France collected its first win in World Cup qualifying by beating Kazakhstan 2-Zero on Sunday, with Kylian Mbappe’s second-half penalty miss proving insignificant for the reigning champions.
France coach Didier Deschamps made a raft of adjustments from the 1-1 draw with Ukraine that opened the world champions’ Group B marketing campaign and one of many gamers recalled, Ousmane Dembele, drove dwelling the primary objective from the sting of the world within the 19th minute.
Kazakhstan inadvertently gifted the French a second objective within the 44th when Sergey Malyy headed a nook from Antoine Griezmann into his personal web because the defender jostled with Paul Pogba within the space.
The nook had solely come about following an unimaginable goal-line clearance by Malyy to disclaim Anthony Martial a easy header into the web from shut vary.
They had been France’s solely two efforts heading in the right direction within the first half however the staff created extra openings after the break, with Kazakhstan goalkeeper Alexandr Mokin saving brilliantly from Dembele and Mbappe, who got here on after Martial harm his left knee.
Mbappe received a penalty within the 75th after being tripped by Nuraly Alip, however his spot kick was tipped apart by Mokin.
Martial, the Manchester United ahead, appeared to injure himself by getting his studs caught within the artificial turf at Astana Enviornment in Nur-Sultan, the kind of challenge Deschamps was involved about earlier than the match.
There didn’t seem like some other accidents, leaving Deschamps with loads of choices for the qualifier at Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday, which is anticipated to be harder for the French.
Ukraine performs Finland later Sunday.