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S. Cikalleshi
Penalty Goal
4 - 1
J. Ikoné
N. Fekir
4 - 0
K. Coman
A. Griezmann
3 - 0
O. Giroud
L. Hernández
2 - 0
K. Coman
R. Varane
1 - 0

Match Stats

72% 27%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 5 1
Total Passes 913 342
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 France FRA France 10 8 1 1 25 6 +19 25 W W D W W
2 Turkey TUR Turkey 10 7 2 1 18 3 +15 23 W D D W W
3 Iceland ISL Iceland 10 6 1 3 14 11 +3 19 W D W L L
4 Albania ALB Albania 10 4 1 5 16 14 +2 13 L D W L W
5 Andorra AND Andorra 10 1 1 8 3 20 -17 4 L D L W L
6 Moldova MDA Moldova 10 1 0 9 4 26 -22 3 L L L L L


Final Tournament


That's all from us for France's 4-1 victory over Albania. Thanks for staying with us and, until next time, goodbye!
The win puts France back at the top of Group H, but it's still extremely tight. All of France, Turkey and Iceland are on 12 points, but the French have a great chance to go further ahead when they play Andorra on Tuesday. For Albania, they play Iceland on the same day - France will be hoping they can do them a favour and get a result. With Turkey facing Moldova also on Tuesday, it's still all to play for in Group H.
France make it four wins from five games with a dominant 4-1 victory over Albania. Coman put the hosts ahead early on and Giroud made it 2-0 with a tap-in midway through the first half. France didn't stop there and Coman added his second after the break, capping a wonderfully free-flowing move. Ikone - the 21-year-old debutant - added a fourth in the 85th minute, and the only blemish is that they couldn't keep a clean sheet. Lloris gave away a penalty, which Cikalleshi converted in the 90th minute. 
90' + 3' Euro 2016 was the first major tournament Albania reached in their history as a national side. Despite today's heavy loss, they still have six points in Group H - can the nearly impossible still happen?
90' + 1' It just goes to show how switched on you need to be at all times! France relax for just a second and Bare takes advantage, slipping in Cikalleshi who wins a penalty when he takes the ball away from Lloris. A disappointing end to what has been an excellent half for the hosts.
S. Cikalleshi
Penalty Goal
90' GOAL! ALBANIA SCORE FROM THE SPOT! Cikalleshi - after winning the penalty - steps up to take and hits it low into the bottom-right corner. Lloris has no chance.
89' PENALTY GIVEN! Lloris rushes off his line to beat Cikalleshi to Bare's throughball and catches the substitute without getting the ball!
87' France have been excellent throughout the second half. They've been in control and have relentlessly chased more goals, testing Strakosha on five occasions this half. The scoreline completely reflects how well they've played.
N. Fekir
85' Ikone will get the headlines, but that's a lovely assist from Fekir. He's got his back to goal, but knows Ikone will continue his run and just holds onto the ball long enough to slip the winger in.
J. Ikoné
85' GOAL! IKONE SCORES ON HIS DEBUT! What a moment for the 21-year-old! He surges into the box - once more using his speed to beat his marker - plays a one-two with Fekir, and finishes low into the bottom-right corner. It's the two substitutes combining!
N. Fekir
T. Lemar
84' Another French change as Lemar makes way for Fekir, a summer arrival at Real Betis.
82' Ikone has a chance to stretch his legs and he surges into the box, too quick for anyone around him. Mavraj tracks back and attempts a risky challenge from behind, and the referee awards a corner. 
81' Roshi chases down a long ball and manages to keep it in play, and he passes back to recycle possession and find a better opening in an almost faultless French back four.
L. Digne
L. Hernández
80' That's his game over. Hernandez played superbly, but he's taken off for Digne, who's been in impressive form for Everton.
79' Hernandez is down injured again after a heavy challenge from Gjasula. He has to leave the pitch once more.
T. Xhaka
Yellow Card
78' Xhaka is shown a yellow card, much like his brother Granit, for a foul on Pavard.
J. Ikoné
K. Coman
77' Deschamps makes his first change of the game, taking off goalscorer Coman for Ikone for his international debut.
77' Coman plays in Pavard with a throughball and - despite his best efforts - the right-back can't get enough of a connection to put in a cross.
75' Albania now are on the attack down the left, but Pavard is there to win the ball back. It's a short-lived moment of optimism and it's quickly shutdown.
T. Xhaka
A. Abrashi
73' Albania make their final change, bringing off Abrashi for Xhaka. He's the brother of Arsenal midfielder Granit, who plays his international football for Switzerland.
72' Bare lines up a free-kick and he delivers a ball towards the back post, but Djimsiti is flagged offside.
70' Hernandez leaves the pitch during the goal celebrations as Djimsiti caught him in the face, but he's able to continue.
A. Griezmann
68' Well Griezmann's assist may go some way to making up for his missed penalty. He's certainly taken a more active role this half and it's now reflected by the stats.
K. Coman
68' GOAL! FRANCE HAVE THE THIRD! Coman with his brace! Hernandez picks out Griezmann, who plays a one-two with Giroud out on the left before picking out Coman with a cross. And the winger - on the turn - fires low into the bottom-right corner. Brilliant football in the build-up!
K. Gjasula
Yellow Card
66' Gjasula is shown a yellow card for a high boot into Matuidi's thigh. He's only recently come on!
64' Look at this for domination - 77 per cent possession in the second half so far for France and five shots, compared with Albania's zero. The visitors are barely able to get out their own half!
62' Another key difference this half is that Griezmann is more involved. He was all over the pitch in the first half, which made it difficult for his team-mates to find him. He seems to be more central at the moment, and it's working.
S. Cikalleshi
B. Balaj
61' Another change for Albania as Balaj comes off for Cikalleshi.
60' Griezmann tries to find Pavard with a througball into the right channel, but the right-back can't keep hold of the ball.
58' It's just a matter of time before France add a third goal. Albania have barely had a sniff of the ball in the second half, but the difference is that France are getting more shots on target. One was saved, while two were blocked inside the box - they've attempted five shots in total so far this half.
56' STRAKOSHA SAVES! That's brilliant football from France. Griezmann, Lemar and Giroud combine at the edge of the box and Griezmann continues his run into the middle, picks up the ball and fires a low shot towards goal - but Strakosha saves with his legs. A great move that deserved a goal.
K. Gjasula
Y. Ramadani
53' Albania are the first to make a change, taking off Ramadani for Gjasula.
53' BLOCK! Coman feeds Giroud, who crosses back into Lemar at the penalty spot. He takes a touch, but it allows Ismajli time to get set and make a block.
52' Tolisso finds Giroud in behind with a ball over the top, he takes it on his chest and tries to find the goal, but he drags it wide to the right. He seems surprised that he was onside!
50' Do you remember when France and Albania met at Euro 2016? That game ended in a 2-0 win for France, which perhaps doesn’t do justice to an Albania side that kept the French out until goals in the 90th and 96th minutes. Will this game end with the same result?
48' Griezmann wants to test Strakosha, but his shot is way off target. His end product has been lacking so far.
47' Griezmann spreads play wide to Hernandez, who's looking for another cross, but Roshi gets his body in the way and makes a block.
46' KICK-OFF! France restart the action looking to add to their two-goal lead.
Albania have caused France a few issues at the back, but Lloris is yet to make a save and Albania haven't had a shot on target. With France up by two goals, it's a very tough ask for the visitors to rescue anything from the game. It's a testament to the strength in depth of the French that they're still so in control despite the obvious quality they're missing.
France have been utterly dominant in the first half and the scoreline reflects as much - they lead 2-0 at the break courtesy of goals from Coman and Giroud. Coman got the first inside 10 minutes with a near-post finish from a Varane throughball, while Giroud added the second in the 27th minute, tapping in a Hernandez cross. Griezmann had a chance to make it three from the penalty spot, but he hit the bar. 
45' Griezmann now with a chance to make amends for his penalty miss, but he loses control of the shot and it goes wide from outside the box.
43' With Griezmann floating in a free role and Coman and Lemar cutting inside, there's a lot of space out wide for both Pavard and Hernandez. They've been very involved from the start and it seems to be a deliberate plan to set them up with crossing opportunities.
41' France are dominating at the moment, very much in control of the ball. They're comfortable in possession and their two-goal advantage means they can afford to circulate it around the defenders without pressure to get forward.
39' It's unlikely France will come to rue the missed penalty, but it's a blow for Griezmann, who's been largely uninvolved in the first half.
A. Griezmann
Penalty Miss
37' GRIEZMANN MISSES!! He goes for power over precision and his effort cannons off the bar and back into play!
36' PENALTY GIVEN! A long Lenglet pass sends Hernandez into the box and his clever touch just takes the ball away from his markers. It wrongfoots Mavraj and his left foot catches Hernandez. The referee points to the spot.
35' Pavard tries to pick out Giroud with another cross, but it's too high for the Chelsea striker and Albania clear.
33' Albania are in possession, trying to find an opening. But the French defence are compact and it's forced Albania back towards their own goal.
31' After his goal today - his 36th for France - Giroud is now just five goals off catching Michel Platini in second on the list of French all-time top scorers.
29' Albania nearly pull a goal back, but Balaj can't get a touch on a lovely delivery from Hysaj. It's a warning to France to stay alert at the back as Albania are certainly capable of scoring.
L. Hernández
27' Hernandez is a left-back by trade, but was very much in left-winger territory there and picks out Giroud with a perfect driven cross.
O. Giroud
27' GOAAAL! GIROUD MAKES IT 2-0! He was waiting in the box - as he so often does - and guides in a Hernandez cross from inside the six-yard box. Griezmann sets up the move with a lovely pass into the left-hand channel.
25' Lemar tries to dribble his way into the box, but ends up losing the ball and fouling Hysaj in the process, giving away a free-kick.
23' Albania have a chance to counter from a poor Coman pass inside, but Pavard tracks back from an advanced position and recovers the ball. 
21' Lemar tries to pick out Griezmann with a lofted throughball, but Ismajli acrobatically intercepts.
20' France lead against Albania through Coman's goal in the eighth minute. In three of their past four qualifiers, they've gone in front within the opening 15 minutes - the only exception being the Turkey defeat.
18' France now are trying to control the tempo of play from a goal-kick, just managing possession between the defenders.
16' The referee halts play after Griezmann's pass hits Ramadani in the head. The physios are on to make sure he's okay. After leaving the pitch, he's able to continue.
14' Here comes Tolisso now with Lemar to his left, but the Bayern Munich midfielder gets caught in two minds and the move breaks down.
12' CHANCE! Giroud should score! Coman directs a long Matuidi pass back across goal towards Giroud, but the Frenchman tries to head it back the other way instead of going for it himself! It's a tight angle, but he should at least attempt something there.
10' That's Coman's first France goal since March 2016, when he scored in a 4-2 friendly win over Russia.
R. Varane
8' Coman gets the goal, but Varane's assist deserves praise. It's a fantastic pass that takes out every line of the Albanian team.
K. Coman
8' GOAAAAL! FRANCE LEAD 1-0! Coman latches on to Varane's pass, takes a touch to control the ball, another to set up the shot and he just pokes it home at the near post.
7' France have settled into the game a little and are now controlling possession in the middle third. Griezmann picks out Pavard on the right, who sends it on to Coman to deliver a cross, but Albania clear.
5' Here comes Balaj on the right, but Hernandez gets across and makes a tackle to give away a throw deep in French territory.
3' Matuidi tries to find Hernandez with a lofted throughball into the left-hand channel, but Ismajli intercepts and concedes a corner.
2' Bare plays it short, Ramadani sends it in, but the delivery is too powerful and goes out for a goal-kick.
2' Albania start on the front foot and win a free-kick after Tolisso fouls Ramadani. It's a chance to put a ball into the box and test Lloris.
1' KICK-OFF! After that delay, Albania finally get the game started.
There's a delay to kick-off due to an issue with the anthems, so stay with us as the game should get started shortly.
The teams are out and kick-off is coming up next!
This is Tolisso’s first France start since the 2018 World Cup quarter-final against Uruguay and his first appearance since the Nations League draw against Germany a year ago. But he’s back in the squad for the first time since and starts today.
A number of high-profile absentees - including the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante - means Didier Deschamps’ options are limited. He opts for Tolisso and Matuidi in the middle, flanked by Lemar and Coman, while Guendouzi will have to settle for a debut from the bench. There’s also a start for Giroud, who leads the line with Griezmann just behind.
SUBS: Etrit Berisha, Ermir Lenjani, Frederic Veseli, Kristi Qose, Klaus Gjasula, Rey Manaj, Alban Hoxha, Egzon Binaku, Taulant Xhaka, Sokol Cikalleshi, Kastriot Dermaku, Marash Kumbulla.
ALBANIA XI (3-4-1-2): Thomas Strakosha; Ardian Ismajli, Berat Djimsiti, Mergim Mavraj; Elseid Hysaj, Ylber Ramadani, Amir Abrashi, Odise Roshi; Keide Bare; Myrto Uzuni, Bekim Balaj.
SUBS: Lucas Digne, Samuel Umtiti, Matteo Guendouzi, Moussa Sissoko, Steven N'zonzi, Nabil Fekir, Kurt Zouma, Mike Maignan, Jonathan Ikone, Alphonse Areola, Leo Dubois, Wissam Ben Yedder.
FRANCE XI (4-4-1-1): Hugo Lloris; Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Clement Lenglet, Lucas Hernandez; Kingsley Coman, Corentin Tolisso, Blaise Matuidi, Thomas Lemar; Antoine Griezmann; Olivier Giroud.
This is the eighth time France have played Albania, winning five, drawing one and losing one of the previous seven games. The 1-0 defeat was somewhat recent - coming in June 2015 - but France have never lost to today’s opponents at home.
Following a surprise 2-0 defeat to Turkey in June, France know that anything other than a victory will be costly to their campaign and could hand the initiative to the other two sides on nine points in Group H. But they have the toughest test in this round of fixtures against an Albania side who are still in with a shot of reaching Euro 2020 after two victories so far.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Euro 2020 qualifier between France and Albania.