Griezmann’s pair of goals brought France back to victory
He stumbled into two consecutive World Cup qualifiers after leaving early for the European Championships. France, with its back to the wall, was finally able to put the bad times behind it. The world champions returned to victory after losing to Finland.
France vs Finland football match highlight…
Didier Deschamps’ 2-0 Group D match at home in Europe on Tuesday night. Antoyan Griezmann, the hero of the victory, scored a pair of goals.
They tasted victory after five matches in all competitions.
There could have been more goals. But France could not widen the gap due to the determination of the opposing goalkeeper and their own failure.
Holding the ball 75 percent of the time in the match, the French took 17 shots for the goal, including 5 goals. Finland can take only two shots.
France drew with Hungary and Portugal in the next two rounds after winning the first match of the Euro group stage against Germany. The French drew 1-1 against Bosnia-Herzegovina in their first match on Wednesday after losing the last 16 in a tiebreaker against Switzerland. Then on Saturday they ended the match at the same interval against Ukraine. Eventually the mill tasted of victory.
Killian Mbabane out due to injury. France could not create a clear chance to win, even though they were in possession of the ball from the start in the Olympic Lyon. They got the first good chance from the counter attack in the 22nd minute. Karim Benzema’s shot from Griezmann’s extension in the D-box was returned by the Finnish goalkeeper in exchange for a corner.
In the 25th minute, the hosts went ahead with a great goal by Griezmann. Benzema extended Antony Martial’s pass from the left to the D-box. The forward, who went to Atletico Madrid on loan from Barcelona a few days ago, found the address with a distant post with a nice finish between the two defenders.
In the 39th minute, a defender blocked the shot taken by Benzema by entering the D-box. Two minutes later Paul Pogbar’s shot from outside the D-box into the teammate’s head pass went just outside the post.
The gap could have been doubled in the 52nd minute. Adrien Rabio’s powerful shot from outside the D-box was blocked by the goalkeeper. Griezmann scored his second goal in the next minute with another great finish.
Leo Dubayan increased Benzema’s pass to the D-box. Griezmann evaded the goalkeeper who came forward from a difficult angle a little ahead at the tip of the foot.
Griezmann has scored 41 goals in 98 appearances for the national team. He is now joint third with Michel Platini on the list of France’s top scorers.
France created two more good chances in the next seven minutes. Martial couldn’t get his foot in the six-yard box with a great low cross from Luca Ernandez from the left. After a while, Griezmann flew out of the D-box.
Griezmann got another chance in the 80th minute. His acrobatic shot at Benzema’s cross was not on target. Seven minutes later Benzema’s free-kick from in front of the D-box was blocked by the defense. In the end, the goalkeeper blocked the efforts of the Real Madrid star with great efficiency.
France is at the top with 12 wins and 3 wins in 6 matches. With 5 points, Ukraine is three and Finland is four. Bosnia and Kazakhstan in the next two places equal 3 points.
In another match, the Netherlands are at the top of Group G with 13 points after Barcelona beat Memphis Depaye’s hat-trick 6-1.
Norway’s points are similar to those of the Dutch, who beat Gibraltar 5-1 in a hat-trick by young forward Arling Holland.