Martial Deschamps praised Man Utd star after leaving France
French leader Didier Deschamps praised the form of Manchester United striker Anthony Martial after a 2-0 win away to Kazakhstan.
The world champions took the victory thanks to a strike in the first half by Ousmane Dembele and an own goal in front of the goalkeeper, who scored their first victory of the qualifying campaign after Ukraine won 1-1.
Martial was one of the players signed in the starting XI, although he was injured early in the second half.
What did Deschamps say?
At the press conference following the game, Deschamps took on the form of Martial and Dembele: “They did interesting things.
“Ousman has confirmed that he is back on track. He is capable of repeating sprints and making a difference. He was rewarded with his goal.
“Anthony was behind the opening goal. It’s good for both of us.
“Since I chose them, they’re on the team to use. I have other attackers in this group. It was important for the opponent’s profile to engage opponents and dribble.
“They both did pretty well.”
What happened to Martial?
At the start of the second half, Martial entered the box on the left. When he tried to cut the inside, he was a bit heavy with his touch and while he was stretching to win the ball he caught his poles on the artificial surface.
At first, he seemed to have some pain, the repetition showed that he had tightened his knee and there was a fear that it could cause serious damage.
However, he was able to play for several minutes and made a powerful free kick with his injured leg. When he was replaced, he left the field.