Against Finland, an international match
Wednesday 11 November 2020 8:10 pm
Report and highlights of free matches, with new arrivals claiming the famous victory of Finland at the Stade de France
World Cup champion Finland stunned France 2-0 in a friendly match on Wednesday as the host country was punished for missing a number of chances.
The Premier League quintiles Paul Pogba, Olivier Giroud, Moses Sissoko, Lucas Denny and Kurt Zuma all started for the world champions, and it seemed to be going well as France opened the visiting defense early
But two goals in three minutes into the first half from Brentford striker Marcus Forse and striker Uni Valacari – both of whom were playing their first international matches – won the visitors, who are 55th in the world.
Striker Marcus Thuram, son of Lilian Thuram, could make his debut at the Stade de France as his father scored only 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 off the goal after a superb pass from Anthony Martial
Thuram was the most dangerous player in France of all time, the comfortable touch allowed Martial with a late shot and then, in the last minute of stoppage time, striker Antoine Griezmann hit a distant ball from Martial’s pass on a dirty night for France.
France will face Portugal in the Nations League match on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Football then they welcome Sweden on Tuesday, and also live on the red button Sky Sports Football Both games start at 745 pm
For Finland, they’ll face a foreign flight to Bulgaria on Sunday, right on the red button Sky Sports Football; Match kicks off at 5 pm They will travel to Wales for their final Nations League match on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports Premier League starting at 730 pm; Starting 745 m
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