ANTHONY MARTIAL suffered an injury scare after limping off the pitch during France’s 2-0 win over Kazakhstan having played a huge role in the opener.
Having slipped to a 1-1 draw at home to Ukraine in their opener, the 2018 champions were desperate to secure all three points on the road.
Martial beamed after teeing up Dembele for France’s opener following a gorgeous bit of skillCredit: Reuters
Ecstasy turned into agony for Martial after he suffered a knee injury in the second halfCredit: AFP
The former Monaco striker silkily flicked the ball around his defender, swivelled and took control of it.
Keeping his head up, Martial picked out Ousmane Dembele with a simple, calmly-played pass.
The Barcelona man made no mistake as he sent the ball arrowing past Aleksandr Mokin and into the Ukraine net.
A Serhiy Malyi own-goal put France well in control shortly before half-time – with the game ultimately ending 2-0 to the reigning world champions.
But both France and United were dealt a blow in the second half as Martial received treatment on the pitch before being taken off with what appeared to be a knee injury, replaced by Kylian Mbappe.
Earlier in the game, fans were left with the jaws on the floor thanks to Martial’s nonchalant yet dazzling piece of skill to tee up Dembele.
Martial appeared to be in discomfort as he was helped off the pitch in the second halfCredit: AFP
One tweeted: “Tasty turn by Martial for France’s goal. Martial FC might be back.”
Another wrote: “That turn by Martial though…”
A third added: “See what I mean when I say Martial is a false 9 now?
“Picking up the ball on the half turn and passing it so cleanly like that isn’t easy. What a player.”
One said: “Lovely Martial. That turn, strength, first touch and the SIMPLE PASS.”
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