European Championship Qualifying - Group H
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France 4-1 Albania: France win after Albania national anthem mix-up

Olivier Giroud
Chelsea's Olivier Giroud has scored three goals in five Euro 2020 qualifiers for France

France eased to victory over Albania but their Euro 2020 qualifier was delayed as organisers played Andorra's national anthem for the visitors.

Albania's players looked confused as the anthem for Andorra - France's next opponents in Paris on Tuesday - was played inside Stade de France.

The travelling fans responded with boos and whistles as the incorrect anthem was played to its conclusion.

The stadium announcer compounded the error by apologising "to Armenia".

The Albania coaching staff consulted referee Jesus Gil Manzano before the right anthem was played and kick-off eventually took place 10 minutes later than scheduled.

Coman at the double in comfortable win

Kingsley Coman scored twice for world champions France, who return to the top of qualifying Group H following Iceland's earlier 3-0 victory over Moldova.

Bayern Munich's Coman raced on to Raphael Varane's defence-splitting pass as the hosts led after eight minutes, and Chelsea's Olivier Giroud added a second from Lucas Hernandez' low cross with 27 minutes played.

Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann saw his penalty rebound off the crossbar 10 minutes before the interval, but Coman pounced on a loose ball to double his tally and put the result beyond any doubt midway through the second half.

Lille's Jonathan Ikone emerged from the bench to score on his France debut with five minutes remaining.

Albania were able to grab a late consolation as Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris brought down Taulant Xhaka in the 90th minute with substitute Sokol Cikalleshi making no mistake from the spot.

France, without the injured Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba, Ousmane Dembele and Aymeric Laporte, sit top of the group on goal difference - tied on 12 points with Turkey and Iceland after five matches.

Line-ups

France

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Pavard
  • 4Varane
  • 19Lenglet
  • 21HernándezSubstituted forDigneat 80'minutes
  • 11ComanSubstituted forIkonéat 77'minutes
  • 12Tolisso
  • 14Matuidi
  • 8LemarSubstituted forFekirat 84'minutes
  • 7Griezmann
  • 9Giroud

Substitutes

  • 3Digne
  • 5Umtiti
  • 6Guendouzi
  • 10Ben Yedder
  • 13Dubois
  • 15Nzonzi
  • 16Areola
  • 17Sissoko
  • 18Fekir
  • 20Zouma
  • 22Ikoné
  • 23Maignan

Albania

  • 23Strakosha
  • 4Hysaj
  • 18Ismajli
  • 15Mavraj
  • 6Djimsiti
  • 21Roshi
  • 7Bare
  • 2RamadaniSubstituted forGjasulaat 53'minutesBooked at 66mins
  • 22AbrashiSubstituted forXhakaat 73'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 11Uzuni
  • 19BalajSubstituted forCikalleshiat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Berisha
  • 3Lenjani
  • 5Veseli
  • 8Qose
  • 9Gjasula
  • 10Manaj
  • 12Hoxha
  • 13Binaku
  • 14Xhaka
  • 16Cikalleshi
  • 17Dermaku
  • 20Kumbulla
Referee:
Jesús Gil Manzano
Attendance:
77,655

Match Stats

Home TeamFranceAway TeamAlbania
Possession
Home72%
Away28%
Shots
Home13
Away3
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home15
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, France 4, Albania 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, France 4, Albania 1.

Hand ball by Corentin Tolisso (France).

Attempt missed. Odise Roshi (Albania) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sokol Cikalleshi.

Goal!

Goal! France 4, Albania 1. Sokol Cikalleshi (Albania) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Hugo Lloris (France) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Albania. Sokol Cikalleshi draws a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Nabil Fekir (France).

Ardian Ismajli (Albania) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! France 4, Albania 0. Jonathan Ikoné (France) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nabil Fekir.

Substitution

Substitution, France. Nabil Fekir replaces Thomas Lemar.

Offside, Albania. Sokol Cikalleshi tries a through ball, but Odise Roshi is caught offside.

Corner, France. Conceded by Mergim Mavraj.

Substitution

Substitution, France. Lucas Digne replaces Lucas Hernández because of an injury.

Booking

Taulant Xhaka (Albania) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Benjamin Pavard (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Taulant Xhaka (Albania).

Substitution

Substitution, France. Jonathan Ikoné replaces Kingsley Coman.

Foul by Kingsley Coman (France).

Elseid Hysaj (Albania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Albania. Keidi Bare tries a through ball, but Sokol Cikalleshi is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Albania. Taulant Xhaka replaces Amir Abrashi.

Offside, Albania. Keidi Bare tries a through ball, but Berat Djimsiti is caught offside.

Foul by Antoine Griezmann (France).

Myrto Uzuni (Albania) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Thomas Lemar (France).

Elseid Hysaj (Albania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! France 3, Albania 0. Kingsley Coman (France) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann.

Booking

Klaus Gjasula (Albania) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Blaise Matuidi (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Klaus Gjasula (Albania).

Corentin Tolisso (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Amir Abrashi (Albania).

Substitution

Substitution, Albania. Sokol Cikalleshi replaces Bekim Balaj.

Foul by Benjamin Pavard (France).

Myrto Uzuni (Albania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Benjamin Pavard (France).

Myrto Uzuni (Albania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Thomas Lemar (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Klaus Gjasula (Albania).

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England3300141139
2Kosovo42207528
3Czech Rep420268-26
4Montenegro4022310-72
5Bulgaria5023511-62

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ukraine54101111013
2Portugal31205325
3Luxembourg411245-14
4Serbia4112711-44
5Lithuania4013310-71

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northern Ireland440072512
2Germany430115699
3Netherlands320110556
4Belarus5104310-73
5Estonia4004214-120

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1R. of Ireland532062411
2Denmark4220155108
3Switzerland31206425
4Georgia410348-43
5Gibraltar4004012-120

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hungary43016429
2Croatia43019459
3Wales42024406
4Slovakia42027616
5Azerbaijan4004412-80

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain55001331015
2Sweden5311127510
3Norway522110738
4Romania521212757
5Malta5104212-103
6Faroe Islands5005316-130

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland540182612
2Austria530213679
3Slovenia52219368
4Israel52219818
5North Macedonia512268-25
6Latvia5005119-180

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France54011641212
2Turkey5401102812
3Iceland540185312
4Albania520367-16
5Moldova5104213-113
6Andorra5005011-110

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium55001511415
2Russia54011741312
3Kazakhstan52128807
4Scotland520359-46
5Cyprus51137614
6San Marino5005024-240

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy55001621415
2Finland540172512
3Bos-Herze521210737
4Armenia520389-16
5Greece511369-34
6Liechtenstein5005018-180
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