Les Bleus held by Canada in final Euro 2024 warm-up friendly

Didier Deschamps’ side couldn’t find a way past Canada in Bordeaux for Les Bleus’ final warm-up friendly before traveling to Germany for Euro 2024. With captain Kylian Mbappé injured, Deschamps made some changes, giving opportunities to Marcus Thuram and William Saliba. Ngolo Kanté was named in the starting lineup for the second preparation match in a row, while veteran Olivier Giroud started in his final match for the French national team on home soil.

Les Bleus started the game as the stronger side, with Théo Hernandez and Ngolo Kanté posing threats. Marcus Thuram’s header hit the woodwork after a combination between Ousmane Dembélé and Antoine Griezmann. Despite some close chances, including a Griezmann strike, France couldn’t find the back of the net in the first half. Ferland Mendy came on for Theo Hernandez at halftime.

Canada came close to scoring in the second half, with Liam Miller hitting the crossbar. Les Bleus responded with pressure in the final third, with Giroud almost scoring with an overhead kick. Jonathan David had a chance to score for Canada but was denied by Saliba. Kylian Mbappé and Randal Kolo Muani had late opportunities, but the match ended in a goalless draw.

The standout statistic from the game was Olivier Giroud making his 133rd appearance for Les Bleus, becoming the outfield player with the most appearances on French soil for the national team.

In conclusion, Les Bleus were held to a draw by Canada in their final warm-up friendly, with Giroud making a milestone appearance. The team will now head to Germany for the start of Euro 2024, looking to make an impact in the tournament.