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Deschamps defends Benzema’s France goal drought

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France manager Didier Deschamps rose to Karim Benzema’s defense after the striker drew another blank in the team’s latest Euro 2020 outing.

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Didier Deschamps insists Karim Benzema is unmoved by his struggles to score for France and retains his full confidence.

The Real Madrid striker’s wait for a first international goal since August 2015 continued on Saturday following France’s 1-1 draw at Hungary in a Euro 2020 showdown.

Despite troubling the Hungarian defense with some superb movement, Benzema lacked his usual prolific touch in front of the goal. He has now gone eight matches without a goal in the European Championship, despite having taken 30 shots.

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“Benzema has a lot of experience and he will have no doubts about himself”, said France manager Deschamps as per Goal.

“He has done very good things, but he has lacked a goal. He knows people want him to score, but he knows it’s just about that. He is a striker that needs to score but the essential thing is that he has confidence and that he knows he has mine.”

It instead took a 66th-minute equalizer from Antoine Griezmann to salvage a point in Budapest, while Olivier Giroud replaced Benzema in the final 14 minutes of the match.

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France next play Portugal on Wednesday for their Group F finale in Budapest once more.