France eases off-field woes ahead of World Cup with comfortable 2-0 against Austria in Nations League

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(CNN)After a torrid fewer months successful the French nationalist squad camp, determination were plentifulness of positives to instrumentality distant from France's 2-0 triumph implicit Austria successful Nations League Group A connected Thursday.

A almighty onslaught from Kylian Mbappé and a trademark header from Olivier Giroud were capable to spot Didier Deschamps' broadside leapfrog Austria astatine the bottommost of its Nations League radical arsenic the satellite champion seeks to debar relegation successful the contention aft a dismal campaign.

In beforehand of a raucous Stade de France crowd, Les Bleus dominated from commencement to finish.

    Mbappé had a extremity disallowed for offside successful the 2nd infinitesimal and Aurélien Tchouaméni came adjacent doubly successful the archetypal half.

      The Real Madrid midfielder had a long-range onslaught alert conscionable implicit the barroom successful the 12th minute, and conscionable aft the half-hour mark, Tchouaméni came adjacent to scoring 1 of the goals of the twelvemonth erstwhile his bicycle footwear was superbly tipped onto the barroom by Austrian debutant goalkeeper Patrick Pentz.

      The location broadside continued to predominate aft the break, with Mbappé successful peculiar looking astatine his sensational champion -- and it was the Paris Saint-Germain guardant who broke the deadlock successful the 56th infinitesimal with a almighty thrust from conscionable wrong the container pursuing a French counterattack.

      France has implicit    14 players retired  with injury, conscionable  2  months from the commencement  of the World Cup.

      Just 10 minutes later, Giroud sealed the triumph with a cute glancing header disconnected an Antoine Griezmann cross. The extremity makes Giroud France's oldest ever goalscorer astatine 35 years and 357 days, arsenic good arsenic taking the Milan forward's tally conscionable 2 down Thierry Henry's all-time French grounds of 51.

        Deschamps was bullish aft the lucifer astir his team's performance.

        "We did what we had to do," helium said. "Our intentions were good, everyone defended a lot, determination are a batch of positives. The mindset was good, it was a precise bully performance."

        And the erstwhile World Cup victor volition request to instrumentality arsenic galore positives arsenic helium can.

        Just a mates months retired from the World Cup, the nationalist broadside is missing a big of players including: Hugo Lloris, Rafaël Varane, Paul Pogba, Ngolo Kanté, Lucas and Theo Hernández and Karim Benzema. Things were made worse erstwhile some Mike Maignan and Jules Koundé were forced disconnected successful the lucifer with injuries.

        The wounded situation is lone 1 of galore problems facing Deschamps arsenic helium looks to clasp the World Cup successful Qatar.

        Mbappé archetypal  raised issues astir   representation  rights successful  March.

        Only connected Tuesday, Mbappé refused to enactment successful a photoshoot with immoderate of the team's sponsors arsenic portion of an ongoing occupation implicit representation rights. The Paris Saint-Germain prima was yet placated and participated aft being promised by the French Football Federation that they would look into the issue.

        This -- coupled with the ongoing problems facing Pogba, whose member was detained for the alleged extortion of the Juventus midfielder -- has enactment unnecessary unit connected France up of a World Cup which it volition beryllium among the favorites to win.

        Things person not been rosy connected the tract either. The Nations League champion had a dreadful commencement successful its radical successful which it lone mustered 2 draws and 2 losses successful 4 matches anterior to triumph connected Thursday.

          A constituent up of Austria successful the relegation portion going into the last crippled of the group, France volition look to physique connected the momentum from past night's lucifer arsenic it heads to Denmark who is lone a constituent down radical person Croatia.

          The satellite champion has had a mediocre twelvemonth truthful far, but if it tin extremity its World Cup preparations connected the transportation positively, possibly its problems disconnected the transportation volition slice arsenic well.

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