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France vs Albania Live Score and Commentary

France
FT
2 - 0
Albania
A. Griezmann 90'
D. Payet 90'+6'
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FT - Dimitri Payet is the genuine superstar on the pitch as he kept France ticking when everyone else failed. Now they've qualified for the knockout stage, and he's been their key player. The Albanians were near perfect, playing a splendid defensive match but eventually being broken by Griezmann. It's France 2-0 Albania
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90(+6)' GOAL!!! Dimitri Payet shatters Albanian hearts with a cruel, cruel curling strike on the break as Gignac loses it. He waltzes into the box and dribbles Xhaka before curling it past Berisha's far post with another late strike. He's France's talisman - the best player on the pitch by a mile.
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90 (+5)' De Biasi is furious and he palms his assistant on the arm. Mavraj is getting treatment now, and he's up again. The Albanian fighting spirit is commendable, but France have all the superstars
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90(+5)' The French fans are bellowing out their team's name as they survive at the end, just as in the previous match. Griezmann was unmarked for that header - the only mistake Albania made in an otherwise perfect defensive performance. They're up now, chasing the game and Mavraj is injured as Koscielny and him go head-to-head.
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90 (+5)' Albania are broken right at the end, and it's 5 minutes of added time. Is there more late drama in this game, or has Griezmann stolen it right at the death? Terribly painful for the Albanians
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GOAL!!! Antoine Griezmann saves the game for France with a header into the far post from a brilliant cross by Rami right at the death!
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88' CHANCE! Albani on the counter but it's blocked - France right back up the other way and Payet with a gilded touch cleans Hysaj away for Matudidi to cross. Corner for France and its taken quickly
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Booking: 87' Pogba falls down with a poor control, and Kante fouls Lenjani on the counter. Yellow card
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86' Throw-in for the French in the Albanian half. Another one as Sadiku marshalls it out. Payet and France back on the front foot.
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84' Payet with the delivery, but it's cleared. Sagna throws it back into play, Matudi wins the header and Gignac takes a poor cross which goes out for a goal kick. Deschamps cajoling his men on the touchline
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SUB: 84' Ajeti goes off for Frederic Veseli, to a roaring Albanian applause and furious French jeers. He's been amazing.
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83' Payet to Matuidi who fires and is blocked - Kante takes the rebound but it's deflected wide. Will Payet make this corner count?
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82' CHANCE! Griezmann flies at the ball but Ajeti holds his him off in the air. Sagna misses the rebound, and the away team get us underway
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82' That man Payet standing over the free-kick and he very, very nearly scores from a million miles away. De Biasi and his assistant tear their heads off like synchronized swimmers on the touchline!
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Booking: Abrashi is booked for fouling Matuidi as he tore off on the counter.
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80' Only 10 minutes left for this star-studded French squad to find a winner. They don't look like it
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79' Albania are proving immensely difficult to break down. They're up on the attack now - keeping calm and steady. Splendid movement from the defenders, who aren't shy to go up either
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78' Payet with some splendid footwork in the box cross to Sagna who fires wide. Gignac picks up a ball that looked lost but it was wasted eventually
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SUB: 76' Andre-Gignac for Olivier Giroud - the Arsenal striker has had a tough game
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75' The free-kick is poor but Albania get the ball back and send it forward. They're taking the game to France now, and Hysaj whips in a cross too high. Sagna wins a throw-in
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74' Patrice Evra trips substitute Odise Roshi now, and Lenjani is up for the freekick on the left flank. 6, 7 Albanian players up
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SUB: 73' Now it's Pogba with the foul & game is halted. Taulant Xhaka receiving instructions as he comes on for Burim Kukeli
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71' The ball is out, Payet takes it and whips in yet another cross but it's cleared by Ajeti. Agolli goes on a brilliant slaloming run and Kante clearly trips him but strangely, no foul?
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SUB: Andi Lila is off for Odise Roshi as the Albanians tire.
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70' France break again but Pogba's back-heel was terribly misjudged. Matuidi flies for a cross but there's no way he's reaching that.
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CHANCE!!!! Incredible - how have France not scored? Evra crosses beautifully for Giroud, who completely beats Berisha but just hits the foot of the post. Extremely unlucky
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SUB: And it's Coman off for Antoine Griezmann, who has much to prove
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66' The French are pushing their lines way up in search of an opener. Jeers can be heard just as loud as chants as fans on both sides experience mixed emotions. Coman with lots of space begs for the ball but his first-time cross for Giroud is headed wide.
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65' Albania are growing into this fixture, looking more and more like they've got the French on lock. Thy shouldn't drop their concentration levels even a notch though, as the French keep pressing hard.
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64' Pogba challenges Mavraj and wins a corner. Payet once again - he is easily the best set-piece taker on the pitch, but it's cleared. Berisha collects his second attempt from the loose ball as it's blocked!
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63' The French are trying to bypass the Albanian back-line, but they're far too mobile for that. Coman dribbles Hysak brilliantly but his cross is not met with any danger
D. Payet
assist: A. Gignac
90'+6'
A. Griezmann
assist: A. Rami
90'
N. Kanté
88'
85'
F. Veseli
Arlind Ajeti
81'
A. Abrashi
A. Gignac
O. Giroud
77'
74'
T. Xhaka
B. Kukeli
71'
O. Roshi
A. Lila
A. Griezmann
K. Coman
68'
55'
B. Kukeli
P. Pogba
A. Martial
46'
Tournament EURO 2016 - Week 2
Stadium Stade Vélodrome
Match time Thu, 16 Jun 2016, 12:30 AM
Albania (4-1-4-1)
Giovanni De Biasi (Manager)
1
H. Lloris
3
P. Evra
21
L. Koscielny
4
A. Rami
19
B. Sagna
14
B. Matuidi
5
N. Kanté
11
A. Martial
8
D. Payet
20
K. Coman
9
O. Giroud
1
E. Berisha
7
A. Agolli
15
M. Mavraj
18
Arlind Ajeti
4
E. Hysaj
13
B. Kukeli
3
E. Lenjani
9
L. Memushaj
22
A. Abrashi
2
A. Lila
10
A. Sadiku
Albania (4-1-4-1)
Giovanni De Biasi (Manager)
France Subs
6
Y. Cabaye
23
B. Costil
17
L. Digne
10
A. Gignac
7
A. Griezmann
2
C. Jallet
16
S. Mandanda
13
E. Mangala
15
P. Pogba
12
M. Schneiderlin
18
M. Sissoko
22
S. Umtiti
Albania Subs
17
N. Aliji
19
B. Balaj
8
M. Basha
16
S. Cikalleshi
11
S. Gashi
23
Alban Hoxha I
20
E. Kaçe
21
O. Roshi
12
O. Shehi
6
F. Veseli
14
T. Xhaka
60% POSSESSION 40%
22 SHOTS 8
2 SHOTS ON GOAL 0
16 FOULS 13
6 CORNERS 4
1 OFFSIDES 1
1 YELLOW CARDS 2
0 RED CARDS 0
0 SAVES 0
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
Group A
1 France 3 2 1 0 3 7
2 Switzerland 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Albania 3 1 0 2 -2 3
4 Romania 3 0 1 2 -2 1
Group B
1 Wales 3 2 0 1 3 6
2 England 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Slovakia 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Russia 3 0 1 2 -4 1
Group C
1 Germany 3 2 1 0 3 7
2 Poland 3 2 1 0 2 7
3 Northern Ireland 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Ukraine 3 0 0 3 -5 0
Group D
1 Croatia 3 2 1 0 2 7
2 Spain 3 2 0 1 3 6
3 Turkey 3 1 0 2 -2 3
4 Czech Republic 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group E
1 Italy 3 2 0 1 2 6
2 Belgium 3 2 0 1 2 6
3 Republic of Ireland 3 1 1 1 -2 4
4 Sweden 3 0 1 2 -2 1
Group F
1 Hungary 3 1 2 0 2 5
2 Iceland 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Portugal 3 0 3 0 0 3
4 Austria 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Updated: Jun 16, 2016 02:30 AM | Published: Jun 15, 2016 19:35 PM