World Cup-holders France needed to equal Anthony Griezmann before they could draw 10 men with Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-1 as they struggled to qualify for the 2022 final in Qatar. Campaign resumed.
Eden Zico gave Bosnia the lead in the first half in Strasbourg on Wednesday, but his head clearance returned shortly thereafter. Griezmann And just crossed the line to restore equality.
France Then, in the 51st minute, Sevilla defender Jules Conde was sent off for a terrific tackle on Arsenal’s Seid Kolasinak.
Disappointing result, after their disappointing last 16 at Euro 2020, France still have to top Group D and qualify for the next World Cup automatically.
They have eight points from four games, four from second-placed Ukraine, who drew 2-2 in Kazakhstan on Wednesday and who hosted France in Kiev over the weekend.
French coach Didier Deschamps admitted to broadcaster M6: “It’s clearly difficult with 10 people. We had some opportunities but it wasn’t the result we were looking for.”
“Of course we wanted three points, but this qualifying campaign is difficult for everyone.
“We have another point and we will need to find out more in the remaining matches.”
Both Konde’s red card and Griezmann’s goal focused on UEFA’s late introduction of VAR for World Cup qualifiers – it was not in use in the first three rounds of March but is now available across the continent. Implemented hastily.
After reviewing the photos of the Swiss officials, despite the efforts of Bosnian goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehk, Griezmann’s goal was seen to cross the line.
Kwande was initially shown a yellow card for dealing with his negligence on Kolasinac, but was upgraded to red upon review.
Mbappe, Griezmann both start.
It was a frustrating night for France, but perhaps the transfer of two of their most important players did not help them – one that happened and one that didn’t – until Tuesday’s deadline.
Meanwhile, Griezmann paid a late loan from Barcelona to his old club Atletico Madrid, which was not confirmed until Wednesday morning.
The two began their first tour of France when Mbabane saw Miss go to Switzerland in a shootout at the European Championships in Bucharest.
Coach Didier Deschamps. In particular, Roma midfielder Jordan Virat Out made his debut in a crowded Stade de la Minau in the absence of the injured N. Golo Kante.
France, who won 1-0 in Bosnia in March, fell behind in the 36th minute.
Thomas Lamar took possession in his own half and the ball went to Inter Milan striker Desico, the Bosnian captain took a short shot from the edge of the box ahead of Hugo Loris.
France, which had earlier seen Mbappe hitting outside the post, did not lag far behind.
Zico picked up a nearby post to clear a corner, just to catch the ball behind Griezmann and return to the goal through the thigh of the Bosnian defender.
Sehk only failed to stop him from crossing the line, but Konde’s challenge changed the course of the second half, with France dropping a man.
Kolasinak also had to come out, and this was probably an opportunity for Bosnia.