Albania 0-2 France: Corentin Tolisso and Antoine Griezmann score as France finish top of Euro 2020 qualifying Group H
- Corentin Tolisso and Antoine Griezmann scored as France won 2-0 vs Albania
- The victory ensured the World Champions finished top of their qualifying group
- Tolisso opened scoring with a header in eighth minute before Griezmann netted
- The game was the first to played at Albania’s new Arena Kombetare Stadium
Antoine Griezmann scored one and created another as France secured top spot in their Euro 2020 qualifying group with a 2-0 win in Albania.
The Barcelona forward set up the opener for Corentin Tolisso after eight minutes and followed up with the second just after the half-hour in Albania’s first match at the new Arena Kombetare.
It was the perfect way for the world champions to celebrate Didier Deschamps’ 100th match as manager of France, who were already qualified, and ensured they finished two points ahead of Turkey in Group H.
Antoine Griezmann celebrates after his goal doubled France’s lead against Albania
Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso opened the scoring for France in the eighth minute
Tolisso managed to find the net with a header as France took an early lead against Albania
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, named in the side with Kylian Mbappe out through illness, hit the woodwork in the second half of a dominant display.
France got off to a superb start as Tolisso met Griezmann’s cross from the left with a superb header at the near post.
Griezmann was at the heart of most of France’s good play and he doubled the lead in the 31st minute.
A deep cross from Presnel Kimpembe had Albania back-pedalling and Leo Dubois cut across the area. He did get a lucky deflection off Frederic Veseli – who was once on the books of Manchester City and United – but his pull-back was clinically tucked away by Griezmann.
Tolisso is congratulated by his jubilant French team-mates following his goal in Tirana
France defender Ferland Mendy attempts to push forward while being tracked by Elseid Hysaj
France striker Olivier Giroud competes in an aerial duel during the Euro 2020 qualifier
Albania: Berisha; Hysaj (Trashi 82), Djimsiti, Dermaku, Veseli; Bare, Gjasula, Lenjani (Roshi 46); Qose (Memushaj 46); Manaj, Balaj
Subs: Strakosha, Memolla, Ramadani, Hoxha, Sulejmanov, Mihaj, Uzuni, Ndoj, Ismajli
France: Mandanda; Kimpembe, Varane, Lenglet; Dubois (Pavard 88), Tolisso, Sissoko, Mendy (Digne 75); Griezmann; Ben Yedder (Fekir 85), Giroud
Subs: Ndombele, Lemar, Maignan, Kante, Mbappe, Guendouzi, Zouma, Areola
Goals: Tolisso 8, Griezmann 31
Griezmann almost created a third before the break from a corner but Clement Lenglet headed over unmarked from seven yards.
Albania threatened early in the second half as Elseid Hysaj slid in to shoot wide and Rei Manaj…