FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Ousmane Dembele scores, Kylian Mbappe misses penalty as France beat Kazakhstan
It was a welcome outcome for reigning world champions France after they kicked off their marketing campaign in qualifying Group D by drawing 1-1 at residence to Ukraine final Wednesday.
Nur-Sultan: Ousmane Dembele scored the opening purpose as holders France beat Kazakhstan 2-0 away on Sunday to say the primary victory of their marketing campaign to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Sergei Maliy put by means of his personal web for France’s second purpose earlier than half-time however Kylian Mbappe had a second-half penalty saved after coming off the bench.
It was a welcome outcome for the reigning world champions after they kicked off their marketing campaign in qualifying Group D by drawing 1-1 at residence to Ukraine final Wednesday.
“We stated beforehand that it was all about getting the job carried out and it is a optimistic outcome towards a workforce who by no means gave up,” Paul Pogba, who returned to the beginning line-up, instructed broadcaster TF1.
“Individuals might need thought Kazakhstan would allow us to rating 5 targets however no, they performed properly. We had possibilities to attain extra targets however their goalkeeper performed properly. We bought the outcome and we may be completely satisfied.”
Didier Deschamps’ facet now cease off in Sarajevo for one more match towards Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday to finish a busy begin to qualifying earlier than reverting their focus to the delayed Euro 2020 in June.
In an try to maintain his squad contemporary, Deschamps made 9 adjustments to his line-up following the Ukraine draw for the match in Nur-Sultan, greater than 5,000 kilometres east of Paris in Central Asia.
Antoine Griezmann, who scored France’s purpose towards Ukraine, was the one outfield participant to maintain his place within the facet, whereas Hugo Lloris once more began in purpose as he gained his 122nd cap.
Griezmann’s Barcelona teammate Dembele was a type of introduced into the workforce as he began for France in a aggressive recreation for the primary time because the triumphant 2018 World Cup marketing campaign in Russia.
It was Dembele who bought the breakthrough within the twentieth minute, controlling on the sting of the field and scoring with a low drive into the nook of the online after good work by Anthony Martial to set him up.
“He is at all times had the technical capacity and he scored a fantastic purpose,” Deschamps stated of Dembele.
“There are at all times issues he can do higher. He can nonetheless be extra decisive, however when he performs like he did immediately he’s good to observe.”
France scored their second purpose a minute earlier than half-time when defender Maliy headed a Griezmann nook into his personal web as he tried to carry off Pogba.
That successfully ended any doubt concerning the final result of the competition with Kazakhstan, ranked 122nd on this planet and who did not win a single recreation in 2018 World Cup qualifying, struggling to create any possibilities on the different finish.
Manchester United ahead Martial took a knock and was ultimately changed simply earlier than the hour mark by Mbappe, who had a number of possibilities so as to add to France’s lead.
The perfect alternative for the Paris Saint-Germain star got here from the spot within the seventy fifth minute after he had been introduced down by Nuraly Alip.
Nonetheless, Mbappe’s kick was turned across the put up by residence goalkeeper Aleksandr Mokin.
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