Giroud expected to be fit, Pogba to start against Australia - Deschamps

11 June, 2018, 03:08 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring France's equaliser against the USA

France avoided an embarrassment in front of their fans in their farewell game heading to the 2018 World Cup as they forced U.S. to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

Kylian Mbappe has now scored four goals in 15 appearances for France. "Like Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, Didier Deschamps struggles to find a system that gets the best out of Paul Pogba", Souness wrote in The Sunday Times.

Further chances fell to Pogba and Griezmann, neither of whom managed to get their efforts on target, before the USA hit their opponents with a suckerpunch right on the stroke of half time.

Deschamps made a number of substitutions as the second half rolled on, and as a result, they did not play the same flowing football they produced in the first period. The team looked solid when it came to creating chances, it just couldn't finish.


France equalised in the 78th minute as Mbappe converted substitute Benjamin Pavard's cross to notch his fourth worldwide goal.

"If you're 1-0 up, you're not bringing him on to close the game down".

With perhaps one eye on their opening World Cup clash against Australia, 2-1 winners over Hungary earlier in the day, on June 16, France were pedestrian for long periods.

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