UEFA EURO Qualifiers: Iceland Vs France 0 – 1 [HIGHLIGHTS]
After a hard-fought by the Deschamps men, an Olivier Giroud penalty helped France to a 1 – 0 win over Iceland on Friday, October 11.
A torrid evening for Barcelona man Antoine Griezmann, whom the compact Iceland defense niggled away at regularly, the referee awarded a penalty for a sneaky kick on 66 minutes.
Regardless of little enjoying time at Chelsea this season, Giroud retains the religion of Deschamps and the 33-year-old fired a positive strike previous Hannes Halldorsson with an assured spot-kick.
With 37 worldwide objectives, Giroud is third within the all-time scoring standings for France, behind Thierry Henry on 51 and Michel Platini on 41.
Already lacking Pogba and the fleet-footed Mbappe, France additionally misplaced their midfield metronome N’Golo Kante to a hamstring pressure within the warm-up.
However, the Euro 2016 finalists loved 75 p.c possession with Blaise Matuidi and Moussa Sissoko having fun with a substantial amount of the ball on the left.
Matuidi hit the put up on 77 minutes after a neat cutback from Bayern Munich midfielder Kingsley Coman and late substitute Wissam Ben Yedder virtually added a late second.
Giroud had picked up a yellow card for dissent after a penalty attraction for handball within the first half because the guests fared poorly towards a strong dwelling defense.
Within the French purpose Steve Mandanda, in for Hugo Lloris after his dislocated elbow final weekend, made his first save on 30 minutes into the sport and was little troubled thereafter.