European Championship Qualifying - Group H
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Albania 0-2 France: Tolisso and Griezmann ensure world champions top group

Antoine Griezmann
Antoine Griezmann scored his third goal of Euro 2020 qualifying

World champions France completed their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a comfortable victory over Albania to ensure they finish as Group H winners.

France required a win to confirm top spot ahead of runners-up Turkey and remain in contention to be one of the top seeds at next summer's tournament.

Corentin Tolisso headed in Antoine Griezmann's free-kick for his first international goal after eight minutes.

Griezmann then converted Leo Dubois' cut-back midway through the first half.

Chelsea's Olivier Giroud struck the post with a curling attempt from the edge of the area as the visitors sought to extend their advantage after the interval at Albania's new national stadium.

Victory sees France finish two points ahead of Turkey with eight wins from 10 matches - their single draw and defeat both coming against the runners-up.

France's place as a top seed at Euro 2020 is not yet confirmed, and one of Germany, Spain or France will miss out in that regard.

Six of the 10 qualifying group winners who earn the most points will be top seeds for next summer's tournament, with results against sixth-placed teams excluded in the larger groups and goal difference used if teams are level on points.

Spain host Romania in their final qualification match on Monday (19:45 GMT), while Germany face Northern Ireland on Tuesday (19:45 GMT).

Line-ups

Albania

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Berisha
  • 4HysajBooked at 20minsSubstituted forTrashiat 82'minutes
  • 5Veseli
  • 17Dermaku
  • 6Djimsiti
  • 3LenjaniSubstituted forRoshiat 45'minutes
  • 7Bare
  • 8Gjasula
  • 15QoseSubstituted forMemushajat 45'minutes
  • 19Balaj
  • 10Manaj

Substitutes

  • 2Memolla
  • 9Memushaj
  • 11Sulejmanov
  • 12Hoxha
  • 13Mihaj
  • 14Uzuni
  • 16Ndoj
  • 18Ismajli
  • 20Ramadani
  • 21Roshi
  • 22Trashi
  • 23Strakosha

France

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 16Mandanda
  • 4Varane
  • 5LengletBooked at 26mins
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 21DuboisSubstituted forPavardat 88'minutes
  • 17Sissoko
  • 12Tolisso
  • 22MendySubstituted forDigneat 75'minutes
  • 7Griezmann
  • 9Giroud
  • 20Ben YedderSubstituted forFekirat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Areola
  • 2Pavard
  • 6Ndombele
  • 8Lemar
  • 10Mbappé
  • 13Kanté
  • 14Guendouzi
  • 15Zouma
  • 18Fekir
  • 19Digne
  • 23Maignan
Referee:
Slavko Vincic
Attendance:
19,228

Match Stats

Home TeamAlbaniaAway TeamFrance
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home0
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Albania 0, France 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Albania 0, France 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Rey Manaj (Albania).

  5. Post update

    Presnel Kimpembe (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Bekim Balaj (Albania).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, France. Benjamin Pavard replaces Léo Dubois.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Keidi Bare (Albania) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Odise Roshi with a headed pass.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, France. Nabil Fekir replaces Wissam Ben Yedder.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Olivier Giroud (France).

  11. Post update

    Berat Djimsiti (Albania) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Keidi Bare (Albania).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Albania. Lorenc Trashi replaces Elseid Hysaj.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Elseid Hysaj (Albania) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ledian Memushaj (Albania) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Presnel Kimpembe (France).

  18. Post update

    Bekim Balaj (Albania) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, France. Lucas Digne replaces Benjamin Mendy.

  20. Post update

    Offside, France. Presnel Kimpembe tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England87013763121
2Czech Rep85031311215
3Kosovo83231316-311
4Bulgaria8134617-116
5Montenegro8035322-193

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ukraine86201741320
2Portugal85212261617
3Serbia84221717014
4Luxembourg8116716-94
5Lithuania8017525-201

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany76012461818
2Netherlands75111971216
3Northern Ireland741287113
4Belarus8116416-124
5Estonia7016221-191

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark74302251715
2Switzerland7421135814
3R. of Ireland733164212
4Georgia8224711-48
5Gibraltar7007225-230

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia85211771017
2Hungary740389-112
3Wales732286211
4Slovakia73131111010
5Azerbaijan7016516-111

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain97202652123
2Sweden95312091118
3Romania94231710714
4Norway93511710714
5Faroe Islands9108427-233
6Malta9108225-233

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland97111531222
2Austria96121981119
3Slovenia9423148614
4North Macedonia93241113-211
5Israel93241617-111
6Latvia9009228-260

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France108112561925
2Turkey107211831523
3Iceland106131411319
4Albania104151614213
5Andorra10118320-174
6Moldova10109426-223

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium99003423227
2Russia97022882021
3Scotland94051318-512
4Cyprus93151414010
5Kazakhstan93151214-210
6San Marino9009146-450

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy99002832527
2Finland9603158718
3Greece93241013-311
4Armenia93151316-310
5Bos-Herze93151717010
6Liechtenstein9027228-262
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