France star Ousmane Dembele ‘is UNWORTHY’ of a score in L’Equipe’s brutal World Cup final player ratings
FRANCE star Ousmane Dembele was deemed “UNWORTHY” of a rating by L’Equipe for his World Cup final performance.
The Barcelona winger, 25, lined up on the right flank for yesterday’s penalty shootout defeat to Argentina.
But Dembele lasted just 41 minutes as he was subbed off for Randal Kolo Muani with France 2-0 down.
Dembele was totally ineffective with his one-on-ones against Argentina left-back Nicolas Tagliafico.
However, his worst moment came in the 23rd minute as he fouled Angel Di Maria in France’s box to give away a penalty for Lionel Messi’s opener.
And French newspaper L’Equipe blasted Dembele’s showing afterwards by refusing to give him a match rating.
They said: “Forty minutes unworthy of a World Cup final. Defensively, the Barcelona man was far too far from his direct opponents.
“He was put in the wind by Angel Di Maria before committing a questionable foul in the area to give away a penalty.
“Offensively, all of his first checks ended up at the opposing feet.”
Dembele wasn’t the only player subbed off before half-time, with Olivier Giroud also making way for Marcus Thuram.
He too was not given a score by L’Equipe after barely touching the ball.
Their assessment of Giroud, who became France’s all-time leading scorer earlier in the tournament, read: “The great story of Olivier Giroud in the France team could end on these 41 minutes disputed and these poor 12 balls touched.
“The striker did not see the light of day against an Argentine defence which dominated him even in the air, usually a strong point of Giroud.
“He also got tired going to press at times very high.”
The rest of France’s team fared little better, with Hugo Lloris and Raphael Varane receiving sixes, Jules Kounde a five and Theo Hernandez a three.
In midfield, Adrien Rabiot was a five, Aurelien Tchouameni a four and Antoine Griezmann a three.
But Kylian Mbappe received the highest score across both sides, landing a nine for his incredible hat-trick as boss Didier Deschamps received a seven.
France’s subs also received decent scores, with Kingsley Coman and Eduardo Camavinga sixes, and Thuram and Kolo Muani sevens.
As for Argentina, Emi Martinez got an eight, Nahuel Molina four, Cristian Romero seven, Nicolas Otamendi four and Tagliafico five.
Rodrigo de Paul, Enzo Fernandez and Alexis Mac Allister all got sevens in midfield.
And finally, Julian Alvarez was a six with Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and boss Lionel Scaloni eights.
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