The road to Russia is a long one, but the French are doing enough in their group to make sure to stay on top of their game.
My eyes were on Olivier Giroud for Luxembourg v France and he did not disappoint. He struck twice in our 3-1 victory and he’s now in the top 10 goal scorers for Les Bleus.
In the 28th minute, Les Bleus went ahead after Giroud latched onto Djibril Sidibé’s pass. Luxembourg swiftly reacted by putting away a penalty six minutes later to tie things up at 1-1 after Matuidi brought down Daniel Da Mota in the area. Three minutes later, Griezmann saw that Les Bleus was back in front with a well-taken penalty after Sidibé was fouled by Da Mota.
Benjamin Mendy, one of the best passers in Europe, lived up to his reputation in the 77th minute when he assisted Giroud’s wicked header. Hot property Kylian Mbappé earned his first cap for Les Bleus when he replaced Payet in the 78th minute.
Les Bleus now have 13 points from 5 games ahead of the qualifier against Sweden on June 9th.
I haven’t been updating My Heart Beats Football as I should, but it doesn’t mean that I am not following the beautiful game.
Every Les Bleus game this year was a joy to watch even their last game of 2016 against Côte d’Ivoire last evening, despite it being scoreless at the full-time whistle. Les Bleus have matured and flourished under Didier Deschamps and I enjoy watching them grow. Many critics and skeptics alike thought that without the likes of Karim Benzema and Mathieu Valbuena, the team would’ve been a failure. To tell the honest truth, I was not scared over losing them. We had the likes of Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann to cover us. We made it to the Euro 2016 final and although we didn’t win, we got back up again.
Payet finally emerged and took centerstage. N’Golo had the world smacking their lips at his skills and Pogba shone on the world stage. Adil Rami came back. Areola is finally being noticed. As for the wonderful Hugo Lloris, well, as a captain, he did everything right and as a goalie, he has excelled where past French goalies hadn’t. I am proud of the entire team.
^ Les Bleus played 17 games, won 13, and had only one defeat which was to Portugal in the final of the Euro 2016.
^ Dimitri Payet racked up the assists with 7
^ Our top scorers are Griezmann and Giroud with 8 goals a’ piece.
This is progress and I am proud to say that we’re going forward. I cannot complain about our campaign this year. Thank you for a beautiful 2016, Les Bleus and here’s to 2017.
Pogba and that 30-yard rocket!
Paul Pogba scored the only goal in the Netherlands v France World Cup qualifier earlier this evening in the 30th minute. Hugo Lloris also came up HUGE in the 89th minute with a BIG save to keep a clean sheet and to save the team’s hide. Les Bleus is now on top of Group A with 7 points.
I won’t be writing a long report tonight because I need to rest, but I am delighted with my boys for making my evening.
ALLEZ LES BLEUS!
Bacary Sagna is believed to have suffered a tear in his thigh and Deschamps made the decision to call up Lille’s Sébastien Corchia. He is a brilliant right-back and I have no complaint. DD is getting his call-ups right.
Les Bleus get is right against Bulgaria, but I was HAPPY for Gameiro the most!
This evening, Kevvy G (as I call him) ran off with the headlines after scoring a brace. This was his first start for Les Bleus since November 2011, but please, don’t get carry away. He is not replacing Olivier Giroud.
Here’s how we lined up:
Les Bleus registered their first victory in the 2018 World Cup qualifying phase after that stalemate against Belarus. The Stade de France was given quite the scare when Bacary Sagna fouled Georgi Milanov and Mihail Aleksandrov converted from the spot in the 6th minute. Les Bleus responded in the 23rd minute through Kevin Gameiro who scored a superb header to make it 1-1. Three minutes later, Dimitri Payet’s cross finds the corner of the net making it 2-1. Antoine Greizmann joined the party in the 38th minute. Gameiro scored the last goal of the game in the 59th minute giving Les Bleus a much-needed boost.
Griezmann with his Euro 2016 Player of the Tournament award
With this 4-1 victory, this is how Group A currently looks like:
4 pts – Netherlands
4 pts – France
4 pts – Sweden
3 pts – Bulgaria
1 pt – Belarus
0 pt – Luxembourg
FUN FACT: No other player has scored more goals for France than Antoine Griezmann (8)
ALLEZ LES BLEUS!!