Barcelona player Ousmane Dembele woke up France on their way to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and put his team’s first qualifying victory on track in Nur Sultan against modest Kazakhstan (0-2).
After the stumble in Paris in the premiere against Ukraine, Didier Deschamps’ team confirmed the predictions 5,000 kilometers from home. He did it with a deeply renewed eleven compared to the Saint Denis meeting and with a Dembele who, in a state of grace, as in Barcelona, marked the differences.
The French coach proposed a totally different defense and midfield, with Dubois, Zouma, Lenglet and Digne behind, and Paul Pogba and Tanguy Ndombele in the midfield. The also Barcelona player Griezmann, author of the goal against Ukraine, remained in the team and was accompanied by the athletic Lemar, Martial and Dembele.
After a prodigious oriented control at eight minutes, Dembele began to decant the contest with an accurate shot after receiving the ball from Martial. France sentenced the clash before the break with an own goal from Sergei Maliy.
In his first start with the ‘bleus’ since October 2018, the Barcelona player finally managed to launch his scoring account in an official match (he had scored two goals in two friendlies against England in June 2017 and Italy in June 2018). A new endorsement in this new version of Dembele, decisive in his club and in his selection.
Deschamps, with the party on track, took an hour to start moving his pawns. Kylian Mbappe, former Sevilla player Wissam Ben Yedder and Adrien Rabiot entered for Martial, Griezmann and Pogba. The PSG star had the lace in his boots with a quarter of an hour to go due to a penalty from Nuraly Alip, but his shot was stopped by Aleksandr Mokin.
Dembele also had another opportunity, but France did not need more to reach the goal of taking Nur Sultan’s three points on the 85th anniversary of the history of the team against a modest and much inferior opponent but who is increasingly rocky. and more solid behind. The next chapter for the French will be more demanding, in Sarajevo against Bosnia Herzegovina.
– Data sheet:
0 – Kazakhstan: Mokin, Bystrov, Erlanov, Maliy, Alip, Valiullin (Samorodov, m.83), Muzhikov (Vorogovskiy, m.65), Tagybergen, Vassiljev (Astanov, m.89), Nurgaliyev (Karimov, m.83 ) and Fedin (Tungyshbayev, m.65).
2 – France: Lloris, Dubois, Zouma, Lenglet, Digne, Pogba (Rabiot, m.60), Ndombele (Sissoko, m.82), Dembele (Coman, m.90), Griezmann (Ben Yedder, m.60) , Lemar and Martial (Mbappe, m.59).
Goals: 0-1, M.19: Dembele. 0-2, m.44: Maliy, own goal
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR). He admonished Dembele (m.88)
Incidents: Group D qualifying match for the Qatar World Cup played at the Astana Arena.