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Olivier Giroud joins France’s top 10 record goal scorers

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.

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WCQ: Kevin Gameiro shines in Les Bleus victory against Bulgaria

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!!

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WCQ: Just call Edinson Cavani the history maker

Edinson Cavani continues to make his critics take seats and I am LOVING it!

El Matador is on a roll for both country and club. Last night, he was instrumental in Uruguay’s 3-0 victory against Venezuela, scoring a brace although Venezuela was the livelier side. Nicolas Lodeiro struck first. Cavani scored seconds after the break and again in the 79th minute to make it 3-0. 

Uruguay remains on top of the CONMEBOL group while Venezuela remains at the bottom (and winless) after 9 matches.

Cavani is now tied with Diego Forlán (36 goals) as Uruguay’s top scorer. Only Luis Suárez has more: 46

Cavani is the current leading scorer in:

Europe’s top 5 leagues – 8 goals

CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying – 7 goals

Champions League – 3 goals

Keep doing you, boy! ❤

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WCQ: Disappointed with Les Bleus draw

Watching Les Bleus against Belarus last evening was a major disappointment given that this is the path to the 2018 World Cup. This is the path that Les Bleus have to take in order to secure their safe passage to Russia and they failed miserably during their first game. 

Well, that was a little harsh, but someone has to say it. 

via Twitter

Les Bleus played to a scoreless draw against a stern Belarus side that was unwilling to repeat their 3-1 loss to the French in 2012. I think Deschamps need to make better starting selections in terms of chemistry and synchronization. I didn’t see any of that out there last evening. Steve Mandanda barely saw the ball, so his clean sheet was justified. Giroud had a hat trick of lovely chances, but his first touch failed him severely. Varane enjoyed a much better game than the 3-1 victory in the friendly against Italy. Sissoko simply ran out of energy and steam. Nothing clicked and when Les Bleus doesn’t click, we don’t get the desired result.

However, I believe in this team and I hope that we’ll get it right in the next game.

ALLEZ LES BLEUS!!

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World Cup 2018: qualifying draws

The draw for the European group stages for World Cup Russia 2018:

GROUP A

Netherlands, FRANCE, Sweden, Bulgaria, Belarus, Luxembourg

GROUP B

Portugal, Switzerland, Hungary, Faroe Islands, Latvia, Andorra

GROUP C

Germany, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Norway, Azerbaijan, San Marino

GROUP D

Wales, Austria, Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Moldova, Georgia

GROUP E

Romania, Denmark, Poland, Montenegro, Armenia, Kazakhstan

GROUP F

England, Slovakia, Scotland, Slovenia, Lithuania, Malta

GROUP G

Spain, Italy, Albania, Israel, FYR Macedonia, Liechtenstein

GROUP H

Belgium, Bosnia, Greece, Estonia, Cyrus

GROUP I

Croatia, Iceland, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland