Six days after the incidents at the Stade de France during the Champions League final, Saint-Denis regained his good-natured spirit on Friday evening for the first day of the 2022-2023 Nations League between France and Denmark. If France lost 2-1, the 80,000 spectators gave way to appeasement.
It’s a cold shower for the Blues. For the first day of the 2022-2023 Nations League, the French football team lost 2-1 to Denmark at the Stade de France on Friday evening, despite a goal from Karim Benzema. Les Bleus lost Kylian Mbappé and Raphaël Varane to injury. However, the atmosphere at the Stade de France was much friendlier than last week.
80,000 spectators celebrating
Six days after the chaos of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid, football returned to its place on Friday evening in Saint-Denis. 80,000 spectators celebrating, many families present on this Pentecost weekend and 1,500 fervent and irreproachable Danes in their stands, just like their players on the lawn.
The French paid dearly for their moment of absence against the Scandinavians. Two magnificent goals from substitute Cornelius were enough to extinguish the jubilation born of the display of magician Karim Benzema, a dizzying slalom into the box.
Deprived of their guide Didier Deschamps, bereaved, Guy Stéphan, his deputy, tried unsuccessfully to galvanize the Blues. “When we lose a match, we can always do better. Not everything is perfect, far from it. We didn’t have all our weapons over the 90 minutes either. We’re not invincible, we don’t have never said that we could win all the matches. We missed a step”, he admits.
For the very blunt French, it is the first defeat in an official match for two and a half years. There are still three games left before the end of this interminable season and it may be without Kylian Mbappé, injured in the knee and Raphaël Varane, injured in the thigh. They will take exams on Saturday morning. The health of the players, six months before the World Cup, is a subject that could quickly come back to the fore.