With Mbappe nursing a calf injury, Martial gets a rare start for the world champions. Varane was given a rest so it meant there was no Man United three in the starting. Ukraine were content to let France have most of the possession, looking to hit on the counter. Deschamps’s team have been on a poor run lately with drawing their last 5 matches. Sometimes having to change the team almost every game can be detrimental, such is the array of talent France has. It’s difficult to please every player and get the results on the pitch as well.
Yarmolenko and goal scorer Shapalenko were the most dangerous attackers for Ukraine. With a little bit of composure Ukraine should have taken the lead when Petrakov blasted over. Check out the shape of the French defense in the play for the goal by Shapalenko. No closing down, in sixes and sevens. Martial’s Achilles heel as always been his finishing. His United teammate Pogba set him up with a beauty of a pass but he fired straight at Pyatov. Even his goal wasn’t the most clinical of shots. A draw is not what was needed here for France. I am getting the Joachim Loew vibes here Didier Deschamps😡.