Andrej Kramaric’s penalty helps Croatia equalize France in Nations League

On Monday, Croatia salvaged a 1-1 draw at home against world champions France, leaving both teams still searching for their first Nations League victory.

Coach Didier Deschamps fielded an untested team in Split without key strikers Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema, and Adrien Rabiot of Juventus scored the first goal in 52 minutes.

Andrej Kramaric earned and converted a penalty kick seven minutes from time to bring Croatia level. “We accomplished some nice things while considering all of the adjustments. We were in the lead and had a chance to score a second goal. We gifted them the equalizer with the penalty, which is a shame, “M6 was informed by Deschamps.

“Of course, the outcome does not completely please me. But there’s exhaustion to consider, and I’m obliged to make adjustments due to the other matchups. It’s an excellent warm-up for the World Cup.”

In League A, Group 1, France and Croatia each have one point. Last week, France was defeated 2-1 by Denmark in their home opener, while Croatia was defeated 3-0 by Austria.

READ MORE: England loses against Hungary in Nations League

Denmark leads the group with six points after beating Austria 2-1 in Vienna in a match delayed by an hour and a half due to a power outage on Monday.

Deschamps allowed several peripheral players to make an impact before the World Cup began in Qatar in November on a night when Luka Modric won his 150th cap for Croatia.

As Ante Budimir hesitated to fire, veteran defender Presnel Kimpembe rushed back to block, with teammate Lovro Majer also in position for a tap-in.

After a successful season with RB Leipzig, Christopher Nkunku dinked the ball home over Dominik Livakovic but was called offside at the half-hour mark.

Livakovic stopped Moussa Diaby as he surged towards goal down the right flank, while Aurelien Tchouameni’s long-range effort was pushed away by the Croatia goalkeeper.

Rabiot opened the deadlock after being sent in by Wissam Ben Yedder’s wonderful cross, stroking clinically inside the near post for just his second international goal.

Substitute Antoine Griezmann’s attempt was blocked by Livakovic just before Croatia was given a penalty after a VAR review overturned an earlier offside decision.

Mike Maignan made a great stop at Luka Sucic’s feet, but Jonathan Clauss caught Kramaric, the Hoffenheim striker calmly rolling in from the spot after a long review.

Nikola Vlasic had a chance to give Croatia its first victory against France in nine tries, but Maignan got down quickly to turn behind.

Griezmann was then unable to capitalize on a Josip Juranovic miskick in the final seconds, dragging wide.