Thursday will be a very special day in Hugo Lloris' career. The France captain will earn his 100th cap against Peru in Yekaterinburg in Les Bleus' second game of the 2018 World Cup. It is a wonderful achievement for the Tottenham goalkeeper and a milestone only achieved seven times in French football history.
Lloris will be in great company as a centurion alongside his current national team head coach Didier Deschamps (103), Patrick Vieira (107), Zinedine Zidane (108), Marcel Desailly (116),...
MOSCOW -- France did win vs. Australia, but Didier Deschamps lost.
Les Bleus got the three points they wanted with a 2-1 victory Saturday despite their manager getting pretty much everything wrong. Deschamps' ability to guide his very talented squad all the way through this World Cup had been questioned a lot before the start of the competition, and this is without a doubt the worst start he could have hoped for on a personal level.
Before facing the Socceroos, the pressure was on Deschamps...
KAZAN, Russia -- France's opening World Cup game, which was against Australia on Saturday, began at 1 p.m. local time. It was a bit of an early start for the players, who are used to playing their biggest matches in the afternoon or evening, and when Hugo Lloris, the France captain and goalkeeper, was asked about the impact of kicking off before most French people would have finished lunch, he smiled.
"It means only one meal," he said. "We would have only an enhanced breakfast in the morning."
France made a winning start to their World Cup Group C campaign with a 2-1 victory over Australia in Kazan, but needed video assisted refereeing (VAR) and goal-line technology to secure all three points.
Antoine Griezmann scored from the penalty spot after Les Bleus were awarded a spot-kick through VAR, but Mile Jedinak levelled with a penalty for the Aussies after a Samuel Umtiti handball before Paul Pogba applied the finishing touches to a neat team move to confirm the triumph.