France’s strange slump continues with Austria draw

Les Bleus slipped up again in Vienna as their tough month continued.

France were held to a 1-1 draw against Austria on Friday to go three matches in a row without a win.

Andreas Weimann fired in the decisive goal just 37 minutes into the UEFA Nations League tie at the Ernst Happel Stadion before Kylian Mbappe netted an equaliser late on.

The latest underwhelming result leaves France bottom of the group with just two points from three matches in the current campaign as their World Cup preparations get off to a sloppy start.

What happened in the match?

Shortly after Weimann scored for Austria, Mbappe was shown on TV slumped in the dugout, stone-faced.

Others carried more animated expressions as the match unfolded. Kingsley Coman, for example, was visibly distraught after firing a point-blank shot well over the bar in the second half.

Mbappe came on as a substitute to level the score in the 83rd minute, sparing France full blushes, but the result nonetheless was a source of frustration for the talented squad.

What does the draw against Austria mean for France?

France had lost to Denmark and drawn against Croatia in their first two matches of the Nations League heading into Friday’s clash in Vienna.

They will hope to get a first win when they host Croatia next week before they complete their Nations League campaign in September with games against Austria and Denmark.

Meanwhile, at the World Cup in Qatar later this year, Didier Deschamps’ team will face the Denmark team that bested them last week, as well as Tunisia and either Peru or New Zealand.


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