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Dari, Talbi, Doku, Mandanda… our debrief of the Breton Club Players’ World Cup

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The 2022 World Cup ended a few days ago with the victory at the end of the suspense of Argentina over France (3-3, 4-2 tab). The opportunity to review the performance of the ten players from Breton clubs present in Qatar.

Doku and Theate confined to the bench

Barred by fierce competition in their respective positions, the left winger and the central defender had prepared to take on a substitute role. They therefore did not play in the first two matches of the Red Devils which resulted in a narrow victory against Canada (1–0) then a surprise defeat against Morocco (2–0). In the third pool match, the Belgians in a delicate position had to pocket points against Croatia in order to clinch a qualification.

And while neither team managed to unblock the situation, Jérémy Doku came into play twenty minutes from the end of the match. He blasted the opposing defense with his hooks and accelerations, but failed to make the difference to prevent the elimination of his selection (0-0). For his part, Arthur Theate did not play a single minute of play during this World Cup.

A reassuring match for Wooh

Like Jérémy Doku, the Rouge et Noir summer rookie did not participate in the first two matches of his selection. Already eliminated after their defeat against Switzerland (1-0) and their draw against Serbia (3-3), the Indomitable Lions challenged Brazil in their last match in the competition.

Holder for the occasion, Christopher Wooh delivered a very reassuring performance to muzzle world-class players such as Gabriel Jesus, Rodrygo and Anthony. Cameroon also created the surprise by winning a success (1-0) for the honor against the Seleção. From the top of his 5 selections, the defender trained in Nancy should therefore soon take the thickness in the team of Rigobert Song.

Majer has confirmed his full potential

The situation is totally different for the Croatian prodigy. Luxury replacement of the incredible Luka Modrić, Lovro Majer participated in all meetings of the Vatreni. He even found the net on one of his first balls during his team’s display against Canada (4-1). In the quarter-finals, the midfielder mustered up his courage in the penalty shootout against Brazil.

Full of composure, he did not flinch to allow his team to break before it won (1-1, 5-3 on pens). Holder in the small final against Morocco (2-1), the former Dynamo Zagreb performed well. For his first major competition with Croatia, he won a nice bronze medal and revealed himself to the eyes of the whole world as the potential successor to the 2018 Ballon d’Or.

Mandanda gave voice

Confined to a role of second goalkeeper behind the excellent Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda took part in the match of the hairdressers, the last meeting of the group stages against Tunisia. Rarely put in danger by the Eagles of Carthage, the goalkeeper however lost against Wahbi Khazri, the former Rennes striker.

Back on the substitute bench until the end of the World Cup, the dean of the France team had a concrete importance in the locker room. While the Blues were largely dominated (2-0) at the break in the final against Argentina, the former Marseille player raised his voice to put his partners back on the right track.

very shy sulemana

With Ghana, Kamaldeen Sulemana had a rather disappointing World Cup like his selection. Not invited during the defeat of the Black Stars against Portugal (3-2), he then came into play against South Korea during the precious victory of his team (3-2). As Ghana trailed at half-time in their last pool game against Uruguay (2–0), the winger replaced Jordan Ayew to bring speed to the Ghanaian game. However, he failed to be decisive and received a yellow card at the end of the match following a foul in frustration.

A bad World Cup for Rodon

Indisputable holder in the central hinge of Wales, Joe Rodon played the entirety of the three matches of his selection alongside Gareth Bale. In great difficulty, as at the start of the season with the Rouge et Noir, the player on loan from Tottenham showed significant shortcomings. The Dragons conceded a whopping six goals in the pool, a total far too high to hope for qualification. A World Cup forgot for the native of Swensea.

No minute of play for Gomis

Selected with the Terenga Lions, Alfred Gomis was for his part the substitute goalkeeper for Édouard Mendy. And despite the mistakes made by the Chelsea goalkeeper, especially against the Netherlands, the Rennais did not benefit from playing time. Senegal nevertheless managed an interesting course before losing heavily in the round of 16 against the England (3–0).

A historic journey for Dari and Morocco

After a lackluster start to the season at Stade Brestois, Achraf Dari proudly defended the colors of Morocco in Qatar. On the bench in the first four games of the World Cup, the defender then benefited from the numerous injuries in the central hinge to help the Atlas Lions.

Sometimes put in difficulty against Portugal in the quarter-finals, he managed to hold the score (1-0) with his partners to clinch a historic qualification in the semi-finals. Facing the Blues, the former Wydad was unfortunately overtaken by the event. Taken by Kylian Mbappé on several occasions, he could have and perhaps even should have received several cards. Scorer in the match for third place against Croatia, he was then out through injury before the Atlas Lions lost (2–1).

Impressive apron

Boss of the Tunisian defense, the summer recruit of the Merlus has played all the matches of his selection. Reassuring and consistent, Montassar Talbi had a very good World Cup, conceding only one small goal in the defeat against Australia (1-0). He has established himself a little more as an indisputable holder of Tunisia and should emerge from this experience at the highest level.

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