Why France’s first goal against England should never have happened
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Former Manchester United and England goalkeeper Ben Foster has explained why he felt France’s opening goal against England should never have happened.
After a cagey first 15 minutes, France took the lead as Real Madrid midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni’s strike from 25 yards arrowed into the back of Jordan Pickford’s net.
The defending champions eventually came out 2-1 winners thanks to an Olivier Giroud header in the 78th minute, England captain Harry Kane missed a crucial spot kick six minutes from full time to draw things level.
Many felt that Bukayo Saka was fouled in the build-up to Tchouameni’s goal, with replays also suggesting the same.
He said on his benfcyclinggk TikTok account: “It was about 25 or 26 yards out, Bellingham's about 25 yards from the goal, and it's gone through his legs.
“That has not put Jordan Pickford off whatsoever, right? You almost have to dive past the ball, do you know what I mean?
“I think most Premier League goalies make that save, I really do. I think most Premier League goalies make that save, full stop.”
Foster then dismissed the idea that Tchouameni’s shot was simply too good.
“I don't think it was - I don't think it was rifled and I don't think it was right in the corner,” he added.
“I think if you show Jordan Pickford to look back at the goal, I think he'll hold his hands up and say, I think I can do better for that.”
Overall, the Everton goalkeeper has had a decent tournament in Qatar as he drew plaudits after making a fine close-range save during the last 16 clash against Senegal.
Pickford conceded four goals during the World Cup, two against Iran and two against France. He made a total of seven saves and finished with an average pass success rate of 77.2%.
The 28-year-old has been England’s first choice for a number of years now, but with the likes of Aaron Ramsdale and Nick Pope performing at a high level, Pickford may have to up his game in order to retain his spot.