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PLAYER RATINGS | France 0-0 Luxembourg

The player ratings following France’s World Cup qualifying draw at home to bottom of the group Luxembourg.

Hugo Lloris – 6

Les Bleus’ captain had next to nothing to do throughout the game. He was solid when called upon, however, with the odd catch or stop here and there to deny what was a quiet Luxembourg strikeforce.

Djibril Sidibé – 6

The Monaco man put in a solid display defensive wise and perhaps an even better one offensively. Linking with Mbappé and putting crosses into the box, Sidibé provided ball after ball for the attackers to pounce on.

Laurent Koscielny – 5

France’s senior defender was fairly solid, comfortable on the ball and complemented his partner well. He may have been slightly rash on a few occasions but overall, a calm and collected display.

Samuel Umtiti – 6

Umtiti, like his partner was smooth on the ball and competent defensively. Not a huge amount to say for a rather quiet night in defence, the Barcelona man was consistent all night and will surely stake a claim for a starting place when Varane returns.

Layvin Kurzawa – 4

Similarly to Sidibé, Kurzawa played the ball into the box on countless occasions, but to no avail, with horrendous accuracy. He was however firm in defence and worked well with Kingsley Coman in the latter stages of the match.

Kylian Mbappé – 6

Paris’ new boy was lively for his whole 60 minutes; he very much took the game to his opponent, toying with the defence as he usually does. He experimented with the ball and combined well with Sidibé on the right side.

Paul Pogba – 6

Pogba dominated midfield with his monstrous stature and engaged efficiently with Kanté, his ever-present passing ability was called into action once more and he obliged. He often dropped in between the central defenders to sweep up the ball before moving it forward.

N’Golo Kanté – 6

Kanté was pretty much faultless; alongside Pogba he controlled the game. His long passes were a joy to watch and his effortless defensive ability may have drawn the line between an embarrassment, and a total disaster for the French.

Thomas Lemar – 7

He drifted in from the wing for almost the duration of the game, operating effectively as a central-attacking midfielder. His movement on the ball made him the heart of everything, but of the numerous  chances created, none were put away by his team-mates.

Olivier Giroud – 5

Giroud held up and won the ball in the box but failed to even reach chances, let alone take advantage of them. In fairness, Luxembourg’s resolute defensive setup didn’t allow him a whole lot of space, though still a poor performance.

Antoine Griezmann – 5

Although he may have hit the crossbar, Griezmann’s glaring 12th minute miss will have certainly come back to haunt him. Aside from that, he played off of Giroud well, and dropped into receive the ball before sparking another attack, he contributed a shift defensively too.

Substitutes:

Alexandre Lacazette – 5

Lacazette had few chances but of those that he did, he failed to really test the ‘keeper. Arsenal’s new man made plenty of runs in behind but couldn’t convert when given the opportunity.

Kingsley Coman – 6

A good display from Coman in the 30 minutes he had to impose his game, he hugged the touchline and presented chance after chance for his team-mates. His one-on-one capability shone, dazzling Luxembourg right-back Laurent Jans each time and posing an attacking threat throughout.

Nabil Fekir – N/A

 



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