Anthony Martial believes his rare international strike for France ‘will do him a lot of good’ as he looks to regain his confidence in front of goal.
France came from behind to draw 1-1 with Ukraine in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday night as Martial scored his first international goal in five years.
Manchester United forward Martial has been in and out of the national side under Didier Deschamps, but repaid his manager’s faith with a vital goal to earn his country a point — his first since scoring against Italy in September 2016.
Martial had spurned a fantastic opportunity to give France the lead before half-time when he latched onto a Paul Pogba pass and saw his effort saved by Andriy Pyatov, but responded well to fire level France level with a close range volley after the break.
Speaking after the match Martial rued the dropped points but was happy to see his side come back and at least get something from a losing position.
“It was a difficult match for us, we were able to come back to the score, it was the most important,” he told L’Equipe.
When asked about scoring a rare goal at international level Martial admitted it had been long overdue.
He added: “It’s been a long time since I had not scored, so it does me a lot of good.”
Martial was replaced by Karim Benzema in the 64th minute while Paul Pogba played the entirety of the match. Club teammate Raphael Varane was an unused substitute.
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