Coman stars again as France ease past Andorra
Kingsley Coman set France on their way to a 3-0 win over Andorra in Euro 2020 qualifying on Tuesday as the World Cup holders moved another step closer to a place at next year's finals.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Euro 2020 qualifying Group H
France 3 - 0 Andorra
Coman opened the scoring at the Stade de France before Clément Lenglet and Wissam Ben Yedder added second-half goals for Didier Deschamps' team. Antoine Griezmann had earlier missed a penalty but this was a comfortable victory against a battling Andorra side who nevertheless remain pointless.
France now have 15 points from six games in qualifying Group H and are level on points with Turkey, who visit here during the next international break next month. Just before that game, Les Bleus will go to Iceland, who lie three points off the pace in the section after a 4-2 reverse in Albania on Tuesday.
Les Bleus were playing their 100th game at the national stadium but were missing some star quality with the injured Kylian Mbappé among those absent. However, LOSC winger Jonathan Ikoné was rewarded for his impressive showing from the bench in the 4-1 win over Albania at the weekend as he started on the right flank.
There was also a start behind him for the Olympique Lyonnais full-back Léo Dubois, who won his third cap. However, it was Ikoné who made the opening goal in the 18th minute for Coman, the Bayern Munich star holding off his marker before finishing high into the net.
France had chances to double their lead before the interval, none better than when Griezmann won a penalty only to see his effort saved by Josep Gomes (28').
Lenglet breaks duck
Nevertheless, when Moussa Sissoko was fouled just outside the area seven minutes into the second half, it was Griezmann who flighted in the resulting free-kick for his Barcelona colleague Lenglet to head home a first international goal (52').
Andorra refused to cave in, with Gomes saving brilliantly from a Coman header. The visitors were also helped as Sissoko headed off the underside of the bar from another Griezmann delivery midway through the second half and Coman hit the same piece of woodwork from a Lucas Digne cutback moments later.
The third goal did arrive in stoppage time, though. Nabil Fekir's free-kick was saved by Gomes but there was his fellow substitute Ben Yedder to convert the rebound for his second international goal on his fifth cap - he also netted in the 4-0 win in Andorra in June.
THE PLAYER: Kingsley Coman
The Bayern man won 15 caps between November 2015 and November 2017 before losing his way, hampered by injuries. He missed the triumphant World Cup campaign last year but has returned to the international fold since the end of last season. His goal here opened the scoring and followed a brace in Saturday's 4-1 defeat of Albania at the same venue. He had netted just once in 17 caps before this burst of three in two outings.
THE STAT: 100
This was France's 100th match at the Stade de France, the famous venue in Saint-Denis which opened just prior to their victorious 1998 World Cup campaign.