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France v Wales Live Commentary, 02/06/2021

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K. Mbappé (34)
A. Griezmann (47)
O. Dembélé (79)
Allianz Riviera


France's next friendly action will be against Bulgaria while Wales will host Albania this weekend. It's all valuable preparation for the more important games to come. That's all for now. Goodbye!
Deschamps will be pleased with the ruthlessness his side have displayed. Given they're grouped with Germany, Portugal and Hungary at the Euros they'll need to be at their best. Wales will take this defeat on the chin and move on. They won't play a side the quality of France every day and Ward caught the eye with some great goalkeeping.
France have shown why they're favourites to win the Euros with a comfortable win over Wales. Mbappe, Griezmann and Dembele all got on the scoresheet, and bringing Benzema back looks a canny move by Deschamps. Wales were always going to struggle after Neco Williams' dismissal, which had a touch of misfortune about it, but they still managed to test France in spells.
K. Moore
Yellow Card
90' + 2' Yellow Card Kieffer Moore
90' France are starting to slow their tempo, knowing the game's long been won. There'll be two more minutes of this.
88' Wales shouldn't be too disheartened by this result. They might have conceded three goals here but France are a top side. Prior to this game they'd conceded just seven goals in 13 games, six of them against England and Belgium.
86' Digne unleashes a rocket towards goal and it's deflected into the side netting. France take the corner short and Benzema fires over the crossbar from the edge of the box. France look an even more menacing prospect now Benzema is back in the fold.
W. Ben Yedder
A. Griezmann
84' France make a change as Ben Yedder gets a runout. Griezmann heads off. The Barcelona man has done his bit for France here, with his goal early in the second half essentially sealing their win.
84' France almost grab a fourth goal from a corner! It comes in and Benzema heads straight at Ward from the centre of the box. Ward, who's fended off France admirably, pushes it away instinctively.
R. Colwill
J. Morrell
83' Wales make another substitution. 19-year-old Colwill replaces Morrell for his first senior cap.
81' Dembele looks to find the net again as he tries to beat Ward with a powerful strike from distance. Ward confidently plucks the ball from out of the air.
O. Dembélé
79' Goal Ousmane Dembélé
77' France are on course to stay unbeaten in their friendly games in Nice. They're heading for four friendlies without defeat at the Allianz Riviera now. All their previous games here before this game were between 2014 and 2018.
75' France set up their defensive wall complete with the now-customary man lying down behind it. What's the name for it? Draught excluder? Anyway, Brooks tries to clip the free-kick over the wall but France's defenders do their job.
Yellow Card
74' Ramsey reaches a direct pass from Moore and is nudged over by Varane in the D just outside the penalty area. Varane's shown a yellow card for the foul.
O. Dembélé
K. Mbappé
73' France make a change too. Dembele replaces one of France's goalscorers Mbappe.
D. Brooks
D. James
73' Wales substitution. James gets an early rest. Brooks takes his place.
72' Wales have been playing what looks like a 3-4-2 since Ben Davies came on. It's helped them quell France's threat somewhat.
70' Mbappe takes down Coman's cross from the left and twists this way and that before laying off to Benzema. Benzema rattles a shot against a defender to win France another corner which Wales manage to deal with. Ward claims Kimpembe's header.
68' Digne plays a triangular pass to find the surge of Mbappe into the six-yard box but Ward is on hand to steer the ball to safety. Rabiot's follow-up from range is closed down.
66' To their credit Wales haven't stopped working, even when circumstances have gone against them. Page will be pleased with the shift his players are putting in.
65' Chance for Wales! Ramsey slips James into the box and forces Lloris into a decent save at his near post. The rebound lands to Connor Roberts whose shot is blocked. Gunter arrives late to blast over.
M. Sissoko
C. Tolisso
64' Tolisso also heads off. Sissoko takes his place in midfield for France.
K. Coman
P. Pogba
63' France make some changes. Pogba makes way for Coman.
62' Meanwhile France keep coming, winning another two corners. For the second Digne latches onto a cross at the far post and Connor Roberts makes an important block. Both times Wales defend well.
B. Davies
C. Mepham
59' Last to come on for now for Wales is Ben Davies. He replaces Chris Mepham at centre-back.
A. Ramsey
H. Wilson
59' Wilson is the next Wales man to go off. Ramsey, another of their star men, comes on.
D. Levitt
J. Allen
59' Allen heads off next. Levitt is his replacement for Wales.
K. Moore
G. Bale
59' Wales make a raft of changes. First on is Moore who replaces Bale.
57' Tolisso receives a pass from Benzema and sends a lovely flicked ball over the top for the striker in return. Connor Roberts is well-placed to cut it out.
56' Pogba lets rip at goal from way out. It's straight at Ward, who's doing his hopes of starting for Wales in the Euros no harm at all here.
55' France keep ticking over as Griezmann almost finds a gap in the Welsh defence. Allen hooks clear but Wales have nowhere to go.
53' Wales get a decent opportunity as Connor Roberts shapes to strike at goal. Kimpembe sticks a foot in to intercept just in time and hand France a goal-kick.
51' Benzema looks to get on the end of a cross floated into the box. A Wales defender does just enough to put the striker off.
49' This could be a slow second half for Wales. No doubt at this point Page would take just getting all of his players out of Nice in one piece.
K. Mbappé
47' Assist Kylian Mbappé Lottin
A. Griezmann
47' Goal Antoine Griezmann
47' The 10 men of Wales get the second half going. Let's see if they can salvage anything from the poor hand they've been given.
L. Digne
L. Hernández
46' Digne also comes on for France. It's a straight swap with Hernandez at left-back.
J. Koundé
B. Pavard
46' France make two substitutions at half-time. The Sevilla defender Kounde comes on for Pavard first.
France would be right to feel confident of seeing this game out now. The hosts have won 18 of their last 23 matches, although four of the five matches they've failed to win in that run have come on home soil. Wales have lost their last eight away friendly matches, failing to score in their last seven. That run looks set to continue unless they can spring a surprise in the second half.
France go in at the break with the lead thanks to a poacher's goal from Mbappe. Wales will be disappointed to be behind and down to 10 men after Neco Williams was sent off for handball, although Ward at least limited the damage by saving Benzema's penalty. More of this to come!
45' + 1' France block Bale's cross and Wales will get a corner to end the half. James swings it in and the rebound lands to Wilson. Wilson can't master the ball though and his effort goes well wide. That's all for now.
45' There'll be just the one minute of added time in what's been an eventful first half.
44' Wales get a rare opportunity to put the ball into France's box as Tolisso makes a poor challenge. Wilson's free-kick doesn't worry France too much.
42' Mbappe blows a good chance to grab his second goal of the game and make it 2-0 to France! The Paris Saint-Germain star fires over from inside the box after a lovely build-up.
40' Griezmann's corner finds its way to Benzema. The Madrid striker nods at goal from the penalty spot but it goes wide of the left-hand post.
39' France get another corner as Pavard's cross into the box is blocked. Griezmann will come across to take it.
37' Pavard's speculative cross into the box is cleared. If Wales make it to half-time just one goal down, they'll consider that a job well done.
K. Mbappé
34' Goal Kylian Mbappé Lottin
34' France nearly break the deadlock! Griezmann fires low from the edge of the box. Ward is wrongfooted but manages to make the save with his feet. It doesn't matter though...
32' France win two corners in a row as Griezmann's initial cross is cleared before his corner ends the same way. Wales are defending as best they can.
30' France's latest attack breaks down as Mbappe strays offside. Up the other end Bale swings a cross into the box but Lloris claims it easily.
D. Ward
Penalty Save
27' Penalty Save Danny Ward
K. Benzema
Penalty Miss
27' Penalty Miss Karim Benzema
N. Williams
Red Card
26' Red Card Neco Williams
24' PENALTY FOR FRANCE! Neco Williams is ruled to have committed handball and France will get the chance to take the lead from the spot. That's very harsh on Williams. The defender did raise his arms but it was partly to defend himself with the ball coming at him so quickly.
22' Chance for France! Pogba nods a header towards the far post but Ward pulls off a fantastic save to claw it off the line. Benzema attacks the ball on the follow-up and it's blocked by Neco Williams at close range. France want a penalty for handball. The referee's asked to go over to the monitor to take a look...
20' Wales are clearly in for a test here. They've won just one of their five previous meetings with France, winning 1-0 in Toulouse back in 1982. Ian Rush scored the winner in that game.
18' Wales win a corner which James takes short but Mepham is flagged offside. Mbappe beats Rodon near the byline and floats in a cross that Gunter nods out for a corner. Griezmann's corner is punched out by Ward for a France throw-in on the opposite side.
16' Mbappe goes on one of his usual solo runs but finds his path to goal blocked. Wales will get a goal-kick.
14' Wilson shoots from the edge of the box but fires wide. Wales are having to be patient but they're having their moments.
12' Griezmann looks to find a teammate with a pass but Wales are holding firm. The visitors are having to do lots of defending so far.
10' France are doing plenty of probing with the ball, forcing Wales to stay compact. Pogba pings a direct pass out wide to Pavard but the right-back's unable to keep it in play.
8' Morrell takes a pot shot from range but it's blocked. France are seeing plenty of the ball of these opening stages but Wales are looking alert.
6' It's been a lively start with both goalkeepers already called into action early on. Lloris in particular will be hoping for a good game. This is the 100th game he's started as captain for France.
4' Now Wales have a big chance! James jinks down the left-hand channel to cross low into the six-yard box, spooking Lloris enough to spill it. Allen arrives on the scene but a defender puts him off just enough to make him send his shot wide.
3' Chance for France! Pogba sends a delicious cross into the box from the right and Benzema gets across his marker to flick it towards Ward. Ward dives to his right to keep it out. That was almost a dream comeback for the France striker.
2' France start the game on the front foot as their left-back Hernandez crosses from the left and Wales clear.
1' The hosts France get this game underway!
The two teams are out on the pitch in Nice. The pair stand for their respective national anthems before the referee chats with the captains Lloris and Bale. Strangely, a remote control car delivers the match ball to the centre circle.
Caretaker Wales boss Rob Page also makes two changes to his team from their 1-0 win over the Czech Republic last time out. Gunter and Allen come in for Ampadu and Lawrence.
France boss Didier Deschamps names a side with two changes from the team that beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-0 in March. Benzema's return from international exile is obviously the headline as the Real Madrid man slots in up front. Tolisso also starts.
SUBS: David Brooks, Ben Cabango, Rubin Colwill, Adam Davies, Ben Davies, Wayne Hennessey, Dylan Levitt, Kieffer Moore, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Aaron Ramsey, Tyler Roberts, Jonny Williams.
WALES (4-4-2): Danny Ward; Chris Gunter, Joe Rodon, Chris Mepham, Connor Roberts; Harry Wilson, Joe Allen, Neco Williams, Joe Morrell; Gareth Bale (c), Daniel James.
SUBS: Wissam Ben Yedder, Kingsley Coman, Ousmane Dembele, Lucas Digne, Leo Dubois, Jules Kounde, Clement Lenglet, Mike Maignan, Steve Mandanda, Moussa Sissoko, Marcus Thuram.
FRANCE (4-3-3): Hugo Lloris; Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Hernandez; Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso, Adrien Rabiot; Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe.
Wales will be excited after qualifying for their second European Championship finals in a row. After famously reaching the Euros semi-finals last time around in 2016, in-form Wales will relish this chance to test themselves against the French, currently ranked number two in the world.
Reigning world champions France welcome Wales to Nice for their first friendly match in the run-up to Euro 2020. Les Bleus should feel confident going into the tournament, despite losing their last friendly 2-0 to Finland in Paris last November.
Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary of this international friendly match between France and Wales at the Allianz Riviera, Nice.