Croatia Holds France To A Score Draw In Nations League.

 Defenders of the title were being held by Croatia in Split, France has one point from two Nations League games.

The match which went down at the Poljud Stadium on Monday night, was a rematch of the 2018 World Cup final when France trashed Croatia 4-2 to win the world's biggest football tournament in Russia. 

Croatia and France went into the tie with the hope of bouncing back from a disappionting start after they both lost their group opening fixtures. 

France boss Didier Deschamps made ten changes from the squad that lost 2-1 to Denmark on Friday after squandering a lead.

When Adrien Rabiot finished Wissam Ben Yedder's ball with a cool finish in the 52nd minute, the visitors appeared to be on their way to victory.

However, Andrej Kramaric came off the bench to score a fine penalty in the 82nd minute after a foul by Jonathan Clauss was awarded to him by the aid of the video assistance referee (VAR).

The goal secured a vital point for Croatia, as both Croatia and France are still behind Denmark and Austria who won their opening group fixtures .

Croatia had chances to win the game, but goalkeeper Mike Maignan, who was making his competitive debut, stopped Nikola Vlasic, and Luka Sucic pulled a shot wide.

While France were shocked 2-1 by Denmark, Croatia were demolished 3-0 by Austria under the guidance of ex-Man United interim manager, Ralf Rangnick. 

After squandering two leads in five days, Les Bleus now faces an uphill task to reach the Nations League finals next year.

Arsenal's Matteo Guendouzi and William Saliba, as well as Leipzig's Christopher Nkunku, were given their first competitive debuts for France.

Boubacar Kamara, a new Aston Villa signing, made his France debut in the second half.

Luka Modric, a Real Madrid midfielder, earned his 150th cap for Croatia.

Due to a power outage, the other game in Group A1 - Austria vs Denmark - was postponed.

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