Dembele scores, Mbappe misses penalty as France beat Kazakhstan

Ousmane Dembele scored the opening objective as holders France beat Kazakhstan 2-0 away on Sunday to declare the very first success in their project to receive the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Sergei Maliy executed his own web for France’s 2nd objective prior to half-time however Kylian Mbappe had a second-half charge conserved after coming off the bench.

It was a welcome outcome for the ruling world champs after they started their project in certifying Group D by drawing 1-1 in the house to Ukraine last Wednesday.

“We said beforehand that it was all about getting the job done and it’s a positive result against a team who never gave up,” Paul Pogba, who went back to the beginning line-up, informed broadcaster TF1.

“People might have thought Kazakhstan would let us score five goals but no, they played well. We had chances to score more goals but their goalkeeper played well. We got the result and we can be happy.”

Didier Deschamps’ side now visit in Sarajevo for another match versus Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday to finish a stressful start to certifying prior to reverting their focus to the postponed Euro 2020 in June.

In an effort to keep his team fresh, Deschamps made 9 modifications to his line-up following the Ukraine draw for the match in Nur-Sultan, more than 5,000 kilometres east of Paris in Central Asia.

Antoine Griezmann, who scored France’s objective versus Ukraine, was the only outfield gamer to keep his location in the side, while Hugo Lloris once again began in objective as he won his 122nd cap.

Griezmann’s Barcelona colleague Dembele was among those brought into the group as he began for France in a competitive video game for the very first time considering that the victorious 2018 World Cup project in Russia.

It was Dembele who got the development in the 20th minute, managing on the edge of package and scoring with a low drive into the corner of the web after great work by Anthony Martial to set him up.

“He’s always had the technical ability and he scored a great goal,” Deschamps stated of Dembele.

“There are always things he can do better. He can still be more decisive, but when he plays like he did today he is good to watch.”

France scored their 2nd objective a minute prior to half-time when protector Maliy headed a Griezmann corner into his own web as he attempted to hold back Pogba.

That successfully ended any doubt about the result of the contest with Kazakhstan, ranked 122nd worldwide and who stopped working to win a single video game in 2018 World Cup certifying, having a hard time to develop any opportunities at the other end.

Manchester United forward Martial took a knock and was ultimately changed prior to the hour mark by Mbappe, who had numerous opportunities to contribute to France’s lead.

The very best chance for the Paris Saint-Germain star originated from the area in the 75th minute after he had actually been lowered by Nuraly Alip.

Nevertheless, Mbappe’s kick was reversed the post by house goalkeeper Aleksandr Mokin.


Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.