The Deschamps had possession, but the Africans enjoyed the best chances. They could not add their 14th win of 2016, which would have set a record.
Little spectacle and few occasions between France, the runner-up of Europe, and Côte d’Ivoire, the African champion, in the last duel of the year for both selections that closed without history (0-0).
Didier Deschamps’ bleus did not make it to his 14th win in 2016, which would have set a record.
If the Gauls, who played at home with a team plagued by regular substitutes and without their star of the moment, Athletic Antoine Griezmann, had control of the game, it was the Africans who enjoyed the best opportunities.
Especially the one that was sought in the 11 minute Traoré with a volley from the edge of the area that crashed against the stick of Costil, which debuted under the sticks of the ‘bleus’.
The rejection came to Kalou, who scored but in an offside position, so he was nullified.
France did not lose control of the game and had some approach to the area of the Elephants, somewhat imprecise in defense, but very solid throughout the game.
And vertical at the exit, as the backlash in the 36 that allowed Gradel, again, take the danger to the stand of Lens.
A stadium in which the Real Madrid Raphael Varane, who formed in the local club, was applauded and reigned in the French rear in the first half, when he wore the captain’s armband, before being changed without a doubt to stand facing the derby Which awaits the next weekend with his club.
Ivory Coast still had another good chance in the 67th minute when Costil had to leave his area to refuse a ball and leave it at the feet of Gradel, who tried it from 35 meters but did not find with his shot the goal unguarded from the French.
Nor did the party allow Deschamps to draw too many conclusions about its substitute theorists.
The attack articulated around the athletic Kevin Gameiro generated little game and was not better when in the second half the exsevillista left its position to Olivier Giroud.
More showed the Barcelonist Lucas Digne, solid in the defense and who won gallons for the future, as well as the Sevilla Adel Rami, which consolidates as an option of preference of Deschamps in the rear.
Ivory Coast still had a last chance in 89, when Pépé was about to surprise Costil.