France again beats opponents of the World Cup final Croatia

Berlin (AP) – World champion football France has denied Croatia a small revenge for its defeat in the World Cup final two years ago.

The French won 4-2 (2-1) in Saint-Denis near Paris – as turned out to be the 2018 final in Moscow. The selection of trainer Didier Deschamps thus achieved the second success after the 1-0 in Sweden.

Dejan Lovren first put the vice-world champion ahead in the 17th minute, but Antoine Griezmann (43rd) and Croatian goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic (45th + 1), whose back hit the ball unluckily, made the turnaround before halftime. . Josip Brekalo (55th) equalized again, but Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano (65th) headed and Olivier Giroud (77th) with a penalty kick gave the French the victory in the lively game.

Defending champions Portugal also achieved their second success after beating Croatia 4-1 thanks to recovered Cristiano Ronaldo with a 2-0 (1-0) victory in Sweden. Ronaldo was missing there due to a toe injury. This time, he was the first European to score his 100th international goal with a free kick in stoppage time in the first half and lifted in the 72nd minute with a hit of 101. Only the former Bundesliga pro in Iran, Ali Daei, stands ahead of him with 109 goals. The Swedes immediately lost to Gustav Svensson before falling behind with a yellow-red.

Belgium came with a 5: 1 (2: 1) over Iceland to the second victory in the second game. Dortmund’s Axel Witsel (13th) evened Iceland’s early lead, ex-BVB professional Michy Batshuayi (17th, 69th) first took the lead and then made the decision. Dries Mertens (50th) and J√©remy Doku (80th) were also successful. In the same group, England had to settle for a 0-0 win in Denmark after a 1-0 win in Iceland.

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