Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane started for France in their World Cup qualifying draw against Bosnia. Anthony Martial also came off the bench.
France had to battle back from a goal down after Bosnia took a lead through Edin Dzeko.
Antoine Griezmann scored an equaliser for the home side before Jules Kounde received a red card in the 51st minute.
France had to make do with a 1-1 draw, not the way they wanted to resume after a depressing and bitter end to their Euro 2020 campaign back in June.
Pogba began as part of a midfield three and this reverted to a two once tactical adjustments were made following Kounde’s sending off.
The Manchester United midfielder played all 90 minutes, blocking two shots as he helped his side earn a point.
Pogba’s performance was praised by the French press as one of the best players on the night.
Le Figaro reported: “After a good Euro and a start to the season full of promise at Manchester United, Paul Pogba does not weaken.
“Very available, he often preferred to use his long game to surprise and unbalance the Bosnian defense. With success. His openings worked wonders and allowed the Blues to vary their game.”
Footmercato gave Pogba the highest player rating among the French players. While this was just a 6/10, it compared well to others, with Thomas Lemar graded just a 3/10.
The outlet wrote: “The Manchester United midfielder clearly instills the dynamics of his team. His inspirations and his technical ease sets the tempo of French playing. His luminous openings are capable of breaking lines.”
How did Varane and Martial fare?
Varane was the French defender who held their game together on the night.
The United centre-back completed more passes (78) than any player on the pitch, winning three duels and making five clearances.
Anthony Martial came off the bench for the final 15 minutes to replace Karim Benzema.
He did not have much of a chance to make an impression for his 10 man side, unable to muster a shot and make an impact on the game.
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