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P. Pogba
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A. Hadžiahmetović
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T. Lemar
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A. Griezmann
A. Rabiot
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S. Saničanin
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Match Stats

Possession
43% 56%
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7
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 2 2
Total Passes 428 535
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 France FRA France 6 3 3 0 8 3 +5 12 W D D W W
2 Ukraine UKR Ukraine 7 1 6 0 9 8 +1 9 D W D D D
3 Finland FIN Finland 6 2 2 2 7 7 0 8 W L L W D
4 Bosnia-Herzegovina BIH Bosnia-Herzegovina 6 1 4 1 8 7 +1 7 D W D D L
5 Kazakhstan KAZ Kazakhstan 7 0 3 4 5 12 -7 3 L L D L D

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Commentary

These two sides will meet in September again, in their first international game of the 2021-22 calendar of course, and that could suit Bosnia down to the ground, to get the biggest fish in Group D out of the way. But more silverware awaits France next - they have Euro 2020 to contend with. Until then however, thank you for joining us - and have a great week!
Ivaylo Petev's wait for a win in charge goes on, but he can still take plenty of positives from his side's performance here. They went up against the World Cup holders and, were it not for a neatly taken header, would have very likely held them to a draw. Now, they need to ensure they get the best of their other rivals to ensure a shot at qualifying for Qatar.
Occasion is everything, of course, but seven of Les Bleus' starting XI this evening also lined up from the off for the freewheeling victory over Croatia in that World Cup final in Russia in 2018. This, in comparison, was something of a slog - but a win is a win and there will be no complaints at the end of the day.
Antoine Greizmann's deft header on the hour hands France a second victory in Group D and condemns Bosnia and Herzegovina to a first defeat of the Qatar 2022 World Cup UEFA qualifiers. Didier Deschamps' side were far from inspiring on a cold European evening - but they remain unbeaten after their first clutch of games on the way to defending the title they won three years ago. Full-time in Sarajevo, it finishes Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-1 France.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 0-1 FRANCE
90' + 1' No luck for Bosnia - and then France counter with Giroud, who sees an effort blocked from distance after Sissoko tees him up. That could be the last throw of the dice for the hosts.
M. Sissoko
T. Lemar
90' Prevljak is sharp, and wins the hosts a late corner after a lovely ball is deflected away. France take the opportunity to bring on Moussa Sissoko for Lemar. There will be three added minutes.
88' France look to have crafted a one-on-one situation to get Sehic under pressure but the linesman's flag is up and they are caught offside.
A. Gojak
G. Cimirot
86' Amer Gojak is also on for the hosts, replacing Cimirot.
S. Prevljak
R. Krunić
86' Smail Prevljak is the latest new face in this game, on to replace Krunic for Bosnia.
84' Again, Bosnia defend their lines and ferry the ball back to halfway. It looks like Griezmann's header will be what separates these two at the end of play.
83' A last-gasp tackle from Ahmedhodzic is deemed to be a foul on France's left wing and Les Bleus have a free-kick chance in line with the Bosnia box. It will be Griezmann to take.
81' Pjanic is the man tasked with the set-piece - and he smashes it into the defensive wall, tightly formed inside the box, in the end. No luck for Bosnia in snatching a goal to tie things up here.
P. Pogba
Yellow Card
79' Now this could be a chance for the hosts! Stevanovic has hardly been on the pitch any time and now he draws the foul just outside the penalty area from Pogba. The latter can't believe it and he gets a booking for good measure too.
M. Stevanović
D. Todorović
77' Bosnia do indeed make a change now with Miroslav Stevanovic on for Todorovic.
76' Pavard tries to crack a left-footed shot in from outside the box only to see it blocked. Bosnia tear back down the opposite end; suddenly, they have a second wind when it comes to the counter-attacks again.
74' There's been no further changes to speak of but both sides have got movements down in their dugouts. Are we about to see some further alterations?
72' That did not look comfortable for Krunic! The attacker slips at the back of a rare second-half counter, practically tripping over the ball inside France's penalty area. He stays down to get some treatment but is fine to ultimately continue.
70' Varane is not too far off the mark with a header from six yards out but it sails comfortably over the crossbar in the end. France still hunting a second effort.
A. Hadžiahmetović
Yellow Card
69' Hadziahmetovic takes out Mbappe now and the Bosnian picks up a yellow card for his efforts.
68' France have notched an extra four shots since the break here, but there's been nothing from Bosnia. They don't look like they're going to find an equaliser any time soon.
T. Lemar
Yellow Card
66' Lemar clatters Krunic now and the referee flashes the France man a yellow card for his ministrations. There's been a few industrial challenges today.
64' Giroud! The Chelsea man isn't too far off the mark with a header now, latching onto a Kimpembe ball following a corner for the visitors. That could have doubled the lead for Les Bleus.
62' Now, can France make it two in quick order? One goal is only a slender lead, and the World Cup holders have possibly seen enough on the counter from their hosts today to know this isn't a done-and-dusted affair.
A. Rabiot
Assist
60' Rabiot had several men to pick out in the box there and that is a lovely little deft lift to find the eventual goalscorer. He'll be very happy with that.
A. Griezmann
Goal
60' GOAL! ANTOINE GRIEZMANN PUTS FRANCE AHEAD WITH A FINE FINISH! 1-0! That's the breakthrough the visitors were looking for! Rabiot gets the ball out on the left edge and squares a mid-height delivery back into the box, where the Barcelona man nudges in at the near-top corner with a deft header. Nicely done.
O. Giroud
K. Coman
59' Indeed, it is France who make the first change of the game now with Coman replaced by Olivier Giroud.
58' Mbappe is brought down in the France box and it'll be a free-kick to ease any immediate pressure for the visitors. On the sidelines, there's movement amid the substitutes.
56' Pavard with the intervention! Kolasinac is not too far away after a lovely ball is drifted out to the left edge for him and it is the defender who gets in between him and the goal to ensure it skews over for a corner instead.
54' Kimpembe meets a France corner now but his finish is poor, a spiraling touch that loops the delivery somewhere into the heavens and back down well out of play behind goal.
S. Saničanin
Yellow Card
53' France repel border smartly and then Sanicanin clamps Pavard to earn himself a booking too. It's getting a little bit scrappy out there right now.
R. Varane
Yellow Card
51' Varane trims down Krunic now and picks up the first booking of the second half. Bosnia will look to shape an opportunity from the free-kick just inside opposition territory.
49' Todorovic - who wasn't too far away with that effort for the hosts in the first half - has to help shepherd the ball back to his goalkeeper Sehic now after some intense French pressure.
47' Coman lashes an immediate cross in from the off and Lemar just sees it drift beyond his reach. A sign of immediate determination from the visitors, who may well have been read the riot act at the interval.
46' We're back underway in Sarajevo. Will Les Bleus have the breakthrough they want or can their hosts continue to frustrate them?
There's plenty for Didier Deschamps to chew on. His side have objectively been better on a statistical level. But might they have been expected to be further ahead in this one, as opposed to finding themselves locked in a goalless stalemate? Food for thought.
It's all square at the break in Sarajevo and there's not too much to report beyond the very credible potential that World Cup holders France could find themselves held to a second draw in three games in their first batch of Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers. At half-time in Group D, it is Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-0 France.
45' HALF-TIME: BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 0-0 FRANCE
44' It's Varane who gets on the eventual end of a looping delivery - and his effort is comfortably wide of the mark, drifting away to the right of the far post.
43' Krunic clips Rabiot now with what looks to just be a glancing blow - but it is enough for the latter to go down and win his side another 30-yard free-kick on the left edge.
41' Hadziahmetovic just has a nibble at Pogba now and France will have a 30-yard free-kick way out on the left wing as this game creeps towards a goalless half-time.
39' There's just been the two official shots for the hosts so far, and five for the visitors. Not too much to write home about.
37' This has been a fairly quiet few minutes though, it's fair to say. Bosnia break on a scrappy counter, France pull them back and work their way back again. Rinse and repeat, to a certain extent.
35' There's a little bit of restlessness around the French midfield as they continue to carve out half-chances without quite threading it all together. Bosnia are doing a good job at keeping their threats at bay so far.
33' The last time Bosnia were here - they play other home matches in Zenica too - they were downed by Italy in the Nations League. The time before that, they drew with Northern Ireland - and then lost a penalty shootout that cost them a Euro 2020 place. This hasn't been a happy hunting ground recently.
31' France earn back-to-back corners and Bosnia frustrate them again. That front line of Griezmann and Mbappe are yet to quite get their sights fixed in this match, but of course, one touch of class may be all it takes.
29' Rabiot tucks a shot around the right after the post after Griezmann tees him up and the former is disgusted with himself. Moments later, Lemar is flagged for an offside run. France are making great strides back into deep Bosnian territory here.
27' Bosnia have won only 30 per cent of duels for the ball against France so far, but they're not looking too overwhelmed. That spell deep in opposition territory seems to have done wonders for their confidence.
25' What a stop from Lloris! Suddenly France are under the cosh and the keeper is forced into a pair of brilliant close-range saves as Bosnia make the most of a set-piece opportunity out wide on the left. Top-drawer stuff from the World Cup winner.
23' Todorovic! Bosnia strike with their most dangerous move of the game yet and it is a cracker of a shot from the midfielder, who lashes it in off the right wing, curling it from distance towards the near post. Lloris is taken aback; the Tottenham goalkeeper has to make a quick dive to divert it from his top corner.
21' A moment later, there's almost a carbon copy play; a French corner is defused and Bosnia break. This time, Griezmann is the man who doubles back to cut down Dzeko and the latter can't believe that he isn't handed a free-kick for the industrious challenge.
19' Hadzikadunic concedes a corner shortly after the fact, but again, nothing comes of it for France and a breakaway Bosnia counter requires some freewheeling defensive acrobatics in retreat to cut off the danger.
17' After plenty of preamble, the ultimate attempt - with Griezmann and Lemar both nestling efforts - simply smashes into the defensive wall and then wide of the mark respectively. Still, an early test repelled for the hosts.
D. Hadzikadunic
Yellow Card
15' Now this could be trouble for Bosnia. Mbappe goes down just outside the box under attention from Hadzikadunic. The latter is furious but gets a yellow card all the same and France have a superb spot, just over 20 yards out on the left, for a set-piece delivery.
14' Sehic with the save! Coman makes it easy for the keeper in the end, as a tight cross tipped off the left edge is nudged with a deft header straight into the keeper's path, allowing him to palm it away before making an easy collection.
13' Now Bosnia are caught by the linesman's flag, as Cimirot attempts to thread a delivery to Dzeko only for his captain to have drifted offside. It's not a bad move from the hosts, who may be the underdogs here but still boast a host of fine big-name clutch players.
11' Coman! The midfielder cuts in off the right flank, following a promising spell of both possession and field position, before twisting to rifle a low effort past the wrong side of the near post.
9' Now it is Kimpembe's turn to draw an innocuous foul, with Dzeko the guilty party. The Bosnia skipper is not happy with that decision but France push their subsequent delivery deep for an attacking throw-in.
7' Krunic again is caught by Kimpembe with a glancing challenge, this one in the centre-circle. This is already turning into a tasty tussle between the pair. Griezmann subsequently catches a blow from a low sliding tackle, but seems to shrug off the initial burst of pain.
5' Kimpembe - whose own goal just before the hour mark against Ukraine cost France two points in the eyes of some - catches Krunic to concede an early free-kick, one that the hosts can't maximise to its full potential.
3' The early pressure isn't exclusively just from Les Bleus but they craft the first half-chance of the game now. Pogba wings a booming delivery downfield, over the Bosnian defence - and Mbappe drifts offside as he tries to bring it down.
1' We are underway in this Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifier between Bosnia and Herzegovina and France!
The teams have emerged for the national anthems in Sarajevo and we're moments away from kick-off.
This is the pair's fifth meeting in international football and France are unbeaten in all four previous encounters. They claimed victory in a 2006 friendly and in a Euro 2012 qualifier - but needed a late Samir Nasri penalty to claim a draw on their last clash in 2011.
Subs: Ferland Mendy, Mike Maignan, Clement Lenglet, Moussa Sissoko, Olivier Giroud, Wissam Ben Yedder, Lucas Digne, Ousmane Dembele, Kurt Zouma, Steve Mandanda, Leo Dubois, Tanguy Ndombele.
FRANCE (4-4-2): Hugo Lloris; Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Raphael Varane, Benjamin Pavard; Kingsley Coman, Adrien Rabiot, Paul Pogba, Thomas Lemar; Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe.
Subs: Marko Mihojevic, Amar Rahmanovic, Branimir Cipetic, Eldar Civic, Kenan Piric, Stjepan Loncar, Miroslav Stevanovic, Amer Gojak, Smail Prevljak, Nikola Vasilj, Haris Duljevic, Luka Menalo.
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA (3-5-2): Ibrahim Sehic; Anel Ahmedhodzic, Dennis Hadzikadunic, Sinisa Sanicanin; Darko Todorovic, Amir Hadziahmetovic, Miralem Pjanic, Gojko Cimirot, Sead Kolasinac; Edin Dzeko, Rade Krunic.
Bosnia too make some changes, with the more experienced Ibrahim Sehic coming in to replace Nikola Vasilj in goal. But it is the return of Edin Dzeko up front that is likely to put fear into the French defence, with the hosts' skipper out to further enshrine his local legacy.
Having fielded the relative equivalent of a second-string back four against Kazakhstan - the sort of second-string back four any other nation would love to have - France are back to near full-strength. Anthony Martial's injury means Kylian Mbappe slots straight back in up front.
Ivaylo Petev though will be determined to see his likewise undefeated start to life with the hosts continue today. A pair of draws with Finland - and in a friendly against Costa Rica - means that Dusan Bajevic's successor is yet to taste loss, though he too is seeking a maiden win.
Les Bleus have made an unbeaten start to life on the road to defending their crown, but Didier Deschamps' men haven't quite been at their best so far. A routine win over Kazakhstan handed them victory only after they were held to a draw against Ukraine - meaning today's game is a must-win for morale.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup UEFA qualifiers, as defending champions France look to finish their international break on a high note against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Group D at Stadium Grbavica in Sarajevo.