European Championship Qualifying - Group H
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France 2-1 Moldova: Olivier Giroud winner sends top

Raphael Varane equalise
Raphael Varane took advantage of striker Olivier Giroud and keeper Alexei Koselev's clash in the six-yard box

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud scored the winner from the penalty spot as world champions France came from a goal down to beat Moldova in their Euro 2020 qualifier and move top of Group H.

France's qualification was secured before kick-off, thanks to second-placed Turkey's home draw with Iceland.

Vadim Rata put Moldova 1-0 up after nine minutes, pouncing on a poor header by Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet.

France's Raphael Varane equalised before Giroud made it 2-1.

Didier Deschamps' side travel to Albania for their final Euro 2020 qualifier on Sunday and will win the group as long as they avoid defeat, though they will still finish top if Turkey fail to get a result in Andorra on the same day.

Giroud came close on several occasions before putting away the penalty won by Everton defender Lucas Digne - striking wide in the first half before his diving header flew inches past the keeper's right post.

The striker has now scored four goals in his last five internationals, despite netting just once for Chelsea this season, in the Uefa Super Cup defeat by Liverpool in August.

Paris St-Germain's Kylian Mbappe was also denied from close range after the break - one of five shots on target from France, who enjoyed 76% of the possession.

Line-ups

France

  • 16Mandanda
  • 2Pavard
  • 4Varane
  • 5Lenglet
  • 19DigneBooked at 73mins
  • 13Kanté
  • 12Tolisso
  • 10Mbappé
  • 7Griezmann
  • 11ComanSubstituted forLemarat 88'minutes
  • 9Giroud

Substitutes

  • 1Areola
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 6Ndombele
  • 8Lemar
  • 14Guendouzi
  • 15Zouma
  • 17Sissoko
  • 18Fekir
  • 20Ben Yedder
  • 21Dubois
  • 22Mendy
  • 23Maignan

Moldova

  • 23Koselev
  • 15JardanBooked at 54minsSubstituted forGraurat 68'minutes
  • 14CraciunBooked at 38mins
  • 5PosmacBooked at 77mins
  • 3Armas
  • 4Platica
  • 8Carp
  • 10Cociuc
  • 7Ionita
  • 11GinsariSubstituted forMilinceanuat 74'minutes
  • 20RataBooked at 34minsSubstituted forPatrasat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Rusu
  • 6Focsa
  • 9Belousov
  • 12Cebotari
  • 13Cojocari
  • 17Oancea
  • 18Patras
  • 19Damascan
  • 21Milinceanu
  • 22Graur
Referee:
Gediminas Mazeika
Attendance:
64,367

Match Stats

Home TeamFranceAway TeamMoldova
Possession
Home77%
Away23%
Shots
Home17
Away2
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, France 2, Moldova 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, France 2, Moldova 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Raphael Varane (France).

  4. Post update

    Dinu Graur (Moldova) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, France. Conceded by Veaceslav Posmac.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lucas Digne (France) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann.

  7. Post update

    Corner, France. Conceded by Igor Armas.

  8. Post update

    Corner, France. Conceded by Igor Armas.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (France) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Benjamin Pavard.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, France. Thomas Lemar replaces Kingsley Coman.

  11. Post update

    Kylian Mbappé (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Eugeniu Cociuc (Moldova).

  13. Post update

    Kylian Mbappé (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Artur Craciun (Moldova).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Benjamin Pavard (France).

  16. Post update

    Nicolae Milinceanu (Moldova) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Moldova. Arthur Patras replaces Vadim Rata.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Antoine Griezmann (France) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kylian Mbappé.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! France 2, Moldova 1. Olivier Giroud (France) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  20. Booking

    Veaceslav Posmac (Moldova) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England76013362718
2Czech Rep75021310315
3Kosovo73221312111
4Montenegro8035322-193
5Bulgaria7034517-123

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ukraine76101521319
2Portugal74212061414
3Serbia74121515013
4Luxembourg7115714-74
5Lithuania8017525-201

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands65011971215
2Germany65012061415
3Northern Ireland640287112
4Belarus7115412-84
5Estonia7016221-191

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1R. of Ireland733164212
2Denmark63301651112
3Switzerland6321125711
4Georgia7223710-38
5Gibraltar6006219-170

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia7421146814
2Hungary740389-112
3Slovakia6312108210
4Wales62226608
5Azerbaijan6015514-91

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain86201951420
2Sweden8431189915
3Romania8422178914
4Norway82511310311
5Faroe Islands8107423-193
6Malta8107218-163

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland86111321119
2Austria85121771016
3North Macedonia83231011-111
4Slovenia8323138511
5Israel83231515011
6Latvia8008227-250

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France97112361722
2Turkey96211631320
3Iceland95131210216
4Albania94141612413
5Andorra9117318-154
6Moldova9108324-213

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium88003012924
2Russia87012742321
3Cyprus83141312110
4Scotland83051117-69
5Kazakhstan8215913-47
6San Marino8008043-430

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy88002532224
2Finland8503128415
3Armenia83141315-210
4Bos-Herze83141714310
5Greece8224913-48
6Liechtenstein8026225-232
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