French media deliver verdict on Hugo Lloris' display at World Cup last night
The African nation has been the surprise package of this year’s World Cup. They beat the likes of Belgium, Spain and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, and many felt they had a chance against France as well.
Les Bleus, however, proved to be too strong.
French media deliver verdict on Hugo Lloris’ display at World Cup last night
France were nowhere near their best against Morocco last night.
Didier Deschamps’ side were made to work hard, and goals from Theo Hernandez and Randal Kolo Muani sealed the game, but the real hero has to be Lloris, who saved them twice in the first half.
The Tottenham man pulled off a really good save to deny Azzedine Ounahi in the 10th minute before getting a fingertip on Jawad El Yamiq’s bicycle kick to deny what could’ve been an equaliser before half-time.
National media outlets in France have delivered their verdicts on Lloris’ display last night. Some have heaped real praise, while others just feel he did what he had to do.
“He saved the nation again,” writes EuroSport France after giving him a 7/10 rating.
“Lloris warmed up his gloves on a beautiful horizontal in front of Ounahi (10th) but we will especially remember his fantastic parade on the return of El Yamiq (45th). His end to the first period relieved a collective in agony and he even relieved his defenders on outings in the middle of traffic. In short… On his line, he’s a monster.”
So Foot, on the other hand, decided to be funny. They too gave him a 7/10 rating and wrote: “He will therefore play more World Cup finals than he has achieved a clean sheet in this World Cup.”
Goal France, however, weren’t as generous. They only gave him a 6/10 rating and wrote: “Well heated by a parade on a beautiful strike from Ounahi (10th minute), the captain of the Blues was impeccable on his outings, but sometimes fished on the recovery.”
Lloris has been France’s number one for years now, and he has almost always been excellent for them.
However, he has been questioned numerous times over the last few weeks, especially before the game against England in the quarter-final of the World Cup last weekend.
The Frenchman’s performance last night would’ve definitely silenced some of his critics. He stepped up when his country needed him the most and has led them to another World Cup final.
Lloris is guaranteed to start against Argentina on Sunday, and if he has a good game against Lionel Messi and co, France should be able to win the biggest prize in world football.