Marseille – The French national team won 2-1 over Ivory Coast in a test match at the Stade Velodrome, Saturday (26/3/2022) early morning WIB. Olivier Giroud scored one of Les Blues’ two goals .
Even though it was only a test match, both teams showed great desire to win. Especially the players, because this is an opportunity to impress the coach and increase his chances of appearing at the 2022 World Cup.
Ivory Coast took the lead through Nicolas Pepe’s goal in the 19th minute. Starting from a throw-in from Ibrahim Sangare, Pepe passed Lucas Hernandez before firing a low shot into the bottom left corner of the goal. 1-0 to Ivory Coast.
The French national team did not take long to score a reply. In the 22nd minute, the position changed to 1-1 after Olivier Giroud managed to score against Badra Ali Sangare by utilizing an assist from Theo Hernandez.
Both teams are back in the same strong position. The buying and selling of attacks took place throughout the first half. But until the break, the score 1-1 adorned the duel between France and Ivory Coast.
The second half opened opportunities from Theo Hernandez. The AC Milan player entered a space on the left side of the Ivory Coast defense and fired.
However, before the action was taken, Badra Ali Sangare had left the goal and closed the shooting line.
The French national team is still aggressively attacking in order to get the winning goal. But Ivory Coast’s impenetrable defense made it difficult for Didier Descham’s men to get what he wanted.
Goal! Ivory Coast’s back line was caught off guard, and Aurelien Tchouameni managed to put it to good use. The AS Monaco midfielder managed to reach a corner kick from Matteo Guendouzi, and turned it into a goal with a header in injury time.
Until the match ended, the score 2-1 for the French national team victory remained unchanged.
France (3-4-1-2): Hugo Lloris (c); Jules Kunde, Raphael Varane (William Saliba 58′), Lucas Hernandez; Kingsley Coman (Jonathan Clauss 88′), Aurelien Tchouameni, Paul Pogba (Adrien Rabiot 88′), Theo Hernandez; Antoine Griezmann (Matteo Guendouzi 75′); Christopher Nkunku (Wissam Ben Yedder 75′), Olivier Giroud.
Coach : Didier Deschamps (France)
Ivory Coast (4-3-3): Badra Ali Sangare; Serge Aurier (c), Willy Boly, Eric Bailly (Odilon Kossounou 68′), Ghislain Konan; Ibrahim Sangare (Paul Akouokou 76′), Franck Kessie, Jean Michael Seri; Wilfried Zaha (Max-Alain Gradel 84′), Sebastien Haller (Karim Konate 84′), Nicolas Pepe (Maxwel Cornet 86′).
Coach : Patrice Beaumelle (Ivory Coast)