Former Super Eagles defender Ifeanyi Udeze insists France approach to the final of the World Cup was wrong, especially in the first half.
Udeze said Argentina emerged the champions of World, after winning a keenly contested final at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Qatar on Sunday.
France started the game putting every foot wrong as Argentina established a two-goal lead in the first half.
However, they turned the game around towards the end of game, scoring twice in the space of two minutes to force the game into extra time.
Argentina took the lead again with seven minutes left in extra time, only for Kylian Mbappe to score another penalty to make it 3-3.
The game then proceeded to penalties and Argentina won the shootouts 4-2, but Udeze wasn’t impressed with France’s start to the game.
“France’s approach in the beginning was wrong. They could have started the game with the intensity with which they played the second half,” the former Nigerian Defender said on Brila FM’s coverage of the game.
“The solution was to attack, attack and attack the Argentines. They were not supposed to relax if there was to be a change of fortunes earlier.
“They were playing ‘serere’ football and that wouldn’t help you,” Udeze reiterated.
“Aside the Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo rivalry, a lot of Africans supported France because most of their players have African backgrounds.
“They (France) did their best, but congratulations to Messi. He has really worked hard to achieve this.”
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