MARSEILLE, Sporting Alert – France is only three points away from booking a place in the UEFA Euro 2016 quarterfinals and the host will be looking for a win against Albania in the Group A in Marseille.
GOAL! FRANCE 2-0 ALBANIA (Payet 90+6)
Payet applies the finishing touch again for France. Wonderful ball forward from Pogba from the right-back position to pick out Gignac. He passes inside for Payet, who checks onto his right foot and bends a shot past the keeper.
GOAL! FRANCE 1-0 ALBANIA (Griezmann 90)
France have done it again, another late goal which surely will be the winner. Rami with a cross from the right and Griezmann is wide open in the middle of the box, 10 yards out, and glances a header into the corner.
Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann have both been dropped for the second game at Stade Velodrome, after they failed to impress the manager and were even substituted in the second half against Romania.
With Pogba and Griezmann left on the bench, the way is now paved for Manchester United winger Anthony Martial and Juventus midfielder Kingsley Coman to show their manager Didier Deschamps that they are capable of replacing the big boys.
This has also led to a new formation by Deschamps, switching from a 4-3-3 to a 4-2-3-1 tactic.
Olivier Giroud, who missed four chances against Romania before finally putting one in the back of the net, keeps his place, though, with opening game hero Dimitri Payet expected to play a more central role behind the main striker.
N’Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Bacary Sagna, Laurent Koscielny and Patrice Evra all start for France as well.
A win today for France will put them on six points, and an early passage into the knockout round.
Meanwhile, a defeat in the second game of the tournament for Albania would see them eliminated with one match still to be played.
Albania coach Giovanni De Biasi made three changes to the team that was beaten by Switzerland in the first game.
Arlind Ajeti replaces the suspended Lorik Cana in central defense, while Andi Lila coming in for Odise Roshi and Ledian Memushaj replacing Taulant Xhaka.
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Albania: Etrit Berisha, Andi Lila, Ermir Lenjani, Elseid Hysaj, Ansi Agolli, Ledian Memushaj, Armando Sadiku, Burim Kukeli, Mergim Mavraj, Arlind Ajeti, Amir Abrashi.
France: Hugo Lloris, Bacary Sagna, Adil Rami, Laurent Koscielny, Patrice Evra, Blaise Matuidi, N’Golo Kante, Kingsley Coman, Anthony Martial, Dimitri Payet, Olivier Giroud.