UEFA Nations League match report Austria v France 10 June 2022


France dropped points for the third straight UEFA Nations League clash following a 1-1 draw away to Austria on Friday evening.

Didier Deschamps made a total of seven changes from the 1-1 draw against Croatia, as Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann were restored to the attack as the reigning champions looked for their first win.

After a decent start by the home side, France carved out the game's first real opening after 19 minutes when Patrick Pentz kept out a free-kick from Griezmann before denying Benzema on the rebound.

The world champions were made to rue those missed openings as Ralf Rangnick's charges took the lead in the 37th minute as Andreas Weimann turned home Konrad Laimer's cross.

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Austria nearly doubled their lead four minutes before the halftime break, as Marko Arnautovic skipped past one challenge before firing straight at Hugo Lloris from close range.

France should have been level just before the hour mark when Kingsly Coman managed to work some space in the box, but he horribly fired of the crossbar with only Pentz to beat.

Deschamps responded with a double change for the final 25 minutes, with Kylian Mbappe and Matteo Guendouzi replacing Griezmann and Aurélien Tchouameni.

Mbappe made the desired impact when he pulled France level in the 83rd minute after combining with fellow substitute Christopher Nkunku to set up a lively finish.

The Paris Saint-Germain star almost completed the turnaround for the two-time World Cup winners soon after with a strike from 12 yards, but Pentz produced a finger-tip save to ensure both sides walk away with a point each.