Olivier Giroud's wonder-strike in vain as Sweden upset France

Antoine Griezmann looked sharp in training on Thursday afternoon at the Friends Arena
Antoine Griezmann looked sharp in training on Thursday afternoon at the Friends Arena
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12 June, 2017

Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo (C) celebrate scoring with his teammates during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Latvia and Portugal in Riga, on June 9, 2017.

The Swedes will be happy to let France have the lion's share of possession on Friday night, but Sweden coach Jan Andersson says they won't fall into the trap of giving the ball back to them.

The Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper raced out of his goal and booted the ball straight at opposition player Ola Toivonen, who managed to pick out an empty net from just inside his own half.

The Dutch go above Bulgaria who lost 2-1 in Belarus to stay on nine points.

Sweden equalised immediately thanks to a fine first-time finish by Jimmy Durmaz and the hosts completed the comeback in dramatic fashion in stoppage time.

The 2-1 defeat saw France fall behind Sweden who now lead Group A on goal difference. Earlier this year, it had beaten San Marino in a friendly for its first win after 86 consecutive matches.

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With the game into the third minute of injury time, a draw seemed certain until Lloris tried a reckless pass out from his penalty area.

It was his 31st global goal, which puts him two behind Arjen Robben after the winger opened the scoring in the 21st.

Veteran midfielder Wesley Sneijder - making a record 131st worldwide appearance on his 33rd birthday - slotted in a second after 35 minutes.

Andorra moved off the bottom of the table with a shock 1-0 win over Hungary at Estadi Nacional where a header from Marc Rebes brought to an end a run of 66 competitive matches without a victory.

Goals from Dries Mertens and Nacer Chadli allowed Belgium to outclass a resilient 10-man Estonia 2-0 in their World Cup qualifier in Tallinn and maintain top spot in Group H. The hosts had Artjom Dmitrijev sent off just before half-time with the score at 1-0.

"Of course we are capable of winning in France, the players will be ready, I have a good feeling", he said.


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