France 0-1 Croatia: Les Bleus cannot win Nations League after Luka Modric goal

Luka Modric scores
Luka Modric has scored 22 goals for Croatia in 152 caps

France’s hopes of retaining the Nations League title are over after a home defeat by Croatia which means they cannot reach next year’s finals.

Luka Modric’s fifth-minute penalty after Ibrahima Konate fouled Ante Budimir was the game’s only goal.

In Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe and Christopher Nkunku, France had three of the top four scorers in Europe’s major leagues – but failed to find the net.

Didier Deschamps’ side are bottom of Group A1 on two points from four games.

“It was a difficult month of June in terms of results. We did not have the energy and the strength against teams who had more than us,” said Deschamps.

“We lost a bit of self-confidence along the way but it’s mostly freshness that we lacked. When you play so many games it is very very hard.”

Denmark top the group on nine points – two points above Croatia – after a 2-0 win over Austria.

Jonas Wind scored from Joakim Maehle’s cut-back and then set up Andreas Skov Olsen to slot home their second.

The final two rounds of games will be played in September with France hoping to avoid relegation to League B.

Line-ups

France

Training 4-3-3

  • 16Maignan
  • 5KoundeSubstituted forPavarddid 45′minutesBooked at 62mins
  • 4Konate
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 18Worthy
  • 6GuendouziBooked at 18minsSubstituted forGriezmanndid 80′minutes
  • 13KamaraSubstituted forChouamenidid 45′minutes
  • 14RabiotBooked at 67mins
  • 12nkunkuSubstituted forcomandid 73′minutes
  • 19Benzema
  • 10Mbappe

Substitutes

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Pavard
  • 7Griezmann
  • 8Chouameni
  • 9Ben Yedder
  • 11coman
  • 15clause
  • 17Saliba
  • 20diaby
  • 22Hernandez
  • 23Areola

Croatia

Training 4-3-3

  • 23Ivusic
  • 3Stanisic
  • 20Erlic
  • 6sutalo
  • 22Juranovic
  • 10modric
  • 11BrozovicBooked at 50mins
  • 8KovacicSubstituted forSucicdid 90+2′minutes
  • 15PasalicSubstituted forMajordid 65′minutes
  • 17BudimirSubstituted forKramaricdid 73′minutes
  • 7BrekaloSubstituted forvlasicdid 73′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Livakovic
  • 2Pongracic
  • 4Major
  • 5Caleta-Car
  • 9Kramaric
  • 12labrovic
  • 13vlasic
  • 14Sucic
  • 16Jakic
  • 18Orsic
  • 19Ivanusec
  • 21Vida

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