France vs Sweden – Football Match Report – November 18, 2020


Olivier Giroud netted a brace by once again showing his value for France by helping the world champions beat Sweden 4-2 at home in the Nations League on Tuesday.Giroud scored on either side of Benjamin Pavard’s strike in the first half as Blues recovered from Viktor Claesson’s opening game opener.

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Sweden, which reduced backlogs thanks to Robin Quaison before France’s Kingsley Coman finished in stoppage time, were relegated to League B of the Nations League.

The French side of Didier Deschamps, already qualified for the Final Four, led Group 3 with 16 points in six games, three points ahead of Portugal, who beat third-placed Croatia 3-2 away.

Sweden finished last with three points, behind Croatia on goal difference.

Giroud, who has only made three Premier League appearances for Chelsea this season, has now scored 44 international goals to move to seven behind Thierry Henry’s all-time record in France.

Claesson put the visitors in the lead after four minutes when his shot from inside the box deflected Raphael Varane and hurt Hugo Lloris.

Blues fired back in the 16th minute, Giroud finding the back of the net with a low shot on the corner of Marcus Thuram’s reduction.

Pavard gave France the lead nine minutes before the break with a low, pushing volley after Thuram drew the defense towards him with a meteoric run into the box.

Giroud, who was warned by Deschamps that he must work out his club situation to stay in the squad, put the result beyond doubt with a header from second-half substitute Kylian Mbappe in the 59th minute.

Quaison took two minutes off full time, but it was too little, too late for Sweden, who conceded another from late substitute Coman at the end of a counterattack five minutes into added time.


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