Olivier Giroud panned for wasting Antoine Griezmann's back-heel

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France were in action for the first time since their heartbreaking defeat in the Euro 2016 final and appeared to have a simple start to their FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.

Didier Deschamps' men travelled to Minsk to take on Belarus, a nation ranked 70th in the official world rankings, on Tuesday night and were widely expected to return with three points.

They didn't.

The game petered out to a 0-0 draw but not before Les Bleus missed a host of chances to win it. Indeed, a front line of Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud appeared just as potent as it did in the European Championships.

The Arsenal star and Atletico Madrid's main man failed to combine effectively at any point throughout the 90 minutes but at least one of them appeared to be on top form. Can you guess which one?

Yes, it was Griezmann, the man who returned from the Euro 2016 with the Golden Boot, who was trying everything he could to break the deadlock. If only Giroud took advantage of his good work.

There was one moment in particular which drew gasps and sighs across France – and north London – in the second half. Griezmann produced an incredible bit of skill to put Giroud through on goal. All he had to do was bury it past the goalkeeper but he struck wide.

Take a look at the incident below:


As you would expect, the reaction on Twitter from both France and Arsenal fans has been less than forgiving.

Making amends

Giroud will have the perfect chance to make amends in France's next month when they welcome Bulgaria to Paris for the second World Cup qualifier in Group A. 

But he will have to prove himself worthy of a place in the team by scoring goals for Arsenal. Luckily, Arsene Wenger's inability to sign a world-class striker means he is still the first choice for the Gunners but now faces competition from new arrival Lucas Perez.

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