France get off to winning start against Austria but given Kylian Mbappé scare

On a humid, boisterous night in Düsseldorf France eased their way into this tournament with a controlled 1-0 defeat of a game but ultimately limited Austria.

A first-half own goal settled the game. Didier Deschamps’ team played well within its limits. The Qatar 2022 finalists slept a little in the first half, ran through some patterns, opened up the right side of Austria’s defence whenever Kylian Mbappé stretched his legs. Austria were always kept at arm’s length. Deschamps will be pleased with the control in midfield offered by Adrien Rabiot and N’Golo Kanté.

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