Hugo Lloris is hailed as ‘impeccable’ in L’Equipe’s ratings after some crucial stops to help France into the World Cup final while Antoine Griezmann only gets a seven despite his starring role… and ‘inadequate’ Olivier Giroud gets a FOUR
France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was hailed as “impeccable” by L’Equipe after his impressive performance in Les Bleus’ 2-0 win over Morocco in the World Cup semi-final after he helped ensure the North African side could not pull off an epic shock .
Didier Deschamps’ men are in the final after pulling off the tournament’s surprise package to book a showdown with Argentina on Sunday – and it was Lloris who was given the highest praise by the French outlet’s usually strict ratings.
The Tottenham man followed up a superb display against England in the quarter-finals by keeping out an acrobatic effort from El Yamiq before later thwarting Azzedine Ounahi to keep a clean sheet.
Hugo Lloris and Antoine Griezmann were both praised by L’Equipe after their 2-0 World Cup semi-final win over Morocco
L’Equipe was delighted with his display as he scored the highest score on the team with eight.
“An impeccable overall performance,” the publication said. “He has a good eye and a bit of luck on the scissors of El Yamiq who he comes to follow on his post (44th). He had already been present with one [save] on a curling shot from Ounahi (10th).
“Two good antennas [claims] as the French defense began to suffer. Still safe in the hot Moroccan moments to [let France] breathe (67.). Very clean on all his balls.
Lloris earned his second straight eight from L’Equipe after his top saves against England’s Jude Bellingham and Harry Kane in the last round.
The Tottenham goalkeeper made a handful of top saves to prevent Morocco from pulling off a shock – with L’Equipe calling him “impeccable”
Griezmann lined up against Morocco and was hailed for his ‘courage’
Antoine Griezmann was also singled out for praise in the match for showing “courage” and “commitment – but can feel unlucky to only get a seven after a tremendous display – after playing a key role in the opening goal from Theo Hernandez.
Griezmann started the move that led to the early strike as he bombed down the right flank before playing the ball across to Kylian Mbappe – before Hernandez bundled the ball home.
‘What commitment, what courage and what importance!’ they wrote. “His slightly more advanced position basically gave him a bit more freedom of movement without the ball.
“The Frenchman was behind Hernandez’s goal (5th). Back in this hybrid role after the break, he particularly stood out by saving several dangerous balls in his own area.
But while Olivier Giroud has been superb throughout the tournament, he failed to make too much of an impact against Morocco and L’Equipe were less than impressed with his finish – giving him a four out of 10.
Olivier Giroud was given a four after missing “two golden chances” to score against Morocco
With all the talk surrounding the possibility of Karim Benzema returning from injury for the final, Giroud did not take credit for failing to get on the scoresheet – with the French outlet criticizing him for missing “two golden chances” and said his replacement Marcus Thuram was more effective.
“An inadequate game because he had two golden chances and he missed both,” they wrote. The first by hitting the post hard (17th) and the second when he appeared to have plenty of time to control (36th).
– A bit frustrating technically and not always at all. Not happy to go [off]. Replaced by Marcus Thuram (65th), who contributed a lot because he defended himself on the left side. And he brought offense by being in all the right moves (71st, 74th) and on the second goal (79th).
Another player awarded a four was Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele – with L’Equipe claiming he had to “sacrifice” his attack to make “defensive withdrawals” – saying he made “zero” offensive contributions.
Mbappe, meanwhile, scored a fifth after he “never tried to defend” or “cut Morocco’s passing lines”. They also claimed he had “little luck” to see the deflected shot roll into the path of Hernandez for the opener.