Deschamps: 'A catastrophic scenario'

Les Bleus

France coach Didier Deschamps refused to condemn 'keeper and captain Hugo Lloris for the blunder in the 2-1 loss to Sweden that cost France top spot in World Cup qualifying Group A.

Friday, June 9, 2017

World Cup 2018 qualifying, Group A - Matchday 6

Friends Arena, Solna

 Sweden 2 - 1 France 

Janne Andersson (Sweden coach): "I'm very happy with this win. We had to fight a bit harder than in the first match. We were a bit lucky at the end but I'm very satisfied with how the players did. In the second half, France had too much of the ball. Ola Toivonen's goal gave me an amazing feeling! From my position on the bench, when I saw him hit the ball, I knew it would go in. This goal changed the outcome of the match… it was as incredible as it was unexpected!"

Didier Deschamps (France coach): "If we couldn't get the win, we should have been able to hang on for the draw. But I don't want to hang Hugo [Lloris, whose mistake led to Sweden's winner] out to dry. He has often been decisive for us, even though he cost us the result tonight. We knew that, even had we got the draw, we would have to fight hard for the rest of the campaign. We will have to fight hard right to the end anyway. When a 'keeper makes a mistake, it's always much more visible than when an outfield player does. It's a shame for him and the whole team."


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