Saint-Denis, France (AP) – World Cup winner Finland stunned France 2-0 in a friendly match on Wednesday as the hosts were punished for missing a number of opportunities
First-half goals from winger Marcus Fors and striker Uni Valacari gave an unexpected win for the Finns, which seemed more likely after France opened up their guest defense early
Striker Marcus Thuram, son of Lilian Thuram, could make his debut at the Stade de France – his father scored just two goals in his long international career in the World Cup semi-finals against Croatia in 1998
Thuram almost scored his first opportunity for France when he headed into the crossbar from close range in the 16th minute. Two minutes later, Thuram hit another good opportunity from close range and tried his luck with a curling shot a few minutes later.
With Thuram investigating the left flank and teaming up well with striker Wissam Ben Yedder, the French seemed to be in complete control only to give up twice in quick succession
After midfielder Moussa Sissoko gave the ball away in the 28th minute, Force rushed into the penalty area and confidently finished off with a powerful shot. Three minutes later, Valacari curled past goalkeeper Steve Mandanda from the edge of the penalty area
France had a lot of possession in the second half but made little until the last stages.
Thuram tried his luck with a striking shot from outside the area 20 minutes before the end but was easily saved, then midfielder N’Golo Kante cut away after being set up by Anthony Martial’s elegant flick
Thuram was the most dangerous player in France of all time, the comforting touch of Marcel being allowed a late shot and then, in the last minute of stoppage time, striker Antoine Griezmann hit a long way from Martial’s pass on a dirty night for France
“We had two chances from Marcus,” Griezmann said, “If we had put them away it would be a different story.” “But we need to know what we haven’t done well and look forward to Saturday.”
France will play the Nations League matches away to Portugal on Saturday and at home to Sweden next Tuesday, and Portugal leads by goal difference in that group
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