France 4 Sweden 2 – Giroud strikes twice as France relegates Sweden

Olivier Giroud

UEFA Nations League Group A3 report – France vs. Sweden – Tuesday, 17 November 2020 – Matchday 6 of 6

France 4 Sweden 2 – Stade de France, Saint-Denis

Olivier Giroud struck twice as world champions France beat Sweden 4-2 in a Group A3 encounter at Stade de France, Saint-Denis on Tuesday night. But the Group A3 table toppers were stunned when a deflected Viktor Claesson shot put the visitors in front with barely 4 minutes of the game gone.

Giroud levelled for Les Bleus a little later in the 16th minute when he found the back of the net with a low shot from a Marcus Thuram cutback.

The 36th minute saw Thuram draw the Swedish defense out with a dazzling run into the box and essay a ball for Benjamin Pavard to finish with a low volley to make it 2-1 for the hosts.

Giroud got his second of the evening and the third for the French in the 59th minute with a powerful diving header from Kylian Mbappe’s precise cross thus putting the match beyond the reach of the visitors.

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Robin Quaison pulled one back for the Swedes in the 88th minute but it was a bit too late. The Swedes looking for a dramatic equalizer pushed everyone up including goalkeeper Robin Olsen for a set-piece deep into stoppage-time.

But the hosts were able to clear and Kingsley Coman was able to break free and score into an empty net at the other end to make it 4-2 in the 95th minute.

Didier Deschamps’s France, who had already qualified for the Final Four, topped Group A3 with 16 points from six games while Sweden finishing at the bottom on 3 points and behind Croatia on goal difference, find themselves relegated.

France line-up:

Lloris (goal); Pavard, Varane (Zouma 46), Kimpembe, Hernández (Digne 46); Sissoko, Pogba, Rabiot (Nzonzi 78), Thuram (Mbappé 57); Giroud (Coman 84), Griezmann

Sweden line-up:

Olsen (goal); Lustig (Krafth 67), Lindelöf (Helander 66), Danielson, Bengtsson; S. Larsson (Cajuste 87), Olsson, Claesson (Quaison 66), Forsberg; Kulusevski, Berg (Isak 86)

MATCHDAY 6 OF 6 Results

Tuesday 17 November 2020

A3 Croatia 2-3 Portugal
A3 France 4-2 Sweden
A4 Spain 6-0 Germany
A4 Switzerland vs Ukraine
C1 Luxembourg 0-0 Azerbaijan
C1 Montenegro 4-0 Cyprus
D1 Andorra 0-5 Latvia
D1 Malta 1-1 Faroe Islands
D2 Gibraltar 1-1 Liechtenstein

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