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Two years at the Camp Nou were enough to make it clear that he was not a player for Barça. Or this is one of the affirmations that more is made in the Barcelona mass. Even from Laporta. Surely they are more right than a saint but Antoine, When you did not see the Barça shirt, he insists on denying the greatest. Two goals to frame and could have been more.
Lloris; Zouma, Varane, Kimpembe (Lenglet 90 ‘); Dubois (Mukiele 68 ‘), Pogba, Rabiot, Theo; Griezmann (Tchouaméni 90 ‘); Martial (Ben Yedder 80 ‘), Benzema.
Hradecky; Alho (Raitala 81 ‘), Väisänen, Arajuuri, Daniel, Uronen (Soiri 62’); Nissilä (Kairinen 73 ‘), Schüller (Valakari 62’), Kamara; Pukki, Pohjanpalo (Jensen 73 ‘).
1-0 M.25 Griezmann; 2-0 M.53 Griezmann.
Deniz Aytekin (Germany). TA: Schüller (3 ‘), Pukki (65’), Arajuuri (72 ‘).
The Deschamps team came out with much more dynamism than in the last two qualifying matches where they did not go beyond a draw. The three center backs allowed Theo to join the attack. It was precisely the Milan player who had the first of the game with a low shot that brushed the left post of Hradecky’s goal.
Finland did not shrink and continued to show that the defensive strength of the reigning world champions is not that of yesteryear. A Schüller cross finished off by Välsänen almost silenced the Groupama Stadium. Perhaps it was the turning point for a France that clung to the association Greizmann-Benzema to get ahead on the scoreboard.
Both combined in a first warning where the Finnish goalkeeper took the goal from Karim. The role reversal did work. It was the Madrid player who gave it almost his heel to Antoine and the brand new Atlético player sent it inside with a touch of exterior, pure work of art.
France was having a great time and even more so ‘the little prince’. He was everywhere and in the second half, the two partners appeared again. Benzema got away from two Finnish players with a feint and soft touch within the reach of few, combined with Dubois and the pass for Griezmann, who almost missed the baseline, The former Barça player sent him to the bottom of the tights without an angle.
It is absolutely incredible how the face of the French ‘7’ changes when he wears the elastic ‘bleu’. And he had it for the hat-trick that if he gets in, he was a candidate for the Puskas award. Not because of ‘Griezzie’s’ shot, but because of the combined play between the French players. France loosened but he won again, finally. Five games later.