French les­son for Ar­gentina

The Northlines - - SPORTS - Bhubaneswar, Dec 07

FRANCE an­nounced their sur­pris­ing en­try onto the knock­out stage of the World Cup with their big­gest win. France shed the dis­ap­point­ments of their last two matches, which they de­served to win. They shook off the pres­sure of the big stage and the tag of un­der­dogs. Once all the shack­les were bro­ken, world No. 20 France tip-toed their way to the most stun­ning vic­tory of the World Cup in Bhubaneswar.

An elec­tric and brave French team shocked world No. 2 and reign­ing Olympics cham­pi­ons Ar­gentina 5-3 to fin­ish se­cond in a pool also in­clud­ing Spain and New Zealand. The Ar­gentina that showed up to­day did not rep­re­sent their big tags. They were com­pla­cent, just like they had been in the opener against Spain. This time they were 0-3 down within 26 min­utes and then trailed 1-4 at half­time.

Goals from Hugo Gen­estet (18th minute), cap­tain Vic­tor Charlet (23rd) and Aris­tide Coisne (26th) woke up Ar­gentina, who got one back in the 28th minute through Lu­cas Mar­tinez. Con­firmed the top spot in the pool no mat­ter what the re­sult, Ar­gentina didn’t look too both­ered. Mar­tinez’s strike gave them the re­as­sur­ance that the goals would come. But be­fore they could build on the goal, Gas­pard Baum­garten made it 4-1 in the last minute of the se­cond quar­ter. With their rep­u­ta­tion on the line, Ar­gentina stepped up. So did their go-to man, Gon­zalo Peil­lat, who had not been too ef­fec­tive so far in the match.

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