France vs Albania: Giroud, Coman score as Les Bleus record 4-1 win –

France vs Albania: Giroud, Coman score as Les Bleus record 4-1 win –


Akan Anwankwo

– France vs Albania produced five goals as Les Bleus went home with a comfortable 4-1 win

– Kingsley Coman netted a brace as Olivier Giroud added another with France looking to keep a clean sheet

– But a late penalty from Sokol Cikalleshi gave the Albanians a consolation as France topped Group H

France vs Albania ended in favour of Didier Deschamps side as they recorded a comfortable 4-1 victory to go top of Group H.

Kingsley Coman scored a brace as Olivier Giroud and Jonathan Ikone were also on target for France, but Sokol Cikalleshi got a consolation for Albania from the spot late in the game.

Inside eight minutes, Raphael Varane put in a through ball to Kingsley Coman who showed tremendous strength to hold off a defender before hitting his shot hard and low to give France a 1-0 lead.

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Giroud scored Les Bleus second Antoine Griezmann’s flicked a pass from Varane to Lucas Hernandez and the Bayern Munich defender delivered a perfect-inch cross to the Chelsea striker who made it 2-0 in the 27th minute.

Griezmann missed the chance to make it 3-0 from a spot-kick penalty after Mergim Mavraj tripped Hernandez in the box.

The Barcelona forward’s shot came against the cross-bar in the 37th minute, which made it his first miss in eight attempts.

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France continued from where they stopped in the 68th minute as a lovely low cross from Griezmann found the Coman who finished in style to make it 3-0.

Ikone completed the scoring on his international debut after playing a neat one-two with Nabil Fekhir to make it 4-1.

Albania got a consolation after Hugo Lloris tripped Cikalleshi inside the box and the 29-year-old converted the spot-kick himself as it ended 4-1.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that England vs Bulgaria ended 4-0 in favour of the Three Lions in a Euro 2020 Group A clash played at the Wembley Stadium.

Captain Harry Kane scored a hat-trick and Raheem Sterling also registered his name on the scoresheet to give Gareth Southgate’s side a comfortable win.

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