Soccer. 2022 World Cup: the return of the great Hugo Lloris

Zinedine Zidane had already experienced this in 2006, sent by the Spanish media to retire from the knockout stages of the World Cup in Germany. We know the rest of the story. Hugo Lloris also went there, Saturday evening in Qatar, considered upstream of this quarter by the English tabloids as the weak point of a French selection considered weak defensively.

Hugo Lloris had to make six saves against England. (Photo Paul Ellis/AFP)

Asked on Friday on this subject, on these English opinions which saw him give in to the greatest largesse against the British attackers after a start to the World Cup deemed very average, Captain Lloris had simply retorted that he would not answer anything at a press conference, smiling in corner. The Niçois judged that he was not there to fuel the debate and no doubt he already knew that his answer was going to intervene on the ground, Saturday evening.

“We are proud of him”

Zidane knocked out Spain in 2006 and 16 years later, the 35-year-old Tottenham goalkeeper, who may be living his last World Cup, beat England after a resplendent performance. France has found its great goalkeeper, the one who disgusts opponents, the one from 2018 who had led the Blues to the title.

Hugo Lloris had been identified as the “Achilles heel” of the French team before the quarter-final by the English press, he answered on the ground.
Hugo Lloris had been identified as the “Achilles heel” of the French team before the quarter-final by the English press, he answered on the ground. (Photo Jack Guez/AFP)

For his 143rd match in the jersey of the France team, which breaks a tricolor record, Lloris was imperial against Kane twice in the first period, then released a good attempt from Bellingham. He gave in despite everything on a first penalty from his club teammate but saw his second attempt fly away from his cages, winner of the psychological duel. “We are proud of him, Hugo had a very big game, savored his teammate Adrien Rabiot. We talked a lot about the Walker – Mbappé duel but Hugo won his against Kane. In the big games, he is there”.

There are two left for the tricolor goalkeeper, also reassuring in his aerial outings, to write a little more the history of the France team.

France's goalkeeper #01 Hugo Lloris reaches for the ball during the Qatar 2022 World Cup quarter-final football match between England and France at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha, on De
When the France team was inside, Hugo Lloris’ saves proved decisive. (Photo Jack Guez/AFP)

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