The current world champion started the qualification for Qatar with a draw with the selection of Ukraine. Fortunately for France, Finland and Bosnia also shared the points, so the draw at the start of the qualifying cycle could be forgotten in the second round, in which Didier Deschamps and his team will play in Nur Sultan against Kazakhstan (15.00).
It will be the first duel between the second and 122nd national teams in the world on the FIFA ranking list. French opened the match with Ukraine ideally, took the lead in the 19th minute with a beautiful goal by Antoine Griezmann, but at the start of the second half, after Serhiy Sydorchuk's shot, the ball caught Presnel Kimbembe, changed direction and went into the net of Hugo Lloris.
The attack of France, led by Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud, did not manage to return the advantage to Deschan's team until the end of the match, so the selection of Andriy Shevchenko took a big point in Saint-Denis.
It was only the fifth draw of France since winning the World Cup in Russia three years ago, and after each one, a good reaction and victory followed. Gallic roosters can especially be proud of the results achieved on the side.
They suffered the last defeat on the road in June 2019 (Turkey), and since then they have achieved six victories in the Euro qualifiers and within the League of Nations (Andorra, Iceland, Albania, Sweden, Croatia, and Portugal).
Didier Deschamps announced numerous changes, both in the squad and in the formation. "I already assumed that there would be a change, of course. It is impossible to play with the same 11 three times in a row. It is not a plan to bring only our best offensive players, the idea is to make a difference and make their job harder.
There are different solutions and systems, and that is the plan for the upcoming match " The assessment of the French media is that they will report a formation with three players in the backline against Kazakhstan, but the dilemma remains whether they will play in the 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 system.
Mbappe will most likely rest for the duel with Bosnia and Herzegovina (Wednesday, 20.45), while Ngolo Kante will miss the upcoming two duels due to injury. Thus, the central-defend trio Zouma-Varane-Lenglett is expected to play in front of Lloris, Leo Dubois and Luka Digne will play on the flanks, and Tanguy Ndombele and Paul Pogba will play in the midfield.
If he decides for three in the attack, Anthony Martial, Griezmann, and Ousmane Dembele should run on the field. . They suffered the last defeat on the road in June 2019 (Turkey), and since then they have achieved six victories in the Euro qualifiers and within the League of Nations (Andorra, Iceland, Albania, Sweden, Croatia, and Portugal).