From our special correspondent in Turin,
After Saint Petersburg, Turin elected friend city of the France team. Three years after the half-winning World Cup against Belgium, the Blues put it back by beating the Red Devils at the start of the Final Four after a completely crazy match at Juventus Stadium (3-2). It was a bad start, however: led 2-0 at the break, Didier Deschamps’ men offered a comeback that Arnaud Montebourg surely appreciated. In the final, the Blues will find Spain, falling for Italy.
A little seum, a lot of spectacle
If we have to be objective, we can say that the football fan had a great evening in Turin, where he got the great match he had come for. Clean, intense but without animosity. There were some morons to whistle the Marseillaise, and taunts from the supporters, but there was also, especially in the first period, a certain courtesy in this way of leaving the other team its phases of possession around the surface. With better control of intervals among our Belgian friends, carried by a particularly brilliant De Bruyne-Hazard tandem in the first period.
On the French side, Deschamps opts for the expected composition in the absence of Kanté. A 3-4-1-2 removable in 5-3-2 in the defensive phase, a reliable time despite a first premature alert from De Bruyne after a blunder by Koundé, but which will eventually crumble over the minutes, until to the two Belgian blows (38th and 48th) at the end of the first period.
Difficult, moreover, to speak about this weak time while sparing Hugo Lloris. The French captain is undoubtedly at fault on both actions, even if we blame Benjamin Pavard more for being walked like a tourist by the first scorer, the former Monegasque Carrasco, on his right lane. On the second, however, it is less easy to become Hugo’s lawyer. Not blocking an angle, even already well closed, facing a striker of the pedigree of Romelu Lukaku is on the verge of professional misconduct.
Théo Hernandez, the beautiful story
Offensively, the start of the match was sluggish. Kylian Mbappé touches a lot of balls but never uses it properly and his parasitic presence the good Griezmann-Benzema. Result of the races, the Belgian defensive trio had a great time and Courtois had nothing to do until the return from the locker room, synonymous with awakening for the Blues.
More aggressive, France moved into the Belgian camp and wiped out the opponent with balloons. The Belgians quickly crack under the pressure: in the 60th, on a formidable pivot shot from Benzema after a good job from Kylian Mbappé, scorer ten minutes later on a penalty obtained by Antoine Griezmann. And, after a last scare on a goal denied to Lukaku, the match ended up tilting in favor of France. Pogba finds the square on a free kick and, above all, Theo Hernandez allows himself to finish the job in stoppage time for his first with his brother in the tricolor jersey. The beautiful story at the end of the night.
Source: 20Minutes – Une by www.20minutes.fr.
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