World champion France are looking for a pivotal victory against their host Ukraine in Kiev today, Saturday, in the fifth round of the European qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
France has paid the price of many injuries in its ranks, with the absence of Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Bavar, N’Golo Kante and Corentin Tolisso, as well as the announcement of Mbappe’s absence, due to a calf injury and his return to his Paris Saint-German team.
But the “blue” also suffer technically, with the goal of the advantage in the last three games, the failure of the defense in the form of the expulsion of Jules Conde and the ineffectiveness of their attack, despite the participation of the trio Griezmann – Mbappe – Karim Benzema for seven games in a row.
Top players from France such as Benzema, Paul Pogba and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris enter in game with bad memories in the Olympic stadium, which can accommodate seventy thousand spectators, when the galli lost 0/2 on 15 November 2013 in the qualifying play-offs for the 2014 World Cup.
The ten group winners qualify directly for the finals and will be joined by three teams after a 12-team playoff. Group G After a difficult draw in Norway (1-1), Holland welcomes Montenegro in a difficult seventh round. Turkey leads with eight points, against 7 in the Netherlands, Montenegro and Norway.
At the Philips Stadion, the first official confrontation between the Netherlands and Montenegro will be, as Dutch coach Louis van Gaal, who returns for the third time with Orange, tries to compensate for his draw with Norway and restore spirit to the fans of his country. after leaving the door close in European Cup against the Czech Republic at final price.
Holland participated in the last continental championship, after two consecutive defeats, not being able to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and before that for the 2016 European Championships. Also in Saturday’s matches Denmark will beat the Faroe Islands and Croatia will beat Slovakia, while Portugal will face Qatar, host of the World Cup, in a match that does not fit into the calculations.
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