France coach Didier Deschamps defends Hugo Lloris after goalkeeping error in USA draw
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 10/06/18 8:08am
France boss Didier Deschamps defended Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris after his side were held 1-1 by the USA in Lyon on Saturday.
Lloris failed to keep out Julian Green's shot at his near post, which he appeared to have covered, as the USA took a shock first-half lead with their only attempt on goal.
Lloris has come under scrutiny in the Premier League this season after making several errors for Spurs, which directly led to goals.
"Everyone will have their own analysis of Hugo's season," Deschamps told a post-match press conference.
"Yes, he made three errors with Tottenham that cost goals - (but) he played 60 games, he also earned points for Tottenham, as he made points for the team of France.
"Tonight, obviously he knows it, he can do better on the goal that we conceded, even if there is an error of Djibril Sidibe before.
"But I'm not here to question everything. He has a long, painful season, he's going to get on with it too."
Obviously he knows it, he can do better on the goal that we conceded. But I'm not here to question everything. He has a long, painful season, he's going to get on with it too.
France coach Didier Deschamps
Green initially seized on a mistake by defender Sidibe, who slipped while attempting to clear a cross, before firing home the USA's first-ever goal against France, who will face Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C in Russia.
A disappointing send-off for Deschamps' side at Lyon's Groupama Stadium was compounded by an injury sustained by Olivier Giroud.
The Chelsea striker was forced off early in the second half after a clash of heads with USA defender Matt Miazga.
Giroud has been reported by L'Equipe to have had six stitches in a cut above his left eyebrow, while Chelsea centre-back Miazga, currently on loan at Dutch club Vitesse, needed 15 stitches in a head wound that left him concussed.
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