the Atlético midfielder also emphasized the cleanliness of his game, his seriousness, and his ability to change the pace, to make the differences between the lines. He did not always find the necessary relays to follow up on his good sequences. Except on the goal of Griezmann, where he attracts the defenders to clear the field to Rabiot, who will center in a chair.
Antoine Griezmann: 8
Griezmann scored his 35th goal in the blue jersey (60th). Indispensable in the animation of the 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1 of the France team, Griezmann was everywhere, deploying to the four corners of the field, dezoning a lot to bring the numerical superiority in the corridor, by example. But like what he is doing in Barcelona, ”Grizou” has also worked tirelessly to compensate for imbalances. He made a very big defensive return with a tackle in the feet of Dzeko (22nd). A complete match.
Kylian Mbappé: 6
Watched like milk on fire in the first act, Kylian Mbappé did not have many opportunities to eat, the opposing defense having squeezed him closely, to leave him as little space as possible. His too rare changes of pace were good as his stalls. He misses his recovery on an excellent center of Coman in the heart of the Bosnian area. Much more comfortable when returning from the locker room, he returned to the left after Giroud entered.