Kylian Mbappe helped France secure a late victory against Croatia
Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe scored a late minute goal for France as they claimed a victory against Croatia yet again to remain level on points with group leader Portugal.
The Croatians have never claimed a victory against the Les Blues, they lost their last match against them in the Nations League and before that lost 4-2 against them in the 2018 World Cup final. They were also defeated 2-1 in the 1998 World Cup semifinals. To Croatia, this serves as some never-ending frustration.
The Didier Deschamps’ team was able to take the lead in just eight minutes into the match as Antoine Griezmann found the back of the net. This lead was canceled out by Nikola Vlasic 19 minutes after the break; online casino games had formerly predicted a fight back from the Croatian team with odds, giving fans a chance to earn winnings.
Zlatko Dalic’s team were able to gain aground on the pitch for while before the newly-substituted Paul Pogba flicked an impressive pass to left-back Lucas Digne, who in turn made a volley pass to PSG forward Mbappe and the French forward made no mistake from a close to score his 16th international goal as goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic was unable to prevent it.
After seeing the lead taken away from them, the Croatian team pressed and Andrej Kramaric came close to leveling the scoreline for them in the 90th minute but was denied as he drew the shot straight toward French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Griezmann found the back of the net in the eight-minute after the Croatian’s defense was unable to clear a cross from Ferland Mendy. This saw the crawl over to the French forward, who in turn found the top left corner giving the goalkeeper no chance whatsoever. This is Griezmann’s 33rd international goal for his country.
The Les Blues should have been awarded a penalty in the 19th minute when Anthony Martial was pulled downwards in the box by Domagoj Vida when through on goal, but referee Bjorn Kuipers ignored the call for penalty and instead waved play on.
For the full 90 minutes, the Dalic’s team had the support of the 7,000 fans at the Zagreb’s Maksimir Stadium but was left frustrated after Lloris saved most of their goal attempts.
At the end of the match, Croatia made a total of 10 shots with only 4 hitting the target, they also took 53 percent of the ball possession. The Croatian team was quiet in the first half of the match and only improved after the break, which resulted in their goal at the 64th minute.
This loss sees Croatia remain in the third spot in the Group 3, France maintains their spot as the second leader of the group behind Portugal, who currently lead the Deschamps’ team on goal difference, with casino sur internet providing odds for each match to be played in the group and every other one.
Portugal went up 10 points in the Group 3 after defeating Sweden in a 3-0 victory as Diogo Jota and Bernando Silva was on the scoresheet.
France will be traveling to Lisbon to face the Portugal team on November 14.
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