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France 1-1 Ukraine: Disappointment for Didier Deschamps’ World Cup champions as Kimpembe’s own goal cancels out Antoine Griezmann’s strike

France kicked off their World Cup qualifying campaign in unconvincing fashion as they have to settle for a draw while Ukraine hold on.

The hosts were far from their best and didn’t really threaten until Griezmann curled in a magnificent opener after 20 minutes, but they couldn’t build on their lead and were made to pay as Sydorchuk’s shot snuck in after a huge deflection off Kimpembe.

Pogba, Dembele and Martial came on as Deschamps looked to switch things up but even with a slight change of shape, France finished the game with only three shots on target. Improvements needed.

France dominated possession and they went ahead on 19 minutes as Griezmann whipped a delightful shot into the far top corner from the edge of the box.

It put Griezmann up to joint fourth with David Trezeguet in the list of France’s all-time top scorers with 34 goals. Thierry Henry is top with 51.

Giroud went close to doubling the advantage, but his header from Benjamin Pavard’s cross went just over the crossbar in the 32nd minute.

Ukraine, however, hit back when Sergiy Sydorchuk’s harmless attempt was deflected into his own net by Kimpembe 12 minutes into the second half.

Kimpembe had an opportunity to make up for his own goal in the last minute but headed the ball straight into Bushchan’s arms.

Next up in the World Cup qualifiers, France have got two away fixtures. They play Kazakhstan on Sunday, then Bosnia and Herzegovina next Wednesday.

Ukraine are at home for their two games against Finland and Kazakhstan.

John NM
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