Croatia 1-1 France: Les Bleus yet to win in Nations League

Andrej Kramaric

Defending champions France have one point from two Nations League games after being held by Croatia in Split.

They looked on course for victory when Adrien Rabiot’s cool finish from Wissam Ben Yedder’s ball gave them the lead.

But Andrej Kramaric scored a fine penalty after the video assistant referee awarded him a spot-kick following a foul by Jonathan Clauss.

Denmark now top the group on six points after winning 2-1 in Austria.

France now face an uphill battle to reach next year’s Nations League finals after throwing away two leads in five days.

Croatia had chances to win the game but West Ham’s Nikola Vlasic was denied by goalkeeper Mike Maignan, who was making his competitive debut, and Luka Sucic dragged a shot wide.

France handed first competitive starts to Arsenal pair Matteo Guendouzi and William Saliba and RB Leipzig’s sought-after frontman Christopher Nkunku.

New Aston Villa signing Boubacar Kamara came on for his France debut in the second half.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric won his 150th cap for Croatia.

Power outage causes delay in Vienna


Denmark overcame Austria in the other game in Group A1 in a game delayed for 90 minutes because of a power failure.

Power went in Vienna’s second district before kick-off, causing the long delay, with fans using their phones to shine some light at the Ernst Happel Stadion.

When the game eventually started, a late Danish strike took them top of the group.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg swept the Danes into the lead before Xaver Schlager took advantage of some poor defending to level.

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen and Austrian forward Marko Arnautovic hit the post as both sides pushed for a winner.

With six minutes left Eriksen found Jens Stryger Larsen, who curled a stunning finish into the top corner.

It was a first defeat for Austria’s former Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick, whose side won 3-0 in Croatia last week in his first game in charge.



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Livakovic
  • 22Juranovic
  • 20Erlic
  • 21VidaBooked at 21mins
  • 3Barisic
  • 10ModricSubstituted forSucicat 79′minutes
  • 11Brozovic
  • 8KovacicSubstituted forVlasicat 79′minutes
  • 4MajerSubstituted forPasalicat 63′minutes
  • 17BudimirSubstituted forKramaricat 69′minutes
  • 7BrekaloSubstituted forOrsicat 63′minutes


  • 2Vrsaljko
  • 5Sutalo
  • 6Pongracic
  • 9Kramaric
  • 12Labrovic
  • 13Vlasic
  • 14Sucic
  • 15Pasalic
  • 16Jakic
  • 18Orsic
  • 19Ivanusec
  • 23Ivusic


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 16Maignan
  • 2Pavard
  • 17Saliba
  • 3KimpembeBooked at 84mins
  • 18Digne
  • 8TchouaméniSubstituted forKamaraat 62′minutes
  • 6Guendouzi
  • 20DiabySubstituted forClaussat 79′minutes
  • 12Nkunku
  • 14Rabiot
  • 9Ben YedderSubstituted forGriezmannat 62′minutes


  • 1Lloris
  • 4Konaté
  • 5Koundé
  • 7Griezmann
  • 10Mbappé
  • 11Coman
  • 13Kamara
  • 15Clauss
  • 19Benzema
  • 21Hernández
  • 22Hernández
  • 23Areola

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Match ends, Croatia 1, France 1.

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