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Star-Studded France Side Draw With Luxembourg In World Cup Qualifier

A rather incredible result has occurred at the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse, France tonight.

Take a team full of superstars such as Paul Pogba, Antoine Greizmann, Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar and N’Golo Kante, among other European football stalwarts. A team that crushed the Netherlands just three days ago.

Put them against a team made up from a country with just over half a million people, who lost to the Cape Verde Islands back in March.

The result? A goalless draw.

The odds on a France win ranged from 1/25 right up to 1/100, which illustrates the extraordinary nature of the match. What also puts the result into perspective is the shot total of the French team – no less than 34 shots on goal, with only nine on target.

This was no friendly either. As a World Cup Qualifier, France now lead Sweden by only a point atop Group A with just two games to go.

The teamsheets showcase the herculean task that lowly Luxembourg had in front of them.

France: Hugo Lloris, Samuel Umtiti, Laurent Koscielny, Layvin Kurzawa, Djibril Sidibe, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kanté, Thomas Lemar, Kylian Mbappé , Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud
Subs: Kingsley Coman, Nabil Fekir, Alexandre Lacazette, Christophe Jallet, Blaise Matuidi, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Aréola, Florian Thauvin, Lucas Digne, Adrien Rabiot, Corentin Tolisso, Presnel Kimpembe.

Luxembourg: Jonathan Joubert, Kevin Malget, Chris Philipps, Mathias Janisch, Laurent Jans, Christopher Martins Pereira, Aldin Skenderovic, Daniel Da Mota Alves (Daniel Sinani), Olivier Thill, David Turpel (Dwayn Holter), Vincent Thill (Gerson Rodrigues)

The likes of Greizmann and Pogba hit the woodwork and worked hard to break the deadlock, but to no avail.

The minnows even had a chance of their own.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.