France – Austria – The notes of the Blues: Olivier Giroud – Kylian Mbappé, a couple full of future

Mike Maignan: 5

No stops, a quiet evening, correct raises and… a calf injury. The blue curse hit the Milan goalkeeper forced to give up his place at the break.

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The notes: Giroud – Mbappé, a couple with a bright future


Replaced by Alphonse Areola: 5

He didn’t have much to eat either, but completed a neutral performance with a disquieting exit and then a worrying raise. Without consequence.

  • In short… Went from number 3 to number 1 in a few days. Far from the serenity of a Maignan or a Lloris.

Jonathan Clauss: 5.5

Out of breath at OM in his last matches, the former Lensois has found some color. He generally ruled his lane and offered precise but poorly exploited centers (13th, 39th). He misses a face-to-face offered by Griezmann (52nd).

France – Austria: the Blues satisfied

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Jules Koundé: Not rated

After an uneventful and well-controlled start to the match, the Barcelona player had to give up his place for a muscle injury

Replaced by William Saliba: 5

Serene, as always. Never worried, the former Stéphanois, always straight as an i, managed with ease what came his way. Not always serene in pressure raises, he never really pitched.

  • In short… Like its other outings in Blue, correct.

Raphael Varane: 7

Not always imperial during his last outings in the France team, Varane ensured his role as boss of the back lines, especially during a second period of high flight. He extinguished every Austrian inclination by always making the right choices. And in the air, he disgusted his evening opponents.

  • In short… The return of the great Varane.

Benedict Badiashile: 6.5

A lot of freshness and, above all, a lot of accuracy. From the kick-off, we felt Badiashile in his garden at the Stade de France. Like this opening of 50m for a Giroud a hair too short (10th). The technical quality of his left foot offered clean raises in shambles and in the duels, he never trembled.

  • In short… In the event of a glitch from Kimpembe or Lucas Hernandez, the Blues are armed.

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Ferland Mendy: 5

Rarely put in difficulty on his side, he missed opportunities to set fire to the Austrian defense like his pass too far back for Mbappé (36th). More liberated after the break, he finally made individual differences and delivered a good cross for Giroud (48th).

  • In short… It will take a lot more to worry Théo Hernandez. Too neutral.

Youssouf Fofana: 6.5

A first in slippers. He too marked his territory from his first selection. Very comfortable in midfield, he surprised by his audacity by systematically playing forward. It is also he who finds the space and Griezmann on the second French goal. If he misses a golden opportunity (45th), his volume of play and his ideas caused a lot of hassle for the Austrians even if he lost his influence in the second half.

  • In short… Two Doha from Qatar?

Youssouf Fofana was pretty good for his first in France-Austria

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Aurelien Tchouameni: 6

He was almost like a manager in this baroque team. Tchouaméni is in his very high standards in the France team. His acrobatic return full of power deserved better than the crossbar but it testifies to the confidence of the Madrid player in a team that is his now. His complementarity with Fofana relieved the French team in the absence of bosses Pogba and Kanté.

  • In short… With him, the Blues are in good hands.

Antoine Griezmann: 6

He started off very slowly losing a good amount of ammunition. But the Madrilenian has quietly increased in power by distributing the small wonders for Mendy (35th) then Clauss (52nd). But it was ultimately Giroud who turned his pretty center into gold. Another decisive pass for a Grizou who often finds colors in selection.

  • In short… Important. As usual.

Replaced by Ousmane Dembélé (79th).

Kylian Mbappe: 7.5

A slalom then a mine: Mbappé unlocked the meeting with class and a crash. The Parisian is at the origin of most French movements. We can blame him for a few gluttons and a certain clumsiness in the last gesture (27th, 90th). But what an activity and what a goal!

  • In short… When he puts the turbo, he is unplayable.

Replaced by Randal Kolo Muani (90th).

Olivier Giroud: 7.5

He first shone with his delivery game. If his relations have sometimes been fresh with Kylian Mbappé off the field, the technical relationship between the two men was the main strong point of the Blues this Thursday. It is also the Milanese who launches the Parisian on the opener. His monstrous helmet shot not only allowed him to score his 49th goal for the France team but also to crown a full match. Released to the cheers of the Stade de France.

  • In short… Can the Blues decently do without it?

Replaced by Christopher Nkunku (79th).

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