Griezmann & Giroud on target in win over Wales

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first_imgFrance 2 Wales 0: Griezmann, Giroud on target for Les Bleus Patric Ridge Last updated 2 years ago 05:49 11/11/17 Griezmann - cropped Twitter (@equipedefrance) Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud both scored for France as Didier Deschamps’ side cruised to a 2-0 friendly victory over Wales. Antoine Griezmann proved his worth to France with a scintillating individual display as his volley, combined with Olivier Giroud’s second-half strike, helped Didier Deschamps’ side claim a 2-0 friendly win over Wales on Friday.Having cruised through their World Cup qualification campaign, the hosts were in fine form at Stade de France, with Griezmann at the heart of a vibrant first-half performance in Les Bleus’ first meeting with Wales since 1982.Following a lively opening, in which Kylian Mbappe struck the woodwork, Griezmann took matters into his own hands 18 minutes in – volleying home from Corentin Tolisso’s pinpoint pass – though Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey should have done better. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Shorn of the injured Gareth Bale, Wales – in their first match since missing out on a place in the World Cup qualification play-offs – improved after the interval, with Steve Mandanda at his best to deny Aaron Ramsey from point-blank range.Any hopes of a comeback for Chris Coleman’s side were ended with 19 minutes remaining, however, as Giroud tucked home in typically composed fashion.Samuel Umtiti and Benjamin Pavard almost added gloss to the triumph late on, but their misses mattered little, as Wales’ five-match unbeaten run on the road was brought to a halt.Victoire pour l’Equipe de France !! 2-0 ! Les buteurs ce soir : @AntoGriezmann et @_OlivierGiroud_ #FRAPDG— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) November 10, 2017France should have been ahead inside eight minutes – Blaise Matuidi and midfield partner Tolisso both wasteful from the edge of Wales’ area.Wales had Hennessey to thank moments later as he somehow turned Mbappe’s strike onto the crossbar, though he was then beaten far too easily for France’s opener.Griezmann did well to connect with Tolisso’s delicately-weighted throughball, the Atletico Madrid man executing an acrobatic over-the-shoulder volley which, despite lacking any real power, slipped through Hennessey’s grasp.10 – Antoine Griezmann is involved in 10 goals in his last 12 games with France (6 goals, 4 assists). Essential.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) November 10, 2017France continued to cause havoc – Ashley Williams ensuring Ben Davies’ error did not prove costly when Kinglsey Coman easily shrugged off the Tottenham defender.For all France’s domination, though, Wales could have been level on 36 minutes had Gunter made a better connection with Neil Taylor’s cross.Hennessey atoned for his earlier error with a superb stop minutes after the restart, lunging to his left to keep out Giroud’s venomous shot.Griezmann’s game came to an end just after the hour, France’s goalscorer receiving a standing ovation as he made way for the inform Nabil Fekir.Fekir’s impact was instantaneous when his brilliant corner found fellow substitute Steven N’Zonzi, who failed to direct his header on target.N’Zonzi’s miss almost proved costly, Mandanda pulling off an instinctive save to prevent Ramsey restoring parity following fine play from Wales debutant David Brooks.Wales’ resurgence was short-lived though – Giroud on hand to squeeze in a cute finish after great work from Mbappe.France could have made it three in the closing stages, with both Umtiti and Pavard both striking the upright as Les Bleus eased to a comfortable win. read morelast_img

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