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Qatar 2022: ‘Not in the game for one hour against Argentina’ – Varane criticizes France stars


France defender, Raphael Varane has criticized Didier Deschamps’ men following their defeat to Argentina in the 2022 FIFA World Cup final on Sunday.

Varane said France players were not in the game for an hour against Argentina, adding that they started badly.

France were beaten on penalties after the match ended in a 3-3 draw following 120 minutes despite Kylian Mbappe scoring a hat-trick.

“Of course, we are very disappointed, we gave everything,” the Manchester United star told TF1.

“We had to face a lot of obstacles throughout the competition, we never gave in. We weren’t in the game for an hour.

“We could have won, I’m very proud of this group and to be French. We keep our heads high. It went by very quickly, after that we were physically better.

“We pushed and we believed until the end. We nearly turned the game around, after starting badly.

“It was a sinuous journey but there was a mental strength in this team, a lot of heart.

“That allowed us to get back in the game. We’re disappointed but there’s a lot of pride.”

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