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France v Ivory Coast Live Commentary, 3/25/22

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O. Giroud (22)
A. Tchouaméni (90+3)
N. Pépé (19)
Stade Orange Vélodrome


France face South Africa in another friendly at Stade Pierre-Mauroy next, while Ivory Coast head to London to face England at Wembley. This match may not live long in the memory, but it was fun while it lasted. That's all for now. Goodbye!
France are lucky to have won this match, but to be fair to them they created their own luck by pushing for the win late on. The Ivorians gave Lloris some work to do in the second half, but had no shots inside France's box. It's a missed opportunity for them, but they'll learn from it.
The world champions France have found their way past Ivory Coast despite playing nowhere near their best! Les Bleus always looked the more likely victors in this match, but were drifting towards a draw against the plucky Ivorians until Tchouameni popped up to score the winner in injury time. Ivory Coast worked hard and deserved what would have been a creditable result, but c'est la vie.
M. Guendouzi
90' + 3' Guendouzi's delivery was fantastic and was easy for Tchouameni to convert, but why was no one with him? Ivory Coast can count themselves lucky this game isn't more meaningful. A lapse of concentration like that in a competitive game would be far more costly.
A. Tchouaméni
90' + 3' GOAL! FRANCE 2-1 IVORY COAST! Tchouameni steals the win for France at the death! The Monaco midfielder rises high to reach Guendouzi's corner and nod into the bottom right corner of the net! He's completely unmarked. Ivory Coast will feel sick.
90' + 2' There'll be four minutes of added time. France force a corner down their right...
K. Konaté
Yellow Card
Ivory Coast
90' Ivory Coast's substitute Konate is booked for a poor challenge on Kounde.
A. Rabiot
P. Pogba
88' Pogba, who's been fairly anonymous, goes off. Rabiot replaces him in France's engine room.
J. Clauss
K. Coman
88' France make some further substitutions. Coman, their right wing-back, goes off. The 29-year-old Lens right-back Clauss gets his first cap for his country.
88' Giroud is inches away with connecting with a delivery towards the left-hand post. If France snatch a late win here, they will be fortunate.
86' Lloris fumbles an Ivorian cross from the right but isn't punished for it. Giroud gets his head to Coman's cross, but his header isn't powerful enough to beat Badra Ali Sangare.
M. Cornet
N. Pépé
Ivory Coast
84' Pepe, Ivory Coast's goalscorer, is their last departure in this tranche of substitutions. The Burnley player Cornet comes on for the last five minutes or so of this match.
K. Konaté
S. Haller
Ivory Coast
84' Ivory Coast's main striker Haller also goes off. On comes Konate in his place.
M. Gradel
W. Zaha
Ivory Coast
84' Zaha's race is run. He's done his job for the Ivorians. Gradel replaces him.
82' Guendouzi gets frustrated as Ivory Coast survive another lacklustre France attack. Ivory Coast are about to make more changes.
80' Theo Hernandez is still exerting some influence on this game though. He's bundled over down the left by Kossounou, winning France a free-kick. He takes it himself, and Ivory Coast win the first header. Coman takes a tumble in the box with Zaha at his heels. The referee signals no penalty.
78' The game feels more even now as Theo Hernandez's threat has waned. Kessie is too forceful with Tchouameni and gives a free-kick away.
P. Akouokou
I. Sangaré
Ivory Coast
76' Ivory Coast decide to bring on someone else too. Ibrahim Sangare goes off. The Real Betis midfielder Akouokou comes on.
M. Guendouzi
A. Griezmann
75' Griezmann also heads off. Guendouzi steps into midfield to give France a more defensive look.
W. Ben Yedder
C. Nkunku
75' France make a few more changes first. Nkunku makes way. He's had a respectable if quiet debut. Ben Yedder comes on.
73' Zaha, the serial free-kick winner, scampers down the left and is pushed over by Saliba. Hey presto! Ivory Coast get the chance to test France from a set piece.
71' Theo Hernandez's high cross from the left is kept alive by Coman. France's attack soon breaks down though. Deschamps is preparing more substitutions for France down in the technical area.
69' Coman is penalised for pushing Zaha over near Ivory Coast's corner flag. France and Ivory Coast have had three shots apiece in this half. Now we've entered the final quarter of the game, it feels like the Ivorians will be disappointed to come out of it without a draw at least.
O. Kossounou
E. Bailly
Ivory Coast
68' Here's that Ivory Coast substitution. Kossounou, the 21-year-old Bayer Leverkusen defender, replaces Bailly.
66' Ivory Coast have Kossounou waiting to come on. Play carries on for a while before they can finally make that change.
64' France get a corner, and Saliba heads straight at Badra Ali Sangare from Nkunku's cross. Up the other end, Pepe bursts past Theo Hernandez to jink into the box, but can't get any further. France clear.
62' Badra Ali Sangare makes a point-blank save to deny Griezmann! Coman races down the right and crosses for the Atletico Madrid man. Griezmann hits it towards goal first-time. The Ivory Coast goalkeeper shifts the right way to keep it out.
60' Griezmann and Giroud combine inside the D for France but aren't able to break down Ivory Coast's stubborn defence. The ball goes out for an Ivorian goal-kick.
W. Saliba
R. Varane
58' France make the game's first substitution. Varane leaves the pitch. Saliba, on loan at Marseille from Arsenal, gets a raucous reception.
58' Kessie gets on the end of a hashed France clearance, but his first-time shot from the edge of the box isn't close to testing Lloris.
56' Aurier gets forward from right-back and blasts towards goal. His former Tottenham teammate Lloris is in the right place to push it away for France. Seri's corner makes it as far as Griezmann at the near post, who heads it away from danger.
54' Zaha wins a free-kick in his own half as he's brought down by Kounde.
52' As effective as Theo Hernandez has been down France's left, the rest of France's players haven't lit this game up yet. Ivory Coast are finding the hosts' attacks easier to deal with when they're coming from elsewhere.
50' Coman dribbles into the right of the box and shoots, but Konan is in his way. France keep the ball from the corner and cross again. Ivory Coast are standing firm for now.
48' Kessie bears down on the box and finds Ivory Coast's left-back Konan to his left. Konan lets rip at goal, forcing Lloris to make a diving save. France comfortably deal with the resulting Ivorian corner.
46' Ivory Coast still haven't learned! Theo Hernandez gallops into space down the left and shifts the ball onto his right foot to shoot. By the time he does though, Badra Ali Sangare is off his line to close him down.
45' France get the second half started. No changes at half-time.
Theo Hernandez was everywhere in that first half. The France wing-back had three shots on goal, created another dangerous situation which turned out to be offside, and assisted Giroud's goal. He was out of position for Pepe's goal, but going forward he's been a huge threat. Ivory Coast will want to keep him quiet in the second half.
It's all square at the break of what has been an entertaining affair so far. Ivory Coast took the lead early on through Pepe, before Giroud pulled France level three minutes later. The Ivorians were initially finding plenty of joy down their right behind the rampaging Theo Hernandez, but France managed to close that door as the half went on.
45' There'll be one additional minute in this half. Pepe and Tchouameni collide, and the free-kick goes France's way. It looks the wrong decision, as Tchouameni stepped on Pepe's foot before winning the ball, but it's minor.
44' Lucas Hernandez is back to his feet. He's rubbing the back of his head, but it looks like he'll be OK to continue. France restart play. Haller holds the ball up well in his own half and earns a free-kick.
42' It's another Ivory Coast corner from the right. Haller casually flicks at it with his heel and misses. France try to counter, but Lucas Hernandez is down injured in their box after taking a tumble in the buildup to the corner.
40' Varane gets to Haller just as the Ajax forward is about to pull the trigger in the box. France have tightened up since Pepe's opening goal.
38' Ivory Coast survive France's corner. France come again, and Coman's snap shot is blocked. Tchouameni's follow-up effort rolls well wide of the left-hand post.
36' Ivory Coast force a corner down their right. It doesn't come to anything. Up the other end, Pogba crosses from the left with the outside of his foot. It worries Konan enough to give France a corner of their own.
34' Pepe receives a pass down the right, looks up, and crosses for Zaha at the far post. Lloris swats the cross away before it can reach the Crystal Palace man. Kessie's ambitious effort from range trickles wide.
32' Zaha wants a free-kick against Tchouameni for handball but it isn't forthcoming. France play on and Coman's low cross from the right is cut out.
30' Chance for France! Griezmann floats an outswinging free-kick into the centre. Nkunku gets his head to it. His header flashes over the crossbar.
28' Ivory Coast need a better plan to deal with Theo Hernandez. He darts onto another France throughball and Aurier slides in clumsily to foul him near the corner flag.
26' Ivory Coast venture forward down their left and win a corner off Coman. Seri takes it, but it's not very good. France see it out easily.
24' Theo Hernandez is a man on a mission! The Milan left-back powers onto Lucas Hernandez's throughball and smacks a shot against a defender. It rebounds to a teammate who can't bundle it into the net. In the end, the offside flag goes up against him.
T. Hernández
22' We're only halfway through the first half of this match and Theo Hernandez has already played his part at both ends of the pitch. His defending for Pepe's goal wasn't great, but he's had several chances already and his cross for Giroud there was superb.
O. Giroud
22' GOAL! FRANCE 1-1 IVORY COAST! France hit back almost immediately! Theo Hernandez's lashed shot is saved by Badra Ali Sangare in the Ivorian goal. The ball comes back to France's left wing-back who picks out Giroud with a lovely cross. The AC Milan forward can't fail to finish with a header from close range.
I. Sangaré
Ivory Coast
20' Ivory Coast wasted no time in getting forward from the throw-in. Ibrahim Sangare found Pepe without delay, and he's punished France.
N. Pépé
Ivory Coast
19' GOAL! FRANCE 0-1 IVORY COAST! Pepe gives Ivory Coast the lead! It's a simple goal created by Ibrahim Sangare from an Ivorian throw-in. The Arsenal man gets in behind Theo Hernandez, beats Theo's brother Lucas Hernandez to the right of the box, and fires in off the near post.
18' Zaha jinks inside from the left and thunders a shot over the crossbar from range. It's a warning for France not to underestimate their visitors.
16' After a semi-frantic start to the game, France are beginning to assert a degree of control. Ivory Coast are staying compact.
14' France keep possession for a while. Coman takes down a pass down the right and the hosts work the play to the opposite side. Griezmann's flick frees Theo Hernandez, who blazes over from the left of the box.
12' Seri beats Griezmann to a pass, but Ivory Coast can't play their way out with France pressing them high. The world champions soon get the ball back.
10' Griezmann's threaded throughball down the middle doesn't work out. It takes Ivory Coast some time to get forward. Eventually Pepe cuts inside on his favoured left foot and his shot deflects off a defender. Lloris gets down sharpish to smother the ball.
9' It's end-to-end at the moment! Pepe uses his strength to see off his marker and dart down the right. He finds Kessie in the middle, who can't keep the ball. France try to break down their left, but can't create a shooting opportunity.
J. Seri
Yellow Card
Ivory Coast
7' Seri's shown a yellow card for sliding in on Lucas Hernandez from behind. This may be a friendly game, but it's still a dangerous challenge.
5' France get a decent chance early on! The Ivorians get caught upfield and the hosts break quickly. Theo Hernandez races into the box and blasts towards goal with his left foot. Bailly sticks his leg out to make a timely block. France get a corner. It's cleared.
3' France nearly free Griezmann to the right of the box, but the Atletico Madrid man can't bring the ball under his spell. Ivory Coast get a goal-kick.
2' Ivory Coast start the game feistily as Bailly fouls Giroud in his own half. The Ivorians win the ball back and Pepe gets a quick shot away from outside the box. It's closed down by the France defence.
1' The visitors Ivory Coast get this friendly underway! They're wearing their all-white away kit. France are wearing their preferred blue shirts and shorts with red socks.
The two teams come out onto the pitch at the Stade Velodrome and stand for their respective national anthems. The Portuguese referee Vitor Jorge Fernandes Ferreira takes the matchball from the now apparently customary tiny car and plops it on the centre spot.
Ivory Coast name a strong team that's very similar to the one that lost to Egypt on penalties in the last 16 of January's African Cup of Nations. Patrice Beaumelle makes two changes to that team. Boly starts ahead of Deli in defence, while Crystal Palace winger Zaha replaces Gradel.
France boss Didier Deschamps names a team which retains just four of the players that started their last match against Finland last November. Lloris, Kounde, Tchouameni and Griezmann stay in. Nkunku makes his first start for his country thanks to his strong form this season for RB Leipzig.
SUBS: Hassane Kamara, Mohamed Kone, Jean Evrard Kouassi, Fousseny Coulibaly, Max-Alain Gradel, Maxwel Cornet, Abdoul Karim Cisse, Karim Konate, Odilon Kossounou, Paul Akouokou, Emmanuel Agbadou, Simon Deli.
IVORY COAST (4-3-3): Badra Ali Sangare; Serge Aurier (c), Willy Boly, Eric Bailly, Ghislain Konan; Ibrahim Sangare, Franck Kessie, Jean Michael Seri; Wilfried Zaha, Sebastien Haller, Nicolas Pepe.
SUBS: Presnel Kimpembe, Matteo Guendouzi, Alphonse Areola, Mike Maignan, Kylian Mbappe, Lucas Digne, Adrien Rabiot, William Saliba, Wissam Ben Yedder, Moussa Diaby, Jonathan Clauss.
FRANCE (3-4-1-2): Hugo Lloris (c); Jules Kounde, Raphael Varane, Lucas Hernandez; Kingsley Coman, Aurelien Tchouameni, Paul Pogba, Theo Hernandez; Antoine Griezmann; Christopher Nkunku, Olivier Giroud.
Ivory Coast may have failed to qualify for football's showpiece event in Qatar at the end of this year, but on their day they can still give any nation a good game. The Elephants will be keen to leave Marseille trumpeting their achievements before they face England in a few days' time.
With qualification for this year's World Cup already secured, 2018 winners France can begin preparing to defend their crown. Having won the latest UEFA Nations League late last year, Les Bleus can enjoy this international break hosting two friendly matches, the first from Ivory Coast.
Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary of this international friendly match between France and Ivory Coast at Stade Velodrome, Marseille.