FULL TIME! France win 2-1. Croatia deserved more but class told in the end with Pogba and Mbappe combining.
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Croatia - France
UEFA Nations League - 14 October 2020
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Five added minutes as Pogba and Lovren are booked
CHANCE! Again, Croatia squander a golden opportunity. Kramaric can't connect and Lloris collects.
SHOT! Great effort by Kovacic, which Lloris holds at the second time of asking.
- OffNikola VlasicCroatia
- OnAndrej KramaricCroatia
Andrej Kramaric is on for Vlasic
- OffLucas DigneFrance
- OnLucas HernándezFrance
Lucas Hernandez is on for Digne.
- OffAntoine GriezmannFrance
- OnOlivier GiroudFrance
Olivier Giroud replaces Griezmann.
GOOOOOAAAALLL!!! Mbappe finishes, but what a ball by Pogba!
- OffIvan PerišicCroatia
- OnDomagoj BradaricCroatia
Bradaric replaces Perisic.
CHANCE! Pogba has a shot saved, and Varane can't guide the rebound home.
- OffAdrien RabiotFrance
- OnPaul PogbaFrance
Pogba is on for Rabiot. France need a spark.
It is the least Croatia deserve after picking up in the last 15 minutes of the first half.
- GoalNikola VlasicCroatia
GOOOOAAAAALLLL! Vlasic scores!
- OffCorentin TolissoFrance
- OnEduardo CamavingaFrance
Eduardo Camavinga is on for Tolisso.
- OffAnthony MartialFrance
- OnKingsley ComanFrance
France are also making a double change... Kingsley Coman replaces Martial.
- OffBruno PetkovicCroatia
- OnAnte BudimirCroatia
Ante Budamir makes his second Croatia appearance, replacing Petkovic.
Modric gets to the byline and nearly finds a cross, but it is cleared. France need to get a grip on the game.
Steven N'Zonzi has been a quiet hero for France whenever Croatoa have stepped it up, He heads clear a cross.
Decent shot from Vlasic, just flashes wide. Lloris looked to have it covered. Kovacic has made a positive impact for Croatia.
CHANCE! Perisic plays in the perfect byline cross. Nobody was there. Brekalo and Petkovic both appeared to expect the pullback.
- 2nd Half
Second half underway. No French changes yet.
- OffMilan BadeljCroatia
- OnMateo KovacicCroatia
Mateo Kovacic is on in place of Milan Badelj
- OffMario PasalicCroatia
- OnJosip BrekaloCroatia
Josip Brekalo replaces Pasalic for Croatia.
HALF TIME! France lead through Antoine Griezmann's early strike.
Lenglet heads Griezmann's cross wide! Unlucky.
France have a free kick outside the box to the left. Martial was fouled by Uremovic.
Apologies... had some technical issues. France have been on top for most of this half, but Croatia have ben threatening a lot lately. The visitors need half time.
Croatia enjoying themselves here. But they need to make this momentum count. France's narrow formation finally being exposed a little more.
CHANCE! Croatia have been better in the last few minutes. Perisic and Vlasic combine, but Pasalic can't finish in the middle. Important block.
Croatia are clearly looking to counter when they can. Lenglet fouls Petkovic after the home side break the lines. Perisic's kick is over.
That looked a foul... France get in behind again, but Martial is hauled down by Vida. No VAR, but it should have been a penalty.
WHAT A MISS! How hasn't Mbappe scored? He plays the ball into Martial, who then returns the favour, but the PSG forward can't convert with the goal gaping. This is all too easy for France.
The ball is kicked out because Petkovic was hurt by a challenge from Varane. Play has resumed.
France are dominating the ball and have been since before scoring. Kylian Mbappe is popping up everywhere. Luka Modric has been a passenger foer the hosts.
- GoalAntoine GriezmannFrance
GOOOAAAAL! France lead, Griezmann's finish is emphatic. It is poor defending, as Croatia fail to clear Ferland Mendy's cross and left him free in the area.
- Yellow cardNikola VlasicCroatia
Nikola Vlasic joins him in the book for Croatia.
- Yellow cardLucas DigneFrance
Lucas Digne booked for a foul on Filip Uremovic. He'll have to be careful now.
After Mbappe pushed on, Croatia countered and enjoyed a sustained bit of peessure. France survive, though. Lively start.
Martial and Mbappe look central with Griezmann deeper. But they will split and allow the Barcelona man to get forward.
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And we're off!
National anthems done. All set!
The team's are emerging!
I mentioned Croatia's home record... France have won their last four away games without conceding.
France have been warming up. Kick off is coming up...
15 minutes until kick off! What are your predictions?
France have won five of their last six, so one good run of form may have to fall away tonight.
If you think this one will be easy for France, you should think again. Croatia have won their last three home games. Les will have to be c'est magnifique to get the win...
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France are second in the group coming into tonight, having drawn 0-0 on a rather flat evening with Portugal last week. With that front three, they'll need to be much more proactive in attack.
Meanwhile, Croatia have left Mateo Kovacic on the bench. Paul Pogba is sitting out for France, who bring in Steven N'Zonzi. The midfield battle will undoubtedly be crucial tonight.
It is interesting that Didier Deschamps has opted for three up front, with Anthony Martial and Kylian Mbappe flanking Antoine Griezmann. That is a lot of pace, with Olivier Giroud on the bench.
France will know that victory will almost certainly put Croatia out of contention for progression to the next stage of the Nations League. The last time these sides met, in Paris last month, Les Bleus won 4-2. It was a repeat score of the 2018 World Cup final.
Croatia line up for the match.
This is how France will line up tonight!
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