France's superiority in this match continued with two big strikes in the UEFA Nations League Group A3.
Croatia vs France: reaction as it is
Antoine Griezmann's massive eighth-minute strike put France on track to double the UEFA Nations League against Croatia. The Barcelona man jumped into a clearing to throw his left-footed effort into the net after a good run by Ferland Mendy on the right. Kylian Mbappé nearly doubled the visitors' win in the 15th minute, but he fired wide with the goal at his mercy.
Croatia grew in self-confidence, and on the half-hour goal, Mario Pašalić forced Hugo Lloris to bail at close range. The hosts' persistence was finally rewarded in the middle of the second term, when Nikola Vlašić was lured into the house through Josip Brekalo's pass.
With 15 minutes remaining, France was revived and replaced by Paul Pogba forcibly rescued from Dominik Livaković. Less than three minutes later, Pogba kicked off the move that led to the winner and blasted a point shot to the left for Lucas Digne. The Everton defender managed to volley for the first time in the way of home sweeper Kylian Mbappé.
Lloris warned to reject Mateo Kovačić and Andrej Kramarić in the closing minutes to make sure France scored the maximum points.
Elvir Islamovic, Croatia correspondent
Croatia managed to level things up in the second half and while they looked inspiring after the restart, the visitors showed their class once again. Zlatko Dalić knows what his side needs to improve but also had some bright spots from the match, the performances of Brekalo and Vlašić.
David Crossan, correspondent for France
Deschamps will be very pleased with the win, unless France dominates for much of the second half. Les Bleus scored two excellent goals and played very well in the opening and Griezmann reinvented the goal threat. Mbappé was far from his best, he missed a big chance in the first half, but still the winner scored. The match was inconclusive in determining whether the diamond midfield was best suited to world champions.
France coach Didier Deschamps : “We knew we would be in a real war. We started very well and it's a shame we didn't score two goals clearly as Kylian had a great chance. second half."
Antoine Griezmann, France striker: “It was a tough game and not a great match to play. We fought hard and the most important thing is we won. We all got involved defensively and took our chances.”
Josip Brekalo, Croatia striker: “After not having such a good start, we played really well, especially in the second half. We had a chance and in the end it could have been a different outcome. I think we deserve more; We could even. won it. ”
• Griezmann, who won in the eighth minute, was the fastest goal of France's career.
• Croatia lost six of their eight matches against Les Bleus.
• Croatia lost their first home match in 20 rounds.
Croatia: Livakovic; Uremovich, Lovren, Vida, Barishich; Badel (Kovacic, 46), Modric; Pasalik (Brekalo 46), Vlašić (Kramaric 80), Perisic (Bradaric 78), Petkovic (Budimir 61)
France: Lloris; Mendy, Varane, Lenglet, Dinh (Hernandez, 83); Tolisso (Kamavinga 63), Nzonzi, Rabiot (Pogba 74); Griezmann (Giroud, 83); Mbappe, Fight (Koman 63)
Sweden meets Croatia on Saturday, November 14, and Portugal is at home against France.