France wins crucial match against Iceland (1-0)

Mission accomplished for the Blues: the men of Didier Deschamps won 1 to 0 against Iceland in this qualifier for the Euro. They needed three points to compete with Turkey in this group H, with whom they are first tied.

The thread of the match

After a bland first half, where the two teams were observed, Griezmann caused a penalty in the 66th minute of play, transformed by Olivier Giroud. The Blues have been able to count on their usual qualities with a Giroud always effective in his role of pivot, a Griezmann who gives himself to each recovery and a solid defense. Nothing new … but must we complain about it?

With 74% possession, the Blues could still score, especially on this final action where there was a mess in the Icelandic surface Ben Yedder, well placed, unfortunately missed the frame. But the essential was assured: the three points of victory.

The strong point: the Icelandic defense

Iceland has not innovated more, with a fairly classic 4-4-2, but very well oiled. The Icelandic defensive block played low and very well slipped, leaving little space and therefore little ground to a Coman to place lightning accelerations. No wonder the Blues have had trouble finding the flaw.

The continuation of hostilities

With this victory, France has taken a big step towards qualifying for the Euro. But Turkey, co-leader with the Blues, also won their match against Albania 1-0 (goal in the 90th). The two teams remain ahead of group H, before their clash Monday night at the Stade de France (20:45). In case of success of the French, the qualification will this time be sure and certain. The Blues had lost 2 to 0 in June in the first leg.


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