Nations League, Matchday 3
Ernst Happel Stadion (Vienna)
Goals: Weimann (37th) for Austria; Mbappé (83rd) for France
Faced with a good and solid Austrian team, France struggled to bring back a draw. Kylian Mbappé made a saving entrance.
The start of the French match was timid. However, the Blues created the first big opportunity. On a free kick from Griezmann, goalkeeper Pentz repelled the ball with difficulty then Benzema headed back but Pentz deflected and his defender Wober cleared in front of the goal line (18th). France seemed to be in control as Diaby hurt the Austrian defense. However, Austria struck first. Arnautovic found Laimer in the area, which served Weimann who concluded in the axis. Despite a nice wrapped shot from Benzema (43rd) well diverted by Pentz, France returned to the locker room muzzled and a little helpless in terms of opportunities.
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Back to the wall, France had to react in the second half. The Blues laid siege to the Austrian area, facing a team entirely devoted to keeping score. The situations were linked: Pavard tried from a distance but came up against Pentz (55th), Coman eliminated the defenders in the area but sent the ball over. Kylian Mbappé entered the hour mark and was finally going to get France out of the mess it was in. On an action well launched by Konaté, Nkunku launched Mbappé who overtook everyone and shot Pentz. Immediately after, he again infiltrated the Austrian defense but this time Pentz and the bar intervened. Despite the domination and the entry of Mbappé, France was too short to win in Vienna. The Blues will have to wait until Monday and the reception of Croatia to hope to win the first match in this league of nations.