France is still missing a victory to qualify for a direct way to EURO 2020. For the first time in five years, however, the reigning world champion will have to do without Blaise Matuidi. Another player hopes for a sense of achievement in the ranks of the Equipe Tricolore.
Perfect attitude notes: Antoine Griezmann meets in Moldova to make it 1-0 for France.
From the last two games of qualifying Group H, France still need a win to qualify for the EURO 2020. This should be the reigning champions in the games on Thursday evening against Moldova and on Sunday in Albania (each 20.45, LIVE! At kicker.de and on DAZN) actually succeed. However, national coach Didier Deschamps has to give up one of his most important players.
For as Deschamps announced, Blaise Matuidi has injured in the 1-0 victory of Juventus on Sunday night against AC Milan and is not available for the final games of the European Championship qualifiers. Deschamps responded to the failure of the 32-year-old and nominated Arsenal Matteo Guendouzi after.
Hard to believe, but true: For the first time in five years, the Equipe Tricolore will have to do without Matuidi. Last time, the midfielder had missed in the fall of 2014. In the two test matches on 14 November 2014 against Albania (1: 1) and on 18 November 2018 against Sweden (1-0) Matuidi could not participate. Since then he was in each of the following competitive games at least in the squad.
As once in March: Griezmann hopes for a sense of achievement
But there is Antoine Griezmann. For the attacker, it is not at all round at FC Barcelona, the Frenchman has in the high-caliber offensive of the Catalans so far more than a tough stand. Now he wants to get in the jersey of the national team new self-confidence. And especially in Moldova he has the best memories. For in the 4: 1 first leg in March in Chisinau he scored with a dream goal, the 1-0 lead for the Bleus. After a pass from Raphael Varane he first dribbled across the box and fit back to Paul Pogba. The ManUnited player immediately lobbed the ball right into the path of the starting Griezmann, who finished with a great volley.