Ousmane Dembele impressed France to a 2-0 victory over Kazakhstan on Sunday in its second match in World Cup qualifying Group D.
Four days after being held 1-1 by Ukraine on the Stade de France, the world champion constructed its win within the first half with Sergiy Maliy’s personal objective including to Dembele’s opener earlier than Kylian Mbappe missed a second-half penalty.
France moved prime of the standings with 4 factors, forward of its Wednesday opponents Bosnia, Ukraine and Finland.
Ukraine hosts Finland afterward Sunday. Kazakhstan has zero factors after enjoying its first recreation of the marketing campaign.
Only captain Hugo Lloris and Antoine Griezmann remained from the staff who began in opposition to Ukraine, with the Barcelona ahead setting a brand new report of 45 consecutive begins for Les Bleus.
He beat the earlier mark of Patrick Vieira, who began 44 video games in a row between 1999 and 2002.
It was Griezmann’s membership teammate Dembele who broke the impasse on the twentieth minute with a right-footed shot after being arrange by Anthony Martial following a defence-splitting go from Paul Pogba.
Dembele has simply returned to the France aspect, approaching as a second-half substitute in opposition to Ukraine greater than two years after his earlier cap in November 2018.
His third worldwide objective from 23 appearances, his first since a 3-1 pleasant win in opposition to Italy in June 2018, got here as a great addition lower than two months earlier than coach Didier Deschamps names his squad for this yr’s European Championship.
Les Bleus doubled the lead on the stroke of halftime when Maliy, who had simply denied Martial, headed a cross into his personal web.
France was by no means threatened and had a giant alternative so as to add a 3rd within the 76th minute, however Mbappe’s spot-kick was saved by Aleksandr Mokin.