A lackluster first half was lively four minutes before the break when the 21-year-old opened the scoring in typically sublime fashion with France’s first shot on target. The Paris Saint-Germain striker got stuck between two defenders and passed Robin Olsen at a sharp angle.
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Sweden could only have been in the lead three minutes earlier for Hugo Lloris to make a big save to deny Marcus Berg.
With Paul Pogba missing due to a positive coronavirus test, Didier Deschamps’ World Cup winners were far from their best on a night when RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano made his debut and Anthony Martial was featured in the second half for his first appearance since March 2018..
The Manchester United striker provided a spark, winning the penalty for teammate Victor Lindelof, but the very anonymous Griezmann finished a night to personally forget by kicking over the bar with the last kick Match.
France continue their campaign Tuesday night at home against Croatia, while Sweden host Portugal the same evening.
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TALKING POINT – Magic Mbappe sauve la France terne
Barely two weeks after his defeat in the Champions League final, Mbappe already seems to have put the disappointment behind him. As French Bayern Munich players Kingsley Coman, Benjamin Pavard and Corentin Tolisso let the game go by, Mbappe made himself available and proved the difference between the teams, while Griezmann and Giroud struggled to have a impact in a three-way attack. Mbappe now has 14 goals in 34 appearances, and at just 21, one wonders how many more he can score.
MAN OF THE MATCH – Kylian Mbappe (France)
During an evening where quality was paramount, the two key players in France got up to be counted. Lloris was solid between the sticks for France, making a great save and offering a calm header from the back, but it was Mbappe who stole the show.
RANKING OF PLAYERS
Sweden: Olsen 5, Lustig 6, Jansson 6, Lindelof 5, Bengtsson 6, Larsson 6, Olsson 6, Ekdal 6, Forsberg 6, Quaison 5, Berg 6 .. subs: Guidetti 5, Kulusevski 5, Sema N / A.
France: Lloris 8, Dubois 7, Upamecano 6, Varane 6, Kimpembe 6, Digne 6, Kante 6, Rabiot 6, Giroud 5, Mbappe 8, Griezman 4 .. submarines: N’Zonzi N / A, Mendy N / A, Martial 6.
38 ‘- Great save! Sweden comes to life and France must thank Lloris for maintaining the level of scores. He’s out of line very quickly to save Berg’s effort at close range. Forsberg leaps on the loose ball but his cross is clearly hacked.
41 ‘- GOAL! Sweden 0-1 France (Mbappe): A moment of magic from Mbappe gives France the advantage! It’s their first shot on target, as Mbappe squeezes between two defenders and places him at an acute angle past Olsen. This is his 14th goal for his country!
90 ‘+ 4 – Penalty for France! Martial is on goal but he is dragged by his Manchester United teammate Lindelof and the referee points to the place and produces the yellow card!
90 ‘+ 5 – Miss! Griezmann ends an evening to personally forget as he ignites his kick over the bar. Very expensive.
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