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France v Moldova Live Commentary, 15/11/19

2 - 1
R. Varane (35)
O. Giroud (79 pen)
V. Raţă (9)
Stade de France


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France's final group game is against Albania, and a win there would cement their status as group winners. Meanwhile, Moldova, who remain bottom of the table with just one win, host Iceland in their last qualifying game.
There goes the final whistle! Moldova took an early lead as Rata capitalised on Lenglet's error to fire past Mandanda, but Varane's header levelled things up 10 minutes before half-time. The visitors defended resolutely, but a rash challenge on Digne allowed the wasteful Giroud to grab the winner from the spot. It finishes 2-1 to France, who go top of Group H above Turkey.
90' + 3' France are just working the ball around now. The final whistle is imminent.
90' + 1' BLOCK! Digne thumps a stinging half-volley at goal that Armas stretches a foot out to block, but it catches him awkwardly and the defender is down in some pain.
90' Griezmann charges into the box down the right and, with men over, a third for France looks inevitable, but his cutback towards Mbappe is intercepted and cleared!
89' SAVE! Giroud looks certain to get his second as the ball falls kindly for him inside the box, but Koselev pulls off a magnificent stop from close range!
T. Lemar
K. Coman
88' That first change is now made, with Coman making way for Lemar out wide.
85' Bizarrely, with five minutes left to play, Deschamps has still not made a single substitution.
83' Coman fizzes a low ball into Mbappe as he runs into the box from the left, but a slight touch from a sliding defender takes the ball away from him and into the grateful grasp of Koselev!
A. Pătraş
V. Raţă
81' Rata, the goalscorer, now makes way for Patras in Moldova's final change as Engin Firat looks for a way back for his side.
81' WIDE! The ball is fired into Mbappe's feet from the left and the forward, with his back to goal, lays Griezmann off, only for the Barcelona man to steer his shot wide of the post.
O. Giroud
Penalty Goal
79' GOAL!! GIROUD MAKES IT 2-1! After missing so many chances, the striker is handed the chance to redeem himself from the spot and sends Koselev the wrong way, lashing to his left and in! France lead!
V. Posmac
Yellow Card
77' Posmac is shown a yellow card for his rash tackle and he may just have cost his side the game.
77' PENALTY! Digne cuts in from the left and dances past one challenge before Posmac slides in rashly and takes the left-back out! The referee immediately points to the spot!
76' A fantastic ball is pinged into Coman as he makes a run into the box from the right, but it's hacked well away as he chests it down. The winger had two men marking him there and had no time or space.
75' WIDE! Rata again gets a sight of goal as he barrels his way into the final third and goes for the bottom corner while slightly off-balance, but steers it just wide!
N. Milinceanu
R. Gînsari
74' A second Moldova change is made, with Ginsari coming off for Milinceanu in support of Rata up front.
L. Digne
Yellow Card
73' Digne lunges in rash and late on Graur and picks up a deserved booking. That's a frustrated tackle.
71' Mbappe thinks he's slipped Giroud into the box, but the pass is a fraction too heavy and Koselev gets there first! The Moldova goalkeeper has been solid tonight.
69' OVER! Griezmann is given space to line one up from outside the box and he duly obliges, but sends his effort over the bar. France are running out of ideas.
D. Graur
I. Jardan
68' Jardan comes off for Graur to freshen legs up at full-back. The end is in sight for Moldova and they're desperate to hang on.
67' Griezmann stands over a corner on the right and swings it in, but Koselev is there again to punch clear.
65' Moldova are doing an excellent job of pressing at the right time from their compact shape and forcing France backwards into areas where they can't create. The world champions look stumped.
63' France just can't seem to create a chance that isn't a cross into Giroud in the box and, given the striker's wastefulness this evening, that does not bode well as the clock ticks on.
61' OVER! Kante retrieves the ball on the right after trying to jink through and plays it back to Pavard, who curls in an exceptional ball that finds Giroud in the centre, but he fires wastefully over on the volley! He just can't seem to score!
59' WIDE! Pavard sends in another good cross from the right, but once again Giroud wastes the chance, firing wide at the near post. He's been very wasteful tonight.
58' Coman has switched to the right wing, while Mbappe has been given the freedom to drift into the centre and look for spaces.
56' BLOCK! WHAT A BLOCK! A right-wing cross looked to have been punched behind by Koselev, but Giroud manages to keep it in play and Mbappe arrives late into the box to smash home, but Jardan makes a spectacular, brave block to prevent a certain goal!
I. Jardan
Yellow Card
54' Jardan is booked for persistently fouling Coman, tugging on his shirt and holding him back as the winger danced his way past.
53' CHANCE! Giroud is played into the middle but he can't take the ball under control in the box and the opportunity goes begging! He'd have been one-on-one had he taken that in!
51' NO PENALTY! Mbappe drifts into a central area and jinks past one man before being challenged by another right on the edge of the box and going over. He and France are demanding a penalty but the initial contact was definitely outside the area and the referee waves play on in any case.
49' CHANCE! France build patiently around the edge of the box and Griezmann eventually releases the ball down the right for Pavard, who flashes a low ball across the face of goal, but nobody gambles on it in the middle!
47' OVER! Mbappe finds some space between full-back and wide centre-back as he receives the ball and turns, before cutting back onto his left and firing at goal, but he leans back and sends it over the bar.
46' We're back under way for the second half!
Moldova have proved themselves a stubborn defensive unit so far, with France struggling to create much outside of crosses into the box. Deschamps will expect far more from his side in the second period, and it may not be long before he introduces a more creative player from the bench to supply the forwards and pick apart Moldova's low block.
There goes the half-time whistle! Moldova took a shock lead inside 10 minutes as Lenglet made a hash of a long ball forward and allowed Rata to steal in and find the net, before Varane equalised under controversial circumstance, with Giroud putting the keeper off in the box. It's 1-1 at the break.
45' Giroud is not pleased as the linesman flags for offside after Pavard plays him in behind on the right, with replays showing the Chelsea striker was clearly on.
44' France are still probing, but they don't seem in any great rush to take the lead before the break. Moldova are still sitting deep and keeping the hosts at arm's length as they try to see out the first period.
42' France are playing with more of a swagger now and Moldova have to focus and try to hold what they have until half-time.
40' CHANCE! Mbappe races through down the right but just can't slow down in time as Koselev comes out to pressure him and he ends up running the ball out of play.
39' BLOCK! Tolisso has a pop at goal from outside the box but it's blocked by Moldova defender. France have their tails up now.
A. Crăciun
Yellow Card
38' Craciun now picks up a yellow card after a poor challenge on Mbappe.
R. Varane
35' GOAL!! FRANCE ARE LEVEL! Varane nods in after Koselev spills under pressure from Giroud to make it 1-1, but the Moldova players are furious! Replays show that Giroud stuck his arm up to handle the ball but retracted it at the last second, which put the goalkeeper off! However, the goal stands and we're level again!
V. Raţă
Yellow Card
34' Rata prevents Tolisso from taking a quick free-kick and is awarded a yellow card after Pavard squares up to him.
33' SAVE! Mbappe swipes at the ball and sends a low drive towards the bottom-left corner, but Koselev is down sharply to make a comfortable save.
32' Mbappe is played in sharply on the right and has a little space to stretch his legs, before cutting inside the defender and into the box. However, his second touch is a little heavy and a defender gets there first to clear.
30' MISS! It's another miss from Giroud! Digne swings in a wonderful cross from deep on the left that Giroud dives to head at goal, but he somehow steers his effort past the post with the goalkeeper beaten! He had to score there!
28' France aren't winning enough duels and are labouring against a resilient Moldovan defence. Their shape is compact and organised and the hosts are just lacking the creativity needed to carve them open at present.
26' CHANCE! Mbappe skips beyond his man with ease on the right and smashes the ball low towards Giroud at the near post, but Koselev sticks out a boot to nick it away from the striker's path and it's then hacked clear!
25' The hosts try to switch things up as Tolisso pings a long ball forward from deep towards Coman on the left, but it's a little too heavy and Coman had two for company in any case.
23' Moldova are back in their shape now and France seem to be struggling to create anything at the moment, working the ball aimslessly from side to side with no real purpose.
21' Moldova have managed to work their way out of their low block over the last few minutes and get their foot on the ball to provide a brief respite. France look like they need a goal to settle themselves.
19' Pavard whips a dangerous cross towards Griezmann in the box, but Koselev comes off his line to good effect once again and claims the ball assertively in the air.
17' Mbappe tries to volley a cross at goal from the right, but doesn't catch it cleanly and sends the ball spinning over the top of the near post from a tight angle.
16' Giroud tries to flick the ball on but it's half-cleared to Pavard again, this time just inside the box. However, his volley ends up going out for a throw-in and is nowhere near the target.
14' France seem to be favouring their left side as they try to unpick Moldova's low block, with the majority of their attacks coming down that side so far.
12' MISS! What a miss from Giroud! Digne works a low cross from the left that finds Giroud at the near post, but the striker can only fire wide from close range!
10' PAVARD! A cross from the left evades the men in the middle but comes out to Pavard on the edge of the box on the right. He takes a touch before striking a venomous effort towards the bottom-left corner, but it's just wide of the post!
V. Raţă
9' GOAL!!! MOLDOVA TAKE THE LEAD! Lenglet makes an absolue mess of a headed clearance, sending it up into the air twice before failing to shield it and allowing Rata to squeeze a shot past Mandanda and into the net! It's 1-0 to Moldova!
6' CHANCE! Giroud blocks a clearance and the ball ricochets in behind for Mbappe to chase. He strikes low at goal from a tight angle on the left, and Koselev covers his angles and makes the stop comfortably. That's the first sight of goal for France tonight.
5' Coman works a yard with quick feet on the left and the ball is lofted in towards Giroud in the middle, but Koselev comes flying out to punch clear.
3' France have started well, with slick movement and interchanges pinning Moldova very deep into their own half. That's likely to be the pattern of the night.
1' We're off at the Stade de France!
Didier Deschamps makes four changes from the side that started in the 1-1 draw with Turkey last time out, with Lucas Hernandez, Blaise Matuidi, Sissoko and Ben Yedder all dropping out. In their places are Digne, Kante, Mbappe and Giroud.
Moldova substitutes: Dinu Graur, Vitalie Damascan, Arthur Patras, Nicolae Milinceanu, Andrei Cojocari, Evgheni Oancea, Denis Rusu, Alexandr Belousov, Nicolai Cebotari, Maxim Focsa
Moldova (5-3-2): Alexei Koselev; Ion Jardan, Artur Craciun, Veaceslav Posmac, Igor Armas, Sergiu Platica; Catalin Carp, Eugeniu Cociuc, Artur Ionita; Radu Ginsari, Vadim Rata
France substitutes: Mike Maignan, Tanguy Ndombele, Moussa Sissoko, Leo Dubois, Alphonse Areola, Kurt Zouma, Matteo Guendouzi, Thomas Lemar, Benjamin Mendy, Nabil Fekir, Presnel Kimpembe, Wissam Ben Yedder
France XI (4-2-3-1): Steve Mandanda; Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Clement Lenglet, Lucas Digne; N'Golo Kante, Corentin Tolisso; Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Kingsley Coman; Olivier Giroud
France's place at Euro 2020 is already secured, but the reigning world champions will be looking to pick up all three points as they hope to leapfrog Turkey at the top of Group H.
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