France suffered its first loss at the hands of Finland since June 2019, but Antoine Griezmann felt it might have been a different story.
Antoine Griezmann said France must learn from their 2-0 shock loss against Finland ahead of Saturday’s showdown with Portugal.
The 12-match unbeaten run of the world champions came to a halt in a friendly at Stade de France on Wednesday following goals in three first-half minutes by 21-year-old debutants Marcus Forss and Onni Valakari.
Finland’s win was their first in nine attempts against Les Bleus, but it could have been another story in Paris, where Didier Deschamps’ side struggled to capitalize on a promising start.
Until Finland took the lead, Marcus Thuram, making his full international bow, headed against the crossbar and volleyed off the goal when unmarked from close range.
Deschamps made eight changes to the side that began last month in a win over Croatia, with Griezmann coming off the bench three days before a crunch meeting with Portugal in the Nations League.
Since firing a blank against Luxembourg in September 2017, France’s 24 attempts at goal were their most without scoring and Griezmann warned they must be more ruthless.
He said to M6, “We had two or three openings with Marcus. It’s another game if he brings them in. We have to look at what we’ve done wrong and look on Saturday.”
In a vibrant debut, Thuram was in the thick of the action and hopes to get another opportunity soon to prove he belongs on the international stage.
“It was a strong first half, it’s real. This team from Finland has come together very well. Along with the other internationals, I strive to practice a lot to gain as much experience as possible as soon as possible,” said the Borussia Monchengladbach forward.