Giroud doubles helps France to victory over Sweden


France capped their unbeaten UEFA Nations League group campaign with a 4-2 victory for Stade de France over Sweden, which advance to Ligue B.

Wishing to avoid relegation, Sweden got off to a good start, Viktor Claesson capitalizing on a slip from Paul Pogba, entering the box and shooting, the ball taking a hand from Raphael Varane and squirming in front of Hugo Lloris.

France has responded well. Robin Olsen had already made a good save to refuse Giroud before the Chelsea striker made his way home at the near post after meeting Marcus Thuram’s pass from the left side.

Thuram also participated in the second. Coming from his flank, he pushed his way past a few defenders and hit him. He hit a defender and fell gently on Benjamin Pavard, whose first end grazed the surface of the turf and tucked into the bottom corner.

France were starting to dominate but could well have been revived at the dawn of half-time, when Dejan Kulusevski was shot by Varane in the area. It was a clear penalty, but there was no VAR to correct the referee’s wrong decision.

Giroud missed a great opportunity to grab his second after escaping an excellent cross from Sissoko, but quickly made amends by throwing himself on a perfect ball from Kylian Mbappe and finding the back of the net.

Robin Quaison pulled one from close after a good team movement to give the Swedes hope. As they desperately searched for an equalizer that would keep them in League A, goalkeeper Olsen threw in a free kick and France took full advantage, clearing the ball to Kingsley Coman, who went through an empty net to end the the meeting once and for all.

France end their group campaign with 16 points and can look forward to the Nations League final in October 2021.


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