Les Bleus

Deschamps happy with narrow opening win

Publish on 16/06/2021 at 09:00

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Although PSG's Kylian Mbappé had a goal and an assist ruled out for off-side, France opened their Euro 2020 campaign with a 1-0 win over Germany (own-goal from Mats Hummels) and coach Didier Deschamps wasn't about to turn his nose up at the result.

It was a stiff test to kick off their journey in Euro 2020's group of death, against traditional powerhouse and eternal rivals Germany, but France got the job done and now sit second in Group F, behind Portugal on goal difference.

Kylian Mbappé was in fine form, his pace and sharp-shooting causing the German defence problems all night long. Although his low curler that crashed in off the far post was ruled out for off-side (66') and Karim Benzema's tap-in from the Paris Saint-Germain superstar's cross suffered a similar fate, Mbappé did play a role in the game's only goal.

After the excellent Paul Pogba had played Lucas Hernandez in behind the defence, Mbappé was on hand to pressure Germany stopper Mats Hummels into turning the France's left-back's square ball into his own net (20').

Deschamps: 'Rose to the challenge'

Former PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot hit the woodwork with what was otherwise France's best chance of the match (52'), and Deschamps was pleased with the balance of play - and of course the result - even though he would hope for a sharper cutting edge going forward as Les Bleus look to take control of Group F.

"We were up against a strong German side, who made it tough for us, too. We managed to be effective defensively, but we could have been more effective going forward. The players rose to the challenge; it was a battle of the titans, and we were up for it," said the France boss, whose side take on Hungary in Budapest on Saturday. "We are capable of doing better things in possession, but in terms of spirit, we were right on the money."