France coach Didier Deschamps stressed the importance of his 2-1 victory over his Finnish guest in the match that brought them together on Tuesday evening at the Groupama Stadium in the sixth round of Group D of the European qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.
Deschamps spoke after the end of the match, saying: “The win was necessary tonight, and we got some good things from the match. The team played as a team and the performance was good.”
The cocks coach added, “We had to win after a draw in the last two matches. The players were frustrated because of the lack of victory during the past two matches.”
The French coach praised the star Griezmann, saying: “It worked out well today, and his favorite position was in the axis, with Karim Benzema, and I do not want to forget Anthony Martial, we put what is needed to create a lot of chances, Griezmann scored and Karim could do it , the three attacking players did their turn.
France national team
France ended the first half superior to a goal scored by Antoine Griezmann, who recently returned to the ranks of his former club, Atletico Madrid, in the 25th minute of the match, after receiving a pass from Karim Benzema, and he shot it in a wonderful way to the left of the Finnish goalkeeper.
In the second half, Griezmann returned to add the second goal in the 53rd minute, after receiving a pass from Dubois, then he dribbled the defender and put the ball to the left of the Finland goalkeeper in a wonderful way.
Griezmann became the fourth top scorer for the national team in history, with 41 goals, equal to former star Michel Platini. Thierry Henry is France’s top scorer with 51 goals, then AC Milan striker Olivier Giroud with 46 goals.
Fourth group ranking
The French team strengthened its lead in Group D with 12 points, while Finland’s balance stopped at 5 points in fourth place. In the same group, Bosnia and Herzegovina tied with its Kazakh guest, 2-2.