First official victory of France in 2022 with super Giroud-Bappe

First official victory of France in 2022 with super Giroud-Bappe
First official victory of France in 2022 with super Giroud-Bappe

Ten months without a win in an official match was a long time for her France. And the goal of first place in the Nations League may have been irretrievably lost, but the Tricolors improved their face at the right time, defeated Austria (2-0) and were more convincing than ever this year, two months before the start of the World Cup.

Didier Deschamps’ side, despite 11 injuries (turned into 12 due to Coute’s forced substitution), were in good spirits offensively, and Pencs had a terrible day in the first half. The triplet of Bape-Giro-Griezman, however, provided the solutions after the break.

The Paris Saint-Germain star scored a delightful goal with a terrific run and stride in front of the centre, passing whoever he found to “execute” in the center of the home team, in the 56th minute. Nine minutes later, from an assist by Griezmann, Giroud with a terrific header in the air made the final 2-0 and became the oldest scorer in the history of the French national team eight days before he turned 36, while also approaching the record holder Thierry Henry with two goals ( 49 instead of 51).

THE Croatian on the other hand he became the boss in the group, prevailing after a great game by Denmark with 2-1. Scorers of the match three “artists” with the same number of goals outside the area. Stuttgart’s Borna Sosa in the 49th minute with an elusive technique and a dribble, Christian Eriksen in the 77th minute with a “remote controlled” goal from 25-30 meters for 1-1 and two minutes later, the “golden” substitution of Zlatko Dalic , the virtuoso, Lovro Mayer with an equally beautiful shot from outside the area.

Results Croatia – Denmark 1-0
France – Austria 2-0

1. Croatia 10 (5-5)

2. Denmark 9 (7-5)
3. France 5 (5-5)
4. Austria 4 (5-7)

Next matchday (25/9):

Denmark – France
Austria – Croatia

4th group

The Netherlands continued its journey in the 4th group of the Nations League, which prevailed 2-0 in Poland and remained at the top. The Oranie were lucky enough to open the scoring in the 14th minute with Gapko, while in the 60th minute Bergwein combined beautifully with Jansen and scored an excellent goal for 2-0.

A win that kept the Netherlands at +3 ahead of Belgium ahead of their top-of-the-table encounter, who in turn did their duty against Wales and kept their top-flight hopes alive. Martinez’s team took the lead with De Bruyne’s superb left-footer (10′), while in the 37th minute the Manchester City midfielder went from executioner to creator to set up Batshuayi for 2-0. The only thing the Welsh managed was to reduce the final 2-1 with Moore (50′).


Belgium – Wales 2-1
Poland – Netherlands 0-2


1. Netherlands 13 (13-6)
2. Belgium 10 (11-7)
3. Poland 4 (5-12)
4. Wales 1 (6-10)

Next matchday (25/9)

Wales v Poland
Netherlands – Belgium

League C

1st group

First (bloodless) gela for Turkey, which avoided the absolute disaster against Luxembourg and got at least the point that secured its first place (3-3). In a thrilling match for… strong nerves, the visitors opened the scoring with Martins in the 8th minute after a tragic defensive error, before Uder equalized eight minutes later from the penalty spot. In the 37th minute, Luxembourg regained the lead with Sinani scoring, but the joy proved to be short-lived as two minutes later an own goal by Sanot restored the balance. The pace remained high in the second half as well, with Luxembourg finding the net once again with Rodriguez (69′). However, Ismail’s shot in the 87th minute saved Turkey, which lost its first points but secured the first place in the group, which will promote it to League B.

At the same time, the Faroe Islands were tied 1-1 against Lithuania in an indifferent match. Andreasen opened the scoring for the visitors in the 22nd minute, but Lithuania responded and got their first point with a goal by Lamia’s ace Slivka.


Turkey – Luxembourg 3-3
Lithuania – Faroe Islands 1-1


1. Turkey 13 (17-3)
2. Luxembourg 8 (8-7)
3. Faroe Islands 5 (5-9)
4. Lithuania 1 (2-13)

Next matchday (25/9)

Faroe Islands – Turkey
Luxembourg – Lithuania

3rd group

For the first time, Kazakhstan will be in the second division of the Nations League, after its mathematical promotion from League C one matchday before the end. Even with difficulty, the home team overcame the resistance of Belarus 2-1, thanks to the goals of Gabishev (29′) and Zainudinov (79′) and reached 13 points, locking the first place in the group.

At the same time, Belarus had the opposite fate, after it was confirmed that they will compete in League D. Both because of their defeat and the result in the other match, where Azerbaijan went through with a double in the 90+5′ away from Slovakia. The Azerbaijanis took the lead through Dadasov in the 44th minute, the hosts looked like they would get the equalizer thanks to Girka’s well-placed penalty in the 90th + 2nd minute, but in the 90th + 5th minute, Hagverdi redeemed the visitors and sealed their stay in the League C.


Kazakhstan – Belarus 2-1
Slovakia – Azerbaijan 1-2


1. Kazakhstan 13 (8-3)
2. Azerbaijan 7 (4-4)
3. Slovakia 6 (4-5)
4. Belarus 2 (2-6)

Next matchday (25/9):

Slovakia – Belarus
Azerbaijan – Kazakhstan

League D

1st group

Latvia ran into trouble, losing 2-1 to Moldova with one turn to go, jeopardizing top spot in the group. The guests entered the match strongly and scored two goals with Reventso (26′) and Nikolaescu (45′), with the Latvians only reducing in the 55′ with the scorer Ikaunieks. A result that keeps alive Moldova’s hopes of topping the group, which narrowed the gap to two points.

In the other match of the evening, Andorra prevailed 2-0 against Liechtenstein thanks to goals from Rochas (4′) and Cervos (8′), reaching 7 points.


Liechtenstein – Andorra 0-2
Latvia – Moldova 1-2


1. Latvia 12 (11-4)
2. Moldova 10 (8-6)
3. Andorra 7 (5-6)
4. Liechtenstein 0 (1-9)

Next matchday (25/9)

Andorra – Latvia
Moldova – Liechtenstein

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