UEFA Nations League - Group A3
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France 4-2 Sweden: Olivier Giroud scores twice as Sweden are relegated

Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud is now only seven goals behind France's all-time leading scorer Thierry Henry

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud moved closer to Thierry Henry's goal-scoring record as France survived a late rally to relegate Sweden.

Giroud netted in each half to move to 44 goals, seven behind the Arsenal legend's mark.

A deflected Viktor Claesson shot put Sweden ahead but Giroud's double and a goal from full-back Benjamin Pavard turned things around.

Robin Quaison's goal gave Sweden some hope but Kingsley Coman sealed the win.

Sweden will now drop into League B.

World champions France had already qualified for one of the four Nations League finals berths next year but went behind when Claesson's long-range strike went in off Raphael Varane.

Giroud soon equalised, turning in a cross from Marcus Thuram, the son of 1998 World Cup-winner Lilian.

Thuram, who was making his first competitive start, then weaved into the area and found Bayern Munich right-back Pavard, who fired in.

Giroud added a third after the break from Kylian Mbappe's cross, the Paris St-Germain striker getting an assist 70 seconds after coming on.

Quaison set up an exciting finale when he tapped in but as Sweden pushed everyone - including Everton goalkeeper Robin Olsen - up for a set-piece deep into stoppage-time, France were able to clear and leave Coman to score into an empty net.

Line-ups

France

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Pavard
  • 4VaraneSubstituted forZoumaat 45'minutes
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 21HernándezSubstituted forDigneat 45'minutes
  • 17Sissoko
  • 6Pogba
  • 14RabiotSubstituted forNzonziat 78'minutes
  • 22ThuramSubstituted forMbappéat 58'minutes
  • 7Griezmann
  • 9GiroudSubstituted forComanat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Lenglet
  • 8Aguilar
  • 10Mbappé
  • 11Coman
  • 13Zouma
  • 15Nzonzi
  • 16Mandanda
  • 18Martial
  • 19Digne
  • 20Dubois
  • 23Maignan

Sweden

  • 1Olsen
  • 2LustigSubstituted forKrafthat 66'minutes
  • 3LindelöfSubstituted forHelanderat 66'minutes
  • 4Danielson
  • 5Bengtsson
  • 17ClaessonSubstituted forQuaisonat 66'minutes
  • 20OlssonBooked at 28mins
  • 7LarssonBooked at 90minsSubstituted forCajusteat 87'minutes
  • 10Forsberg
  • 9BergSubstituted forIsakat 86'minutes
  • 15Kulusevski

Substitutes

  • 6Olsson
  • 8Larsson
  • 11Isak
  • 12Johnsson
  • 13Svensson
  • 14Helander
  • 16Krafth
  • 18Cajuste
  • 19Svanberg
  • 21Sema
  • 22Quaison
  • 23Nordfeldt
Referee:
Aleksey Kulbakov

Match Stats

Home TeamFranceAway TeamSweden
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

  1. Booking

    Sebastian Larsson (Sweden) is shown the yellow card.

  2. Post update

    Match ends, France 4, Sweden 2.

  3. Full Time

    Second Half ends, France 4, Sweden 2.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! France 4, Sweden 2. Kingsley Coman (France) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucas Digne following a fast break.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Kingsley Coman (France).

  6. Post update

    Jens Cajuste (Sweden) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Emil Forsberg (Sweden).

  9. Post update

    Steven Nzonzi (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Filip Helander (Sweden).

  11. Post update

    Offside, France. Hugo Lloris tries a through ball, but Kylian Mbappé is caught offside.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! France 3, Sweden 2. Robin Quaison (Sweden) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pierre Bengtsson.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Robin Quaison (Sweden) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Emil Forsberg with a cross.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Sweden. Jens Cajuste replaces Sebastian Larsson.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (France) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann with a cross following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, France. Conceded by Sebastian Larsson.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Sweden. Alexander Isak replaces Marcus Berg.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, France. Kingsley Coman replaces Olivier Giroud.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Digne (France).

  20. Post update

    Dejan Kulusevski (Sweden) wins a free kick on the right wing.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy52305239
2Netherlands52215328
3Poland52125417
4Bos-Herze502339-62

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium5401124812
2Denmark531163310
3England521234-17
4Iceland5005313-100

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France6510125716
2Portugal6411124813
3Croatia6105916-73
4Sweden6105513-83

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain63211331011
2Germany62311013-39
3Ukraine5203510-56
4Switzerland503268-23

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Austria540185312
2Norway430111389
3Romania411248-44
4Northern Ireland5014310-71

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scotland531153210
2Czech Rep53027529
3Israel512267-15
4Slovakia511358-34

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Russia52219728
2Hungary52215418
3Turkey51316606
4Serbia503247-33

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wales541040413
2Finland540162412
3R. of Ireland502314-32
4Bulgaria501427-51

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Montenegro6411102813
2Luxembourg631275210
3Azerbaijan613224-26
4Cyprus6114210-84

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1North Macedonia52309729
2Armenia52218628
3Georgia51316606
4Estonia502359-42

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Slovenia541081713
2Greece532061511
3Kosovo502336-32
4Moldova5014110-91

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belarus531185310
2Albania52215238
3Lithuania512236-35
4Kazakhstan511347-34

M

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Faroe Islands633095412
2Malta62318629
3Latvia61418447
4Andorra6024111-102

N

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Gibraltar42203128
2Liechtenstein41213215
3San Marino402203-32
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