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Ireland-France: the favorites and scratches of our special correspondent


DECRYPTION – Find out what pleased and displeased our special correspondent during the French victory in Ireland on Monday evening (0-1).

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Maignan, Magic Mike

In two matches, he has already made everyone agree and reassured about his ability to have the shoulders to replace Hugo Lloris.

Mike Maignan (27, 7 caps) was decisive and monstrous Monday night in Ireland (0-1).

There are saves that are worth more than goals

 “, assures Didier Deschamps with delight, aware of being lucky to be able to count on such an element after the retirement of Hugo Lloris.

Countries take years to hatch the talent of a goalkeeper when "DD" takes advantage of two elements with planetary talent... Already brilliant on the penalty saved against the Netherlands on Friday, "Magic Mike" released a parade of great evenings in the 90th minute of play, at the height of the Irish revolt, to save the goal in advance, synonymous with victory.

Impossible to dream of a better position.

Two matches, zero goals conceded and a certain impact on the destiny of the Blues.

An idyllic start to his reign.

Read alsoThe notes of the Blues after Ireland-France: Impassable Maignan, decisive Pavard, Giroud in the hard

Pavard, the magnificent ghost

Seven matches in the closet since his failed match at the opening of the World Cup and Benjamin Pavard is (again) out of his box at the best of times.

The only scorer in a bitter and disputed meeting, the Munich player scored a sumptuous goal – a trademark for him – his 3rd in 48 selections, synonymous with victory for the Blues.

Whether on the rage revealed after his sumptuous strike or his remarks at the end of the match, recognizing delicate moments, the native of Maubeuge once again showed resilience.

And with unfailing mental strength.

He proved to his coach what he could bring to this France team and that he had to be reckoned with more than ever.

To the delight of Didier Deschamps, happy to know the former Lille back to the center of the game.

Read also "The World Cup did not go as I would have liked": revenge scorer, Pavard pleased Deschamps

Aviva Stadium, a fabulous volcano

To give you chills.

The atmosphere in Dublin on Monday evening in an Aviva Stadium for great evenings reconciles you with dull atmospheres and tasteless matches.

Whether at the time of the hymns, during the highlights of their selection or after the stops of Mike Maignan, the 51,000 Irish have perfectly played their role of 12th man.

For a fabulous evening in terms of atmosphere and a total show in the stands.

With this fervor, Ireland will hang more than one nation in this group.

It will not be France.

Damn brave Blues

Winning “ugly” in a more unfavorable context will necessarily count for the future.

We were waiting to find out more about the mental resources of the Blues after the demonstration against the Netherlands (4-0) and we had an early response on Monday evening.

Yes, Ireland is not a thunderbolt, yes, there is a lot to be said about the far too sluggish production of Deschamps' men, the fact remains that no international nation plants four goals in each outing.

Except on the game console. In a trap match, with a fiery audience, the French team was saved by a flash from Pavard and a huge save from Maignan, but also by a real strength of character and a certain courage. .

Bend but not break, these Blues have done it.

Nothing heroic in the face of adversity, but it is to be welcomed.


Giroud, Mbappé, Kolo Muani, an attack at half mast

We had left the vice-world champions all fired up on Friday evening (4-0) against the Dutch weighed down by an indigestible chicken curry, hoping for a new festival on Irish soil.


Not everything is to be thrown away, as explained above, but the French attacking trio made up of Mbappé on the left, Giroud in the middle and Kolo Muani on the right was not radiant at Aviva Stadium.

Worse, he missed his meeting.

Few exchanges, little change of pace and nothing to eat apart from a missed opportunity for the Frankfurt striker (8th) at the start of the match.

A game without.

Read alsoIreland-France: Maignan and Pavard prevent the Blues from falling into the trap

Hernandez, an evening in hell

Usually he loves atmospheres like this, overheated and electric, but Theo Hernandez will not keep a good memory of his evening in Dublin.

Throughout the match, the Milanese was in pain, multiplying the bad choices, revealing his limits on the defensive level with poorly controlled interventions.

Offensively, his first quality, he was not seen to his advantage also, especially in his exchanges with Adrien Rabiot or Kylian Mbappé.

Disappointing from start to finish.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2023-03-28

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