France entered history on June 23 in a rather unpleasant way by registering as the first nation to suffer two penalties during the same meeting of a Euro. Each time, Cristiano Ronaldo did not tremble to take Hugo Lloris on the wrong foot.
Since his debut in the national team in the fall of 2008, the French captain has been faced with 20 shots on goal. He lost 18 times and only defeated two attempts, those of Belarusian Sergey Kornilenko on September 11, 2012 (3-1) and Spaniard Cesc Fabregas a month later in Madrid (1-1). twice in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
Less decisive than Maignan, Neuer or Navas
France then cashed each of the 16 penalties whistled against it (15 by Lloris, 1 by Steve Mandanda). The goalkeeper of the Blues and Tottenham presents, in fifteen years of career, a record of 20 deflected shots on goal, stopped or struck out of the frame (in detail 15 in the Championship, three in the European Cup and therefore two in selection) for 79 conceded or about one duel won in 5.
These statistics are not exceptional. They place it, rather, in an honest average. The native of Nice, who has never taken part in a penalty shoot-out with the Blues, has not stopped any of the 11 penalties he has faced with Tottenham, in the Premier League and the Europa League this season. .
At the time of entering the phase with direct elimination likely to conclude with this form of lottery not recommended to the sensitive souls, one observation is essential. Lloris is therefore not, strictly speaking, a specialist in the field as can be, for example his partner Mike Maignan (11 duels won out of 33, 8 in Ligue 1 alone), the German Manuel Neuer ( 22 out of 70) or the Parisian Keylor Navas (18 out of 56). As for Yann Sommer, the Helvetian goalkeeper, he achieved the feat on November 14, 2020 of pushing back the two penalties of Sergio Ramos, during the draw between Switzerland and Spain (1-1).
In detail, the French team has conceded more penalties since 1904 than it has obtained (111 against 102). But her opponents have failed more often than she in this exercise requiring precision and composure on the part of the shooter (26 failures against 20 for the French nationals).