UEFA Nations League: Mbappé relieves a flu-ridden France as Koundé retires due to injury | Sports | The USA Print

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There are two months left before the World Cup and the current champion is immersed in the fight to save the category in the League of Nations. There is no comparison between one objective and the other, but the situation serves to alert us to the difficulties of the French team, which beat Austria after an hour of traffic jam (2-0) and on Sunday, in the closing of the group stage of the competition organized by UEFA, will depend on itself not to fall to League B. A tie in Denmark would leave it at the expense of the Austrians, who will host Croatia, leader of the group, in the Viennese Prater.

France

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Mike Maignan (Areola, min. 45), Varane, Koundé (William Saliba, min. 22), Benoit Badiashile Mukinayi, Jonathan Clauss, Aurelien Tchouameni, Ferland Mendy, Youssouf Fofana, Giroud (Nkunku, min. 78), Griezmann (Ousmane Dembélé, min. 78) and Kylian Mbappe (Randal Kolo Muani, min. 91)

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Austria

Patrick Pentz, Lienhart, Alaba (Stefan Posch, min. 69), Wöber, Trimmel, Xavier Schlager, M. Sabitzer (Romano Schmid, min. 68), Weimann (Dejan Ljubicic, min. 49), Nicolas Seiwald, Arnautovic (Gregoritsch , min. 63) and Karim Onisiwo (Christoph Baumgartner, min. 63)

goals 1-0 min. 55: Kylian Mbappe. 2-0 min. 64: Giroud.

Yellow cards Weimann (min. 37)

Mbappé turned on the light in Paris. He scored the goal that opened the triumph of his team after a prodigious diagonal in which he moved like a flash, with two more marches than his pursuers in a new display of exuberance. His final shot was at the height of the display: everything seemed resounding. The PSG striker was the beacon of a team with more passion than football in which Tchouaméni once again left unbeatable sensations both in defense and in joining the attack: his Chilean crashed into the crossbar when France tried to get ahead on the scoreboard.

For the Gauls that first goal was the key to the match. Mbappé scored almost at the hour of the game and shortly after Giroud sentenced with a header after Griezmann’s cross, who enjoyed the ownership and freedom to move around the front of the attack. Austria barely stirred.

However, even in victory, setbacks do not stop for France. Halfway through the first part, Koundé ordered a stop. The Barcelona center-back felt some muscle discomfort, asked for the change and sat down on the pitch waiting for a substitute. On the horizon is the duel against Real Madrid scheduled for October 16, just after the double continental duel against Inter.

Didier Deschamps raised his eyebrows and called out Saliba, the Arsenal centre-back. He has a surplus in the position of the French coach, but he does not stop receiving bad news also from the infirmary. Lloris, Benzema, Pogba, Kanté, Kimpembé, Rabiot or the two Hernández brothers, Lucas and Theo, skipped this call due to injury. When he called up footballers like Kamara or Digne, they were also damaged and he had to find new replacements.

France will not reach the top of the group, which is between Croatia and Denmark. The Balkans, with Modric at the helm, took the lead after beating the Danes (2-1) in a frenetic epilogue duel. Another of the accesses to the semifinals of the League of Nations will take place on Sunday in a direct duel between the Netherlands and Belgium in Amsterdam. The Dutch are worth the tie after their victory in Poland (0-2). The Belgians got rid of Wales (2-1), who kept Gareth Bale on the bench until half an hour from the end. Just at that moment was when Hazard left a game in which he left a couple of flashes, especially a monumental heel pipe to Rodon, a Welsh center-back. In reality, those who made the difference were Kevin de Bruyne and Batshuayi, who shared the goals after two connections.

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