International Friendlies

France 3-0 Scotland

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland in Metz
Olivier Giroud scores for France against Scotland
Giroud (far right) netted his 16th international goal before adding a second

France rounded off their Euro 2016 preparations with a classy and comprehensive victory over Scotland.

Didier Deschamps' side ran amok to underline their pre-tournament billing as favourites.

Olivier Giroud answered some of his critics with the opening two goals and his Arsenal team-mate Laurent Koscielny headed a third before the break.

Substitutions mercifully broke up the second-half rhythm, allowing the Scots to escape with their dignity intact.

Can France win Euro 2016?

Laurent Koscielny scores for France against Scotland
Koscielny (second from right) rose unchallenged to net France's third

The reality is that this performance and result are no indication in helping to answer that question, but the tournament hosts certainly appear to have the quality to do so.

Their midfield options are mouth-watering - the trio of N'Golo Kante, Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi look masterful, oozing power and athleticism.

Giroud has been booed by French supporters and criticised by local media in the build-up to the Euros, but a crafty back-heel and an alert close-range rebound earned him a standing ovation from the Metz public.

Kingsley Coman, Dimitri Payet, Antoine Griezmann and Anthony Martial were also given game time as Deschamps examined his options before Friday's competitive bow against Romania in Paris.

Questions have been asked about the strength of their defence, but Scotland offered no test of that.

Sorry Scots

Gordon Strachan and Stuart McCall
The Scotland dugout endured another frustrating night

Gordon Strachan lamented his side's inability to pass and control the ball in Sunday's 1-0 defeat by Italy and there was little to be pleased about on this occasion either.

They were afforded more possession than against the Italians, but rarely used it purposefully and once again failed to muster a shot on target.

Goalkeeper David Marshall, as he did six days ago, kept the damage to a minimum with a host of splendid saves and will be difficult to displace when the World Cup qualifiers begin in September.

Another small crumb of comfort for the Scotland coach will be an assured display from young Swansea full-back Stephen Kingsley when he came on in the second half, with Rangers winger Barrie McKay also making his senior international debut from the bench.

Man of the match

Pogba ran the show in imperious fashion and twice came within inches of adding a fourth goal, first striking the post with a fierce free-kick before curling another on to the roof of the net.



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Lloris
  • 19Sagna
  • 4Rami
  • 21Koscielny
  • 3EvraSubstituted forDigneat 83'minutes
  • 15Pogba
  • 5KantéSubstituted forSissokoat 88'minutes
  • 14MatuidiSubstituted forCabayeat 69'minutes
  • 20ComanSubstituted forGriezmannat 45'minutes
  • 9GiroudSubstituted forGignacat 63'minutes
  • 8PayetSubstituted forMartialat 45'minutes


  • 2Jallet
  • 6Cabaye
  • 7Griezmann
  • 10Gignac
  • 11Martial
  • 12Schneiderlin
  • 13Mangala
  • 16Mandanda
  • 17Digne
  • 18Sissoko
  • 22Umtiti
  • 23Costil


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Martin
  • 4Greer
  • 5Hanley
  • 3RobertsonSubstituted forMulgrewat 45'minutes
  • 6McArthurSubstituted forMcKayat 84'minutes
  • 7Fletcher
  • 10SnodgrassSubstituted forKingsleyat 66'minutes
  • 8MaloneySubstituted forAnyaat 45'minutes
  • 11Ritchie
  • 9FletcherSubstituted forNaismithat 58'minutes


  • 12Fox
  • 13Anya
  • 14Naismith
  • 15McCormack
  • 16Mulgrew
  • 17Phillips
  • 18Bryson
  • 19Burke
  • 20McKay
  • 21Hamilton
  • 22Paterson
  • 23Kingsley
  • 24McGinn
Sébastien Delferière

Match Stats

Home TeamFranceAway TeamScotland
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, France 3, Scotland 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, France 3, Scotland 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Antoine Griezmann (France) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Bacary Sagna with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Corner, France. Conceded by Ikechi Anya.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, France. Moussa Sissoko replaces N'Golo Kanté.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steven Naismith (Scotland) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Barrie McKay.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Antoine Griezmann (France).

  8. Post update

    Ikechi Anya (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Scotland. Barrie McKay replaces James McArthur.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, France. Lucas Digne replaces Patrice Evra.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yohan Cabaye (France) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Paul Pogba.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (France) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  13. Post update

    Antoine Griezmann (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Scotland).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Antoine Griezmann (France).

  16. Post update

    Stephen Kingsley (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Hugo Lloris (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Steven Naismith (Scotland).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Scotland. Conceded by Patrice Evra.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yohan Cabaye (France) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Martial.

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