Current world champions France are without a win in their second match of Nations League Football Group A1 following a 1-1 draw with Croatia, putting them in a delicate position to advance.
France coach Didier Deschamps decided to make a revolution in the squad in relation to the first game, in which France were beaten 2-1 by Denmark at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, leaving only the A footballer of eleven, Monaco midfielder Aurelian Chuameni.
The Croatian coach also made several changes to the 11 players, but they were not so radical. Compared with the first game, 5 players were retained. Among them, Croatia lost 3-0 at home to Austria unexpectedly, namely Zhulanovic and Brozovic. , Kovacic, Major and Brecarlo.
With the exclusion of major stars such as Lloris, Varane, N’Golo Kante, Mbappe, Benzema and Griezmann compared to their performances in their debuts, the French team in this match performance is not ideal.
The only team that has improved significantly from the first round is Croatia, largely due to Modric reaching the last 11, where he lent his class to Croatia, allowing the team to save their opening game against Austria. Bad image.
After being balanced in the first half and with few dangerous shots near the two areas, France scored by Rabiot, in a move the ball was placed at the back of the Croatian defence in front, the Juventus midfielder Opened the goal. A marker at the Ivusic exit.
However, Croatia equalised and in the 82nd minute Kramaric took the penalty to level the score and end the game with a lead.
With this result, France and Croatia have one point from both games and could be five points behind the leaders from now, in the case of Austria-Denmark, which started late due to electrical problems in the Austrian stadium, to win end.
In Group B2, Iceland drew 1-1 against Albania, the visitors took the lead within half an hour by striker Taurant Ceferi, while the Nordics were re-established in the 49th by midfielder Thorstenson draw. , a result that does not change.
In this group, Israel rested, and since Russia were eliminated, the competition was reduced to three teams due to the war in Ukraine.
In Group C3, Belarus took on Azerbaijan in a goalless draw, with the match expected to be balanced, while Slovakia were beaten at home by Kazakhstan, with a surprising surprise for Astana midfielder Aslan Darabaye Fu scored a goal in the 26th minute.
In the end, in Group D1, Latvia’s 1-0 home win over Liechtenstein was much more difficult than expected, with a goal from midfielder Artur Juzins in the 73rd minute in the closing stages of the game.
In the other group game, Andorra and Moldova did not go past zero, and Andorra did not take advantage of the home factor or the fact that their opponents drove out the striker directly from the 43rd minute. Victor Stina.