The French national team fell into the trap of a 1-1 draw against its Ukrainian host, in the meeting that brought them together on Saturday evening, at the “Olympicky Sports” stadium, as part of the fifth round of Group D in the European qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The Ukrainian team excelled with a goal in the first half, scored by Mykola Shabarenko in the 44th minute of the match, with a powerful shot to the left of Hugo Lloris, the French national team goalkeeper.
France national team
In the second half, Manchester United striker Anthony Martial scored the equalizer for the Dukes team in the 50th minute, with a powerful shot that the Ukrainian goalkeeper failed to prevent.
The match witnessed the absence of Kylian Mbappe, the star of Paris Saint-Germain, from the French national team, who left the team’s camp, after suffering a knee injury against Bosnia and Herzegovina last.
The roosters’ team had fallen into the trap of a 1-1 draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina during the meeting that brought the two teams together last Wednesday night.
In the same group, Finland defeated its Kazakh counterpart, with a clean goal, early in the day.
The French team maintained the top spot in Group D with 9 points, while the Ukraine team rose to 5 points in third place, evenly with Finland, the runner-up, with a goal difference.