France supervisor Didier Deschamps’ choice to take off Olivier Giroud within the first half of the World Cup remaining has come underneath scrutiny.
The defending champions had been rapidly placed on the again foot by Argentina, who took a 2-0 lead after taking part in a flawless first half.
Lionel Messi opened the scoring after Angel Di Maria was introduced down by France’s Ousmane Dembele within the field.
Messi transformed from the penalty spot to provide Argentina the lead and overtake Kylian Mbappe because the main objective scorer within the match.
Argentina rammed residence the benefit when Di Maria completed off a elegant counterattacking objective as his teammates weaved their means down the best edge.
But it surely was a distinct story for France, who struggled in assault — changing into the primary aspect ever to not try a shot within the first half of a World Cup.
Striker Kylian Mbappe solely had 11 touches within the first 45 minutes.
Acutely aware of not letting the sport slip away, Deschamps made the daring name to substitute the mercurial Giroud on the 40-minute mark.
Giroud was lower than impressed by the choice, trudging off the sector and slamming a water bottle down in anger.
The striker and Dembele was substituted for Kolo Muani and Marcus Thuram in a pair of uncommon first half adjustments.
Giroud is France’s all-time main objective scorer and has slotted 4 targets on the World Cup, together with an important header towards England within the quarterfinal.
The 36-year-old has been in profession greatest kind in Qatar, so the choice to take him off with greater than half the World Cup remaining remaining raised eyebrows.
Sky Sports activities Information’ Rob Dorsett on the Lusail Stadium mentioned: “The group remains to be murmuring from the standard of that Di Maria objective.
“Even the Argentina followers are quietened by it – they’re a bit surprised at this lead, you are feeling.
“A double change for France too, very very early. Deschamps has seen sufficient.
“It’s superb that Dembele and Giroud are changed earlier than half time, when France are determined for targets!
“Giroud is livid. He’s thrown his prime down in anger, and a water bottle.”