France join Turkey at Euro 2020 after comeback victory over Moldova

marca.com, 14 November 2019, 17:46

Didier Deschamps' French side took full advantage of Turkey failing to defeat Iceland earlier on Wednesday evening, and a difficult victory over Moldova saw Les Bleus recapture top spot in Group H, securing their passage through to Euro 2020.

Having won the World Cup in the summer of 2018, this qualification process hasn't always gone the way in which the former Juventus midfielder had hoped, with his team failing to defeat Turkey in the two matches they've played against them.

Moldova were expected to pose a minimal threat to a rotated France team at the Stade de France, yet they found themselves ahead after just nine minutes of play, to the shock of the partisan home crowd.

Vadim Rata found the back of the net, and it looked as if France would need to improve tremendously in order to leapfrog Turkey in the standings.

It wouldn't be accurate to say France were at their blistering best for the remaining 81 minutes, but they grew into the game with Raphael Varane's header coming at the perfect moment to level the scores after 35 minutes of play.

France then missed a number of opportunities through Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann, but it was to be the former Arsenal goalscorer who would eventually hand France the lead.

With just 10 minutes left in the match, the disciplined defence of the travelling Moldova side broke down with Veaceslav Posmac committing a lazy foul with a sliding tackle in the penalty area.

The referee had no option but to point to the spot and Giroud dispatched the penalty into the right-hand side of the goal, ensuring that France head into their final group fixture against Albania in top spot.

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