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Iceland v France Live Commentary, 12/10/19

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0 - 1
ISL
FRA
O. Giroud (66 pen)
Laugardalsvöllur

Commentary

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Turkey snatched a late win over Albania tonight, so they stay level on points with France at the top of Group H, with those two teams facing eachother on Tuesday. Meanwhile Iceland are now six points behind those two teams, on 12 points. They face Andorra on Tuesday.
France clinch all three points with a 1-0 victory over Iceland, after a second half penalty from Giroud. The visitors dominated the game and had the better chances, but couldn't find the breakthrough, until Griezmann was fouled in the box by Skulason and Giroud converted the spot-kick. Matuidi struck the post late on and Ben Yedder also went close right at the end, but the one goal did it for the world champions tonight. Iceland were unable to test Mandanda in the France goal, as they struggled to keep the ball for long periods.
90' + 6' FULL-TIME: ICELAND 0-1 FRANCE
90' + 4' France are trying to take the pace out of the game, just slow it down and prevent any late Iceland chances. The visitors aren't really trying to double their lead late on.
90' + 2' The home fans are urging their team forward in these final few minutes of the game. However, France are defending well and they look good value for the win.
90' There will be a minimum of SIX minutes added time played at the end of the second half.
J. Ikoné
K. Coman
France
88' Another France substitution now, with Coman replaced by Ikone.
C. Tolisso
Yellow Card
France
87' Tolisso is booked after he blocks Bjarnason, after the midfielder skips past his opponent and tries to break into the final third. Clear free-kick and booking.
86' Stoppage in play here as Digne is down with an injury, he is receiving some medical treatment on the pitch, but he should be fine to continue.
85' Good counter! France break quickly from an Iceland corner, with Tolisso racing forward and he should lay the ball off to Coman down the right, but he opts to shoot at goal himself and gets it all wrong, as it flies well wide of the goal,
83' France are having to do more defending now and they don't look particularly comfortable at the back, can Iceland nick something late on?
81' SAVE! Halldorsson with a great save to deny Ben Yedder, after the striker was played through on goal by Griezmann, but the substitute is unable to beat the keeper from close range
A. Sigurðsson
A. Traustason
Iceland
81' Third and final Iceland substitution, with Traustason replacing Arnor Sigurdsson.
80' There is still plenty of time left on the clock for Iceland to get an equaliser, but they aren't pushing forward and going for it at the moment.
78' OFF THE POST! Matuidi with a great chance to put France 2-0 up! Coman dribbled down the left wing and gets all the way to the byline, dragging the ball back for Matuidi, who tries to find the bottom right-hand corner, but it strikes the woodwork and Iceland then manage to clear the danger. So unlucky.
W. Ben Yedder
O. Giroud
France
78' Here is the first France change, Giroud coming off and he is replaced by Ben Yedder.
77' France are continuing to keep the ball well in midfield and they are controlling the game at the moment. Iceland aren't showing much urgency to get back into the match.
75' France have scored at least three goals in 5 of their last six matches. There is still plenty of time left on the clock for them to score a couple more tonight.
A. Finnbogason
R. Sigurjónsson
Iceland
73' Iceland make their second substitution of the game, with Sigurjonsson coming off the pitch and he has been replaced by Finnbogason.
70' It's still goalless in the game between Turkey and Albania, but Andorra are beating Moldova 1-0 in the other Group H game.
B. Pavard
Yellow Card
France
68' Pavard is the latest player booked after his late challenge on Traustason, just inside the France half of the pitch.
68' Griezmann is now back on the pitch and the home fans are booing his every touch, feeling that he dived to win the penalty.
O. Giroud
Penalty Goal
France
66' GOOOAAALLL! Giroud converts from the penalty spot and France lead 1-0! Griezmann is off the pitch receiving medical treatment and therefore Giroud steps up to take the penalty and sends the keeper the wrong way, coolly slotting the ball into the bottom corner.
64' FRANCE PENALTY! Griezmann goes down in the box after Skulason sticks out a leg and kicks the striker in the thigh. The contact looked minimal and Griezmann goes down theatrically, but the replays show that there was contact. The referee points to the spot straight away and the visitors have the chance to go ahead from the spot.
R. Sigurjónsson
Yellow Card
Iceland
63' Sigurjonsson is booked after he drags Matuidi down to the ground, as the midfielder looked to push France forward on the counter.
62' There is still no signs of any France substitutions as we pass the hour mark here in Reykjavik. The pace has certainly picked up in the last few minutes.
60' Good strike! Gylfi Sigurdsson had Mandanda worried for a moment, as his effort flew towards goal, but it bent away at the last moment and goes just wide of the France goal.
58' Good effort! Griezmann with a decent strike from the edge of the penalty area, he works it into a good area and has some time and space on the ball. However, he just gets slightly too much on it and it flies narrowly wide of Halldorsson's goal.
56' Digne is probably lucky to get away with not receiving a yellow card, after he puts his arm in the face of Traustason as the pair battled for the ball.
54' CHANCE! Giroud with a good opportunity as he races into the penalty area, trying to get on the end of a Digne cross. However, Coman seems to get in his way and the striker doesn't make good contact with the ball and it flies well wide of the Iceland goal.
53' Still no chances in the second half for France, despite them once again seeing more of the ball. They look lively down the wings, with Coman doing well down the right, but his delivery so far has been poor.
51' Good move! Sigthorsson gets in behind the France defence and tries to fire the ball towards goal from a tight angle, but Lenglet gets across and makes a very good block. France win a free-kick from the resulting corner, as Varane is fouled by Arnason.
50' Ragnar Sigurdsson is penalised for a push on Griezmann deep down the right wing, but it seems to be a harsh decision, with very little contact by the Iceland defender. The set piece is taken short and comes to nothing.
48' France have scored 11 goals in their last three matches – one more than what Iceland have managed in their six games.
46' The second half is under way!
Both of the other two games in Group H are 0-0 at half-time as well. However, as France have continued to grow into the game, they will be confident of breaking the deadlock in the second period.
It's goalless at the break between Iceland and France in Group H, despite the visitors dominating the game, they haven't shown enough quality in the final third to break through a resolute Iceland defence. They improved as the half went on, with Griezmann and Coman both going close right at the end of the half, whilst Iceland have struggled to get on the ball and are yet to test Mandanda.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: ICELAND 0-0 FRANCE
45' There will be a minimum of two minutes added time played.
R. Sigurðsson
Yellow Card
Iceland
43' The referee allowed play to continue at the time, but he has now pulled Sigurdsson up for his late challenge and shows him a yellow card,
43' Sidenetting! France are getting closer and this time it's Coman with the opportunity. Ragnar Sigurdsson dives into a tackle on the edge of the box, but France keep the ball, with Griezmann laying it out wide to Coman, who drills his shot into the sidenetting.
42' CHANCE! Griezmann with a good opportunity in the box as Digne squares the ball to him, after a strong run down the left-wing. The striker fires the ball towards goal, but it's not close enough to the top right-hand corner and Halldorsson parries it, before collecting it on the second attempt, with Coman lurking nearby.
41' SAVE! Halldorsson is called into action for the first time today, as Pavard drills a shot towards goal and it takes a big deflection off Griezmann, diverting it towards the bottom left-hand corner. However, the Iceland keeper does well and makes a good stop.
39' There's just a few minutes left on the clock now until the end of the first half, can either side break the deadlock before the half-time whistle?
37' Another France corner, as Skulason blocks Coman's cross from close range. Griezmann is going to take the set pieces once again. Iceland put the set piece out of play for another corner, before Griezmann delivers another poor ball and they manage to fully clear the danger.
35' France haven't kept the ball well in the final third, with Giroud unable to hold the ball up for any team-mates and Coman and Griezmann haven't been involved much so far.
33' Iceland have their first corner of the game, can they create an opportunity from this? Bjarnason gets on the end of the set piece, but his header flies wide of the France goal.
31' The hosts are struggling to string more than a couple of passes together at the moment, with France dominating proceedings. However, the visitors haven't shown any quality in attack so far.
O. Giroud
Yellow Card
France
29' Giroud is shown the first yellow card of the game, his after protests against a handball decision. The Chelsea striker controlled a cross from Digne and then flicked it up into the body of an Iceland defender, claiming it struck the arm and appealed from a penalty. However, the referee gets the decision right, no penalty.
27' Over the bar! Poor effort from Griezmann, he gets it all wrong and it doesn't come close to threatening Halldorsson in the Iceland goal, flying high over the crossbar.
26' Free-kick to France in a very good shooting position, around 20 yards out after Gylfi Sigurdsson is penalised for handball, after blocking a cross. Harsh decision, but it does strike his arm. Griezmann is going to take it...
24' So far only England and Belgium have managed to score as many goals as France (19) in the qualifying stages.
22' Griezmann takes the resulting corner, but it's a terrible delivery from the Barcelona man, as he lofts it high and well over all of the players in the box and it flies straight out of play.
21' Coman does brilliantly to skip past Skulason down the right wing and he then has time and space to try and pick out a team-mate in the box, but his cross fails to beat the first defender.
20' Pavard goes down rather theatrically on the sideline after a challenge from Gylfi Sigurdsson, there didn't appear to be much contact from the Iceland skipper. Just a free-kick is awarded and France play it short, continuing to keep possession.
18' It looks like Iceland are trying to break forward on the counter when they do win the ball back, but so far they haven't had any luck. The pace of the game is quite slow at the moment.
J. Böðvarsson
J. Guðmunds­son
Iceland
16' Iceland have made the enforced substitution, with Gudmundsson coming off and he has been replaced by Bodvarsson.
14' Stoppage in play here as Gudmundsson is down with an injury, he fell awkwardly and it doesn't look good for the Burnley winger, he might be coming off.
12' Iceland are unbeaten in their last three international home games, having beaten Albania, Turkey and Moldova. There last home defeat came against Switzerland back in October 2018.
10' There is a terrific atmosphere here inside the stadium, with the home supporters pushing their team forward, as they have had to do a lot of defending so far.
8' No chances yet for either side, France are on top but the hosts aren't letting them get into their rhythm. They are keeping their shape well and making it very difficult for the world champions.
6' It's all France at the moment, they are keeping the ball well, but Iceland are pressing high and are forcing the visitors to be limited to just the middle of the pitch.
4' Early corner for France, which Griezmann whips into the box, but it's too low and Iceland clear the danger at the near post. France continue to keep the ball, but are unable to break down the hosts backline and it goes out of play.
2' There has been a late change to the France starting line-up, with Kante picking up an injury during the warm-up and he has been replaced in midfield by Sissoko.
1' We're under way!
The teams are out on the pitch and kick-off is just a few minutes away, stay tuned for all of the match action!
France also have a large injury list at the moment, with Kylian Mbappe, Hugo Lloris, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial all missing out due to injury. Mandanda starts in goal for the World champions, with Varane taking the captains armband, as they start with a formidable front three, with Coman, Griezmann and Giroud all in the starting XI.
Iceland are missing their skipper, Aron Gunnarsson is not involved due to injury, therefore Gylfi Sigurdsson will captain the hosts, as they line-up in a 4-4-1-1 formation, with Sigthorsson lining up front in attack.
FRANCE SUBS: Djibril Sidibe, Alassane Plea, Tanguy Ndombele, Presnel Kimpembe, Alphonse Areola, Moussa Sissoko, Thomas Lemar, Lucas Hernandez, Kurt Zouma, Wissam Ben Yedder, Mike Maignan, Jonathan Ikone.
FRANCE (4-3-3): Steve Mandanda; Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Clement Lenglet, Lucas Digne; Blaise Matuidi, Corentin Tolisso, N'Golo Kante; Kingsley Coman, Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud.
ICELAND SUBS: Arnor Sigurdsson, Emil Hallfredsson, Alfred Finnbogason, Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Jon Fjoluson, Ogmundur Kristinsson, Ingvar Jonsson, Vidar Kjartansson, Samuel Kari Fridjonsson, Sverrir Ingason, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Hjortur Hermannsson.
ICELAND (4-4-2): Hannes Thor Halldorsson; Victor Palsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Kari Arnason, Ari Freyr Skulason; Johann Gudmundsson, Runar Mar Sigurjonsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Arnor Ingvi Traustason; Gylfi Sigurdsson; Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.
Meanwhile Iceland are third, three points behind today's opponents with 12 points, having suffered a defeat against Albania last time out and a 4-0 defeat against France in the return fixture back in March.
It's tight at the top of Group H, with France joint top with Turkey on 15 points, having won five games, but they suffered a 2-0 defeat against Turkey back in June. However, two wins from two, should be enough to guarantee qualification for Didier Deschamps' side.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the Euro 2020 Group H clash between Iceland and France.