It was very much a World Cup tournament of two halves for France in 2018.
Les Bleus headed to Russia as one of the favourites. Didier Deschamps had quite the squad at his disposal, including the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe. The expectation was that this team would score goals. A lot of them.
Deschamps did name a fairly exciting attacking trio for their opener against Australia, with Mbappe being flanked by Griezmann and Dembele. It didn’t click, however, and France needed a penalty and an own goal to eke out a 2-1 win.