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World champions, the Blues suffered their first defeat (2-0) Saturday against Turkey in qualifying for the Euro-2020 rival in Konya. The Turks have delighted the first place in Group H to the French team.
The French team, world champion 2018, dropped heavily in Turkey (2-0) against a host team without complex, driven by a boiling stage and takes the lead of group H for qualifications to the Euro. 2020 in front of the France team.
While it remained on two victories in Moldova (4-1) and against Iceland (4-0), the French football team dropped heavily in Konya, Turkey, on two goals, one from 'Ayhan (30e) and the other from Ünder (40e). The Blues will play their next qualifying match on Tuesday 11 June in Andorra, one of the lowest European qualifiers, ranked at 134e world rank.
"We take a nice slap tonight," admitted at the microphone of TF1 the French coach Didier Deschamps. "After a collective performance like that, there's nothing to be positive: we did not do the match we needed against a team that played as it likes to play, and we were not This is the high level, whether you are world champions or not.
Didier Deschamps's men were expecting a "hostile" host committee in the Anatolian metropolis, as pious in town as a fervent supporter of "Milli Takim" in its intimidating 42,000-seat stadium. But it was even worse than expected.
Bleus conspired to warm up and Marseillaise whistled on one side, deafening songs and red tide of flags and Turkish jerseys on the other: the fans played their role perfectly, transforming the evening poster into real hell for them. French.
# EURO2020 – Didier … disillusioned!
"We took a nice slap tonight: after a collective performance like that, there is nothing to remember positive".
Didier Deschamps after the defeat of his team, beaten 2-0 by Turkey in Konya. #AFP #TURFRA pic.twitter.com/9cyJ8Zw37h
AFP Sports (@AFPSport) June 8, 2019
On paper, the match seemed unbalanced. But the Turks, in contact and on the base, have jostled Bleus too enterprising.
Deschamps had yet released a team of world champions. Nine of the eleven holders of the Russian final were aligned at kickoff! Absent in Russia, left-back Lucas Digne, and midfielder Moussa Sissoko completed the star cast, in the absence of Lucas Hernandez and N'Golo Kanté, both of them.
The camp opposite was further weakened by the absence of several major players (Emre Belözoglu, Ozan Kabak …). Meanwhile, Hakan Calhanoglu, midfielder of AC Milan and presumed to be wearing the captain's armband, was left on the bench at kickoff.
Without complex, the Turks applied to the letter the instructions of their coach, Senol Günes, recalled as savior to straighten a national selection at the bottom of the hole.
"We're going to have our audience behind us, we have to know how to play our game, try to dominate the game, be focused and motivated for 90 minutes", had exposed Friday the hero of the Turkish epic at the World-2002, ended on the third step of the podium.
Ünder buries the Blues
His players fought a tough midfielder, helped by twirling Cengiz Ünder, to clinch their first win in five comparisons against France.
The young striker of AS Roma (21 Senol Günesans) first dropped a center at the far post for Merih Demiral who put Kaan Ayhan, the leading scorer (31e).
The Konya stadium pressure cooker exploded again ten minutes later, when Ünder handed the cover back crucifixing Hugo Lloris (40).e).
The French captain who had not conceded two goals since the last defeat of the Blues, mid-November in the Netherlands (0-2), avoided an even more spectacular sinking by stopping attempts by Burak Yilmaz (55e), of Ayhan (56e) and Mahmut Tekdemir.
With no idea, no creativity, no real opportunity, the Blues have failed to show their usual conquering face. Olivier Giroud did not weigh, and Kylian Mbappé showed himself at best transparent, when he was not dangerous by his losses of ball.
Deschamps tried a shot at the break with the outings of Lucas Digne and Blaise Matuidi, replaced by Ferland Mendy and Kingsley Coman, without more success.
It is surely time for the champions of the world that the holidays arrive, leached that they are by the long season which followed the world cup, in club and in selection. But before leaving the crampons in the locker room, there is one last game to play Tuesday in Andorra.
A burst of pride is expected from the team of Antoine Griezmann on the synthetic field of the country, as much for the honor as for the following qualifications.
Authors of a faultless so far, the Turks will do everything not to abandon the first place of the group. They move Tuesday in Iceland, second tie (5 pts) with France.
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