The Blues will have to be patient. Amputated by several executives, including Mbappé, Kanté and Pogba, the French football team conceded a draw against Turkey on Monday (October 14th) at the Stade de France (1-1), on behalf of the playoffs of the Euro-2020.
A result that allows him to keep the head of Pool H, equal points with his opponent at night and four ahead of Iceland, third. The men of Didier Deschamps will have two new opportunities to validate their ticket for the Euro, mid-November, against Moldova and Albania.
By the end of the Marseillaise - which was also not conspired by the Turkish fans despite concerns - the Blues had yet started the game by the right end. A domination of all times that allowed the Turkish keeper, Günok, to shine. Three times, he kept the score intact in the first half hour, winning with authority in front of Griezmann (17th) and Sissoko, twice (17th, 25th).
Griezmann, very legs early in the game, then shivered the spans of the Dionysian enclosure by wrapping a nice shot from the left, came to die close to the right window (36th).
Curled up, the Turks were content to play the few very rare shots that came against and, just before the hour of play, Yilmaz came close to offering an improbable gift to the thousands of Turkish fans present in Saint-Laurent. Denis.
Frustrating end of match
On a good action full axis, the Besiktas player inherited a ball transmitted by Calhanoglu, but his attempt flew over the cages of a Mandanda hitherto never worried (59th).
But while the French team seemed to head to a frustrating result in the scenario, Giroud, left at rest early in the game, has returned to the approach of the last quarter of an hour. In trouble in club Chelsea, the striker of the Bleus has believed to tip the meeting, winning the head of a Griezmann corner from the right (1-0, 76).
But it was without counting on the great Turkish specialty of these playoffs: the kicks stopped. On a free kick from the left, the visitors came back against all odds, thanks to a header from Ayhan (1-0, 82). A goal from nowhere that has closed the mark on the scoreboard, and closer Turkey a qualification for the Euro-2020. And the Blues, even frustrated, get closer a little more, with this point of the draw. A lesser evil.