Didier Deschamps hailed France for responding with a 2-0 victory despite having “little time to prepare” to face Austria in the Nations League.
Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante and Hugo Lloris were among the notable absentees for injury-hit France, while recent Barcelona recruit Jules Kounde limped off in Thursday’s Nations League clash.
But Kylian Mbappe powered home in the second half to set Deschamps’ side on their way to a win before Olivier Giroud – aged 35 years and 357 days – became France’s oldest scorer.
The second-half double act from Mbappe and Giroud helped France to stave off Nations League relegation, picking up their first win to move a point clear of Austria with a game to play.
After Deschamps had to contend with a plethora of injury issues, the France head coach reflected on a job well done.
“I’m very satisfied with the way we played,” he told M6. “The win is important, and we did everything we had to do, created a lot of chances and controlled the game with players who aren’t used to playing with each other.
“We’ve had very little time to prepare, everyone has made an effort. There’s a lot of positives.”