Hugo Lloris drops a clanger for France and puts team in danger of Belarus defeat

had a tough night for France in their World Cup qualifier against Belarus last night.

With competition for the number one shirt particularly strong in the , Hugo Lloris certainly didn’t do himself any favours when he dropped a clanger to put France a goal behind.

France coach Didier Deschamps has claimed Hugo Lloris was ill before his nightmare display against Belarus.

Deschamps said: "It is like that – it can happen to him too. He also had some worries, his stomach mostly, during the night and the morning. He has the right to make mistakes, even if we need him. When we made played less well and had to make saves, he made them."

The Spurs and France keeper fumbled the ball into the net after Belarus defender Egor Filipenko headed goalwards from 12 yards out.

Hugo Lloris misjudged the ball as it bounced in the six-yard box, and flicked the ball up into his own net, not before scrambling and flailing after it.

You can see the incident below (helpfully juxtaposed with the Benny Hill theme music):

Frank Ribery saved the keeper’s blushes by equalising on the 47th minute, only for Hugo Lloris to make another error, putting France 2-1 down to Belarus, who are ranked 73rd in the world.

Belarus midfielder Kalachev struck the ball from long-distance, only for Hugo Lloris to let the shot rocket in at his near post. It looked as if Lloris had expected the shot to go wide.

The keeper did get a hand to the shot, but the stop was indecisive and weak, and the ball flicked into his net.

The reverse angle in the video below shows how simple the save should have been:


However, thanks to another goal from Frank Ribery, France drew level once more, and goals from Samir Nasri and Paul Pogba ensured that Lloris’ blushes were saved and that France remained on course for World Cup qualification.


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