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90'
O. Giroud
W. Ben Yedder
3 - 0
84'
M. Sissoko
C. Tolisso
83'
O. Giroud
B. Pavard
2 - 0
48'
K. Despodov
Yellow Card
29'
A. Griezmann
Goal
1 - 0

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Possession
69% 30%
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Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 11 0
Total Passes 675 288
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France launch their Euro 2020 campaign against Germany next week. Meanwhile, Bulgaria are back in action in September, when their World Cup qualifying campaign resumes against Italy.
Olivier Giroud scored twice while Antoine Griezmann was also on target as France eased to a commanding 3-0 victory over Bulgaria in Paris. It was a dominant display from Didier Deschamps' men, who will be full of confidence heading into the European Championship next week.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: FRANCE 3-0 BULGARIA
90' + 2' Giroud now needs just five goals to equal Henry's record. He may now be in his mid-30s, but he will certainly not be in any rush to retire from international football any time soon.
W. Ben Yedder
Assist
90' Ben Yedder showed great vision to square the ball for Giroud, who was clinical from close range.
O. Giroud
Goal
90' GIROUD!!! 3-0 FRANCE! He's done it again! That's international goal number 46 for the Chelsea striker, who is in the right place to tuck home Ben Yedder's low cross from close range following a quickfire French counter.
88' It is also a big day for Giroud as he earns his 108th French cap. That moves him joint-fifth on his country's all-time list and level with a certain Zinedine Zidane.
86' That is now 45 international goals for Giroud, who is second on France's all-time list behind Thierry Henry on 51. The Chelsea striker needs just six more to catch him; can he do it?
M. Sissoko
C. Tolisso
84' Moussa Sissoko is also introduced in favour of Tolisso.
W. Ben Yedder
K. Mbappé
84' A double-change by the French. The first sees Wissam Ben Yedder replace Mbappe.
B. Pavard
Assist
83' Pavard was the provider with a delicious cross from the right that was begging to be attacked.
O. Giroud
Goal
83' GIROUD!!! 2-0 FRANCE! GAME OVER! Following a patient build-up by the French, Giroud demonstrates brilliant movement to lose his marker, attack the near post and steer home Pavard's low cross from close range.
82' Goals have definitely been hard to come by for Bulgaria in recent times. In fact, the entire squad share just 16 between them; one less than Mbappe has managed on his own for France.
80' Chance for Bulgaria! A first lapse in concentration from the French is almost punished by the visitors. The ball breaks kindly for Karagaren, but the substitute drags his shot wide from close range.
78' It is worth noting that France find themselves in a tricky group at the Euros alongside Germany, Portugal and Hungary. Nevertheless, Les Bleus should still be confident of progressing to the knockout stages. They have only failed to do so twice in their nine previous appearances - in 1992 and 2008.
76' Lloris has yet to be tested today as Bulgaria have not registered a single shot on target. They also failed to do so against Russia last time out, which will worry coach Petrov.
74' At the other end of the field, Lloris is earning his 125th international cap today. Second on his country's all-time list, he is now just 17 behind record-holder Lilian Thuram.
72' Lemar looks to make an impact as he receives the ball in space 35 yards from goal. The Atletico Madrid man drives forward before letting fly with a left-footed effort that is always rising.
B. Karagaren
I. Turitsov
71' Turitsov also goes off with Birsent Karagaren coming on in his place.
A. Hristov
D. Yankov
71' Another two Bulgarian changes. The first sees Yankov replaced by Andrea Hristov.
70' Can Deschamps do as a coach what he did as a player? The French boss captained Les Bleus to glory at the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. How he would love to follow suit from the touchline and guide the reigning World champions to another double next month.
68' Digne is well-found in space down the left flank. The Everton full-back unleashes a powerful strike, but it is straight at the goalkeeper.
66' Dembele quickly into the action as he demonstrates wonderful vision to pick out Mbappe. The PSG forward goes to give the goalkeeper the eyes, but drags his shot wide of the target.
O. Dembélé
A. Griezmann
66' Griezmann is also given a breather by Deschamps, who introduces Ousmane Dembele in his place.
T. Lemar
N. Kanté
65' France turn to the bench with Thomas Lemar replacing Kante.
64' Mbappe tries his luck again from outside the area. However, his attempt is straight down the throat of Naumov, who gathers.
62' Bulgaria finished fourth at the 1994 World Cup in America; beating Argentina and Germany along the way. They will hope it is not too long before those glory days can return, although they seem a world away at the moment.
60' Of course, Bulgaria know what it takes to beat France. They infamously did the double during the 1994 World Cup qualifying campaign; Emil Kostadinov's last-minute strike in Paris sealed a 2-1 win for the Lions and saw them qualify at the expense of the French.
D. Iliev
K. Despodov
58' Meanwhile, Despodov goes off to be replaced by Dimitar Iliev.
M. Tsvetanov
B. Kraev
58' Kraev is also withdrawn in favour of Momchil Tsvetanov.
G. Minchev
A. Iliev
58' A triple-change by Bulgaria. The first sees Atanas Iliev make way for Georgi Minchev.
56' Danger for the visitors as Mbappe looks to play a swift one-two with Giroud on the edge of the box. However, they just about manage to scramble the ball away on this occasion.
54' Can Bulgaria turn things around and end their wretched run on the road? The Lions are without a win in their last 13 away games, seven of which have resulted in defeats. You must go back to a 2-1 success against Slovenia in September 2018 for their last victory away from home.
P. Vitanov
I. Chochev
52' A change for Bulgaria with Chochev making way for Petar Vitanov.
51' A rare lapse in concentration by Naumov, whose attempted punch from a cross goes straight to Mbappe. However, Turitsov is quickly out to block the forward's shot.
49' Good effort! Mbappe looks for the far corner with a curling effort from just inside the box, but Naumov punches it away to safety.
K. Despodov
Yellow Card
48' Despodov goes into the book after pulling back Pogba, who was in full stride.
46' Bulgaria get the ball rolling and we're back underway in Paris.
L. Digne
L. Hernández
46' France make a change at the break with Lucas Digne replacing Hernandez.
Very much on the back foot during that first half, all hope is not lost for Bulgaria yet. But they know they must take any chances that fall their way upon the resumption of the contest.
Antoine Griezmann's deflected volley separates the sides at half-time. France are thoroughly deserving of their lead following a purposeful start to the contest, and will look to build on that after the break.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: FRANCE 1-0 BULGARIA
45' + 1' There will be a minimum of two additional minutes at the end of this first half.
44' Good save again! A first opportunity for Giroud to shoot. The Chelsea striker unleashes a powerful effort across goal, but Naumov is equal to it with strong wrists.
43' Mbappe sustained a bloody nose during that collision, but is waved back onto the field after receiving the required treatment.
42' The French medical team are quickly called into action again. This time, after Mbappe takes an accidental whack to the face. He is just being patched up and should soon be back out there.
O. Giroud
K. Benzema
41' A sad sight for the French as Benzema limps off unable to continue. Olivier Giroud comes on in his place.
40' WHAT A SAVE! France break with pace as Mbappe chases a long ball. Griezmann makes up brilliant ground to receive a perfectly timed pass, but he is somehow denied by Naumov.
37' A slight concern for France as Benzema receives strapping around his right knee. The Real Madrid forward picked up a knock earlier, but hopefully it is nothing too serious.
35' The goal was also Griezmann's fourth in France's last five games. Fair to say the Barcelona forward is hitting form at exactly the right time heading into the Euros.
33' That was Griezmann's 37th international goal in 91 appearances. Currently fourth on his country's all-time list, only Michel Platini, Olivier Giroud and Thierry Henry boast more strikes for Les Bleus.
31' The hosts go in search of a second in quick succession. Pavard hangs a cross towards the far post, where Benzema arrives late but is unable to steer his header on target.
A. Griezmann
Goal
29' GRIEZMANN!!! 1-0 FRANCE! Brilliant technique by Griezmann! The French finally lead at Stade de France as Mbappe's low cross deflects kindly into the path of Griezmann, whose acrobatic volley takes a deflection off Chochev before nestling in the net.
27' BRILLIANT SAVE! Mbappe bursts into life inside the Bulgaria box as he races onto Benzema's reverse pass. However, he is somehow denied by wonderful reflexes from Naumov.
25' A chance for Bulgaria? They are fortunate to be awarded a free-kick as Varane is harshly penalised for a foul on Despodov. The subsequent free-kick is deflected behind for a corner.
23' France still seeking the breakthrough as we pass the midway point in this first half. However, it is more a case of when they get that first goal rather than if.
21' It may have been almost six years since Benzema's last apperances for France, but you would not know given the way he has seamlessly settled back into the side. Mind, it would be difficult not to with the bundles of talent in this French team.
19' Unlucky! A delightful lofted ball from Pogba picks out Benzema in the box. Although, the angle is tight and the Real Madrid forward is unable to keep his volley down.
18' You can probably count on one hand the number of times that Bulgaria have progressed beyond the halfway line in this game. That just demonstrates the authorative start that France have made.
16' Having lifted the Henri Delauney trophy in 1984 and 2000, Les Bleus are targeting a third European crown this year. That would move them level with Spain and Germany at the top of the list.
14' The confidence of the French is evident. After all, they have won each of their last three games, keeping a clean sheet on each occasion.
12' Good save! France continue to apply the pressure and Naumov is called into action. The Bulgaria stopper gets down well to block Mbappe's low strike on goal.
11' A sight on goal for Benzema. Seeking his first international strike in nearly six years, the Real Madrid forward works the ball onto his left foot. However, he drags his effort wide.
10' Bulgaria will be very aware that their chances of taking anything from this game are very slim. After all, the Lions have won just two of their last 27 matches.
8' A slight break in play after Iliev takes an accidental arm to the back of the head from Varane. The Bulgaria midfielder is soon back on his feet, but the brief pause enables the visitors to regroup and get their feet on the ball.
6' Nothing came of the free-kick but the hosts do not take their feet off the gas. A neat one-two inside the box almost presents Kante with an opportunity, but the Chelsea midfielder is quickly charged down.
4' France continue to threaten with a neat exchange around the Bulgaria box. The visitors clear but the danger is not over as Mbappe is brought down and the hosts have a free-kick in a dangerous position.
2' Mbappe quickly involved as he is found in the penalty area. Although he is shown onto his left foot, the Paris Saint-Germain forward gets a shot away, but the ball flashes across the face of goal and out for a throw-in.
1' The referee blows his whistle and France kick things off.
The teams are coming out onto the field and will now observe the national anthems.
With just one defeat in their last 19 games, France will be red-hot favourites against a Bulgaria side that are without a win in seven.
As for Bulgaria, Yasen Petrov makes six changes to the side that were beaten by Russia on Saturday. Among them, Daniel Naumov replaces Ivan Karadzhov in goal, while there are also recalls for the likes of Vasil Bozhikov, Ilian Iliev and Bozhidar Kraev.
Didier Deschamps makes just a single change to the side that began France's 3-0 win over Wales last week. Following his Champions League final exploits with Chelsea, N'Golo Kante returns to the side and replaces Adrien Rabiot in midfield. Once again, Karim Benzema partners Kylian Mbappe up front with Antoine Griezmann pulling the strings just behind.
SUBS: Nikolay Mihaylov, Antonio Vutov, Petar Vitanov, Lachezar Kotev, Andrej Galabinov, Yanis Karabelyov, Birsent Karagaren, Andrea Hristov, Georgi Minchev, Dimitar Iliev, Momchil Tsvetanov, Ivan Karadzhov.
BULGARIA (4-4-2): Daniel Naumov; Ivan Turitsov, Petko Hristov, Valentin Antov, Vasil Bozhikov; Ilian Iliev, Ivaylo Chochev, Bozhidar Kraev, Dominik Yankov; Atanas Iliev, Kiril Despodov.
SUBS: Steve Mandanda, Lucas Digne, Wissam Ben Yedder, Clement Lenglet, Ousmane Dembele, Kurt Zouma, Thomas Lemar, Moussa Sissoko, Leo Dubois, Jules Kounde, Olivier Giroud, Mike Maignan.
FRANCE (4-3-1-2): Hugo Lloris; Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Hernandez; Corentin Tolisso, N'Golo Kante, Paul Pogba; Antoine Griezmann; Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe.
This is France's final warm-up game before Euro 2020 and Les Bleus will be eager to build some momentum ahead of their opening group match against Germany next week.
Hello and a warm welcome to everyone joining us for today's international friendly between France and Bulgaria at Stade de France.