Preview - France vs Colombia 24 March 2018

Started by Harry85, Mar 23, 2018, 01:16 AM

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Mar 23, 2018, 01:16 AM Last Edit: Mar 24, 2018, 08:27 AM by Harry85
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France vs Colombia
Saturday, March 24th, 2018
04:00am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade de France

France:
Last five matches form: D W W W D
Average goals per match: 1.8
Average goals against per match: 0.6
Top scorer: Olivier Giroud (29)

Colombia:
Last five matches form: D L D L W
Average goals per match: 1.2
Average goals against per match: 1.1
Top scorer: Radamel Falcao (28)

There will be few teams heading into this summer's finals with a better team on paper than France. From Lloris in goal up to a front three of Kylian Mbappé, Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann, with Ngolo Kanté doing the job of two players in the centre of the park, and a solid defence marshalled by Raphael Varane, this is a side jam packed with quality. They came close to putting it all together on the big stage when making the final of 2016, and will be keen to go one better in Russia.

Columbia have themselves enjoyed a solid couple of years on the international stage, doing well to qualify for the World Cup from a tough South American section. The form of Los Cafeteros has however taken a little dip of late, with their only win in the past six games coming against a poor China side. A repeat of their previous performance, when beaten by the Korea Republic will likely see José Pékerman's side brushed aside.

France's main injury concern comes in defence, with Laurent Koscielny looking set to miss out. Columbia are without speedy winger Juan Cuadrado and Edwin Cardona.

France are much the better of these sides for our money and look like being a threat to all in the summer. We fancy Didier Deschamps men to have too much for Columbia here.

Prediction: France 3 - 1 Columbia

Harry85

Half time: 2 - 1
Full time: 2 -3
Shots: 8 - 9
Shots on target: 4 - 4
Corner Kicks: 2 - 2
Possession: 56% - 44%


Olivier Giroud got the scoring underway here in the tenth minute. Lucas Digne overlapped at real pace on the left-hand side before playing a dangerous low cross into the box. David Ospina's hashed attempt at a block only succeeded in directing the ball into the path of the Chelsea man who had the simple task of smashing home from a couple of yards.

France made it two in the 25th minute with a sensational team goal. Djibril Sidibe speeding out of defence with the ball before finding Antoine Griezmann on the edge of box, Griezmann's backheel found Mbappè, who delayed before playing in Thomas Lemar to smash home. Wonderful stuff. But that's as good as it got for France…

Colombia got one back just two minutes later. A corner looked to have been wasted when ballooning over the box, but when Luis Muriel whipped it back in low from the far side, the ball deceived everyone, including Hugo Lloris to end up in the far bottom corner. 2-1 at half-time.

Almost from the off in the second half, France looked like an accident waiting to happen in defence, continuously losing the ball and playing themselves into trouble. In the 61st minute it finally cost them. Once again losing the ball inside their own half, the ball ended up with James Rodriguez bursting down the right side. Rodriguez cut the ball back to Falcao who finished first time into the bottom corner.2-2.

The way this was going there was only ever going to be one winner, and in the 84th minute Colombia were handed their chance. Samuel Umtiti bringing down Jose Izquierdo in the box to give away a penalty. Up stepped Juan Quintero to fire in the winner.

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