At the end of the friendly match between France and African champions, Ivory Coast, on Tuesday at Lens’s Stade Bollaert, the crowd booed in disappointment with France’s performance in the game that ended goalless.
Ivory Coast had the best chance in the 11th minute when Adama Traore’s 20-metre half-volley crashed against Costil’s post and Salomon Kalou, who followed up the shot, poked the ball into the net but his effort was disallowed for offside.
France’s best opportunity in the first half came six minutes before the break when N’Golo Kante’s fierce 20-metre strike was blocked by goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo.
France coach Didier Deschamps, who led his side to a 2-1 win over Sweden last Friday in a World Cup qualifier, who also made some changes in the team’s lineup in Tuesday’s friendly against the Ivorians, affirmed that they made many errors in the game.
“We struggled, that’s not what I want to remember from 2016,” said Deschamps.
“We could have won that game but we could have lost it. We made too many errors, especially in the second half,” the France coach stated.
By Ben Fidelis….
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