France Score Late Goals To Seal Quarter Finals Spot

Two late goals from Antoinne Griezmann and Dimitri Payet propelled France to a hard fought 2-0 win over Albania last night.

The big news before kick-off was the axing of Paul Pogba and Griezmann by Deschamps.The pair were replaced by Anthony Martial and Kingsley Coman as France looked to exploit the space out wide.But it proved to be in vain as they toiled in a frustrating first half where they created very little.

France celebrating Griezmann's goal
France celebrating Griezmann’s goal
Deschamps threw on Pogba at the break in the hope he would make the difference.The midfielder’s introduction lifted the mood and France twice went close as Coman and Payet saw efforts graze the post.But Albania were threatening to catch the hosts out and they nearly took the lead when Ledian Memushaj’s bundled effort struck the post.ALSO READ: Slovakia Bounce Back To Defeat Russia

France continued to pile on the pressure as another fine ball in, this time by Coman, was headed wide by Giroud.Moments later the striker went close again, hitting the post.And it was Griezmann who broke the deadlock.The substitute rose to head home Adil Rami’s cross after a frustrating night of missed chances for the hosts.Dimitri Payet added a second in the sixth minute of stoppage time with a right-foot shot, virtually the last kick of the game.

And after Payet’s late winner in the first game against Romania, it gave France a 100 per cent record at the top of Group A, booking their place in the round of 16.

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