World champions France have been held to a disappointing 1-1 house draw by Bosnia and Herzegovina after enjoying virtually half the sport with 10 males in a World Cup Group D qualifier on Wednesday.
9 weeks after their shock loss to Switzerland within the final 16 of Euro 2020, the French workforce had Antoine Griezmann to thank for a fast equaliser after Edin Dzeko had put the guests forward within the first half.
Didier Deschamps’s facet had Jules Kounde despatched off for a tough deal with early within the second half and though they dominated possession, they needed to be content material with sharing the factors at Strasbourg’s La Meinau stadium.
France remained unbeaten in 4 video games and lead the group with eight factors, 4 forward of Ukraine who have been held to a 2-2 attract Kazakhstan earlier on Wednesday.
The French subsequent face Ukraine away on Saturday earlier than internet hosting Finland subsequent Tuesday whereas Bosnia, who’re fourth on two factors from three matches, tackle Kazakhstan on Tuesday.
France began with an intense urgent recreation, however Bosnia threatened by way of Miralem Pjanic and Dzeko, who opened the scoring from simply contained in the field with a low shot that went between the legs of Presnel Kimpembe on 36 minutes.
Dzeko’s sixtieth purpose in his one hundred and fifteenth worldwide was cancelled out three minutes later when Griezmann’s tried header from Kylian Mbappe’s nook took a deflection off Dennis Hadzikadunic’s thigh and went into the online.
A VAR evaluation confirmed the ball had gone previous the road and Les Bleus have been lucky to succeed in the interval stage at 1-1.
It turned even tougher for France when Kounde was proven a straight purple card after a VAR evaluation for a brutal deal with on Sead Kolasinac 5 minutes into the second half.
Midfielder Jordan Veretout made manner for full again Leo Dubois and though France continued to get pleasure from nearly all of possession, they proved too clumsy within the space with Mbappe and Karim Benzema struggling to gel as a partnership.
Deschamps added recent legs 14 minutes from time by changing Griezmann and Benzema with Kingsley Coman and Anthony Martial, however they didn’t conjure up a French winner.