Kazakhstan 0-2 France: Didier Deschamps' side win with Dembele goal

Kazakhstan 0-2 France: Didier Deschamps’ side win crucial Group D encounter thanks to Ousmane Dembele’s first France goal since June 2018 but Kylian Mbappe has his penalty saved

  • France could only manage a 1-1 stalemate draw against Ukraine on Wednesday 
  • Presnel Kimpembe’s OG meant Ukraine took a point without a shot on target
  • But Deschamps’ outfit have now bounced back with a comfortable win in Astana 

France bounced back from a drab draw against Ukraine with a comfortable 2-0 victory against Kazakhstan in their Group D World Cup qualifier in Astana on Sunday. 

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele finished a superb team move to mark his first for his country goal since June 2018, before Serhiy Malyi’s own goal just before half-time.

Kylian Mbappe then had his second-half penalty superbly saved by Aleksandr Mokin, but Didier Deschamps’ side saw out a crucial victory. 

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Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembelele scored his first international goal since June 2018 in a 3-1 win

France were then celebrating after Sergiy Malyi scored an own goal just before half-time

France striker Kylian Mbappe came off the bench but saw his 75th-minute penalty well saved

Manchester United striker Anthony Martial (above) came off just before the hour with an injury

But World Cup-winning France boss Didier Deschamps (pictured) saw his side secure the win

Kazakhstan (5-3-2): Mokin; Bystrov, Erlanov, Malyi, Alip, Valiullin (Samorodov 83); Muzhikov (Vorogovskiy 65), Tagybergen, Vasiliev (Astanov 89); Nurgaliev (Karimov 83), Fedin (Tungyshbayev 65).

Substitutes not used: Pokatilov (GK), Seysen (GK); Marochkin, Usenov, Dosmagambetov, Orazov, Beisebekov.

Manager: Talgat Baysufinov.

France (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Dubois, Zouma, Lenglet, Digne; Ndombele (Sissoko 82), Pogba (Rabiot 59); Dembele (Coman 90), Griezmann (Ben Yedder 59), Lemar; Martial (Mbappe 59).

Substitutes not used: Mandanda (GK), Maignan (GK); Pavard, Mendy, Varane, L. Hernandez, Giroud.

Yellow cards: Dembele 88. 

Goals: Dembele 19, Malyi (OG) 44.

Manager: Didier Deschamps.

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