That's full-time, France have won it 4-2.
- 2nd Half
- Giroud (P)77'
- Ben YedderGiroud63'
- 1/2 Time
- 1st Half
- Livakovic (o.g.)45'
France - Croatia
UEFA Nations League - 8 September 2020
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Martial tries to dance through two challenges on the left of the area and almost makes it, but the ball breaks loose to Livakovic who boots the ball clear.
We'll have a minimum of four additional minutes.
OFF THE POST! That said, Vlasic spins and shoots in one movement on the edge of the box, only to see his low drive smash off the post and bounce out to safety.
The sting has gone out of this game a little, we're drifting to full-time here.
Excellent play from Camavinga as he goes on a long run all the way to the byline, and cuts it back to MArtial whose shot is blocked behind for a corner.
Kramaric tries to curl one into the top corner from the edge of the area, but it goes high over the bar.
- OffAntoine GriezmannFrance
- OnNabil FekirFrance
From the replay that looked extremely harsh as the ball popped up from a low cross and hit Brozovic on the elbow, and Croatia were denied a similar appeal earlier in the half. Griezmann has gone off for France, replaced by Nabil Fekir.
- Goal by penaltyOlivier GiroudFrance
GOAL! France 4 (Giroud pen. 77) Croatia 2
Giroud comfortably sends Livakovic the wrong way and tucks the ball into the bottom corner for France's fourth.
PENALTY! Croatia are furious and Lovren plus one other seem to have been booked. It seemed as if a snap shot by Griezmann hit a hand - there is no VAR here - and it's Giroud to take it...
CHANCE! Griezmann leads a three on two break for France, with Giroud to his right and Martial to his left. He gets to the area and eventually lays in Martial, whose shot is well saved by Livakovic from point blank range and Croatia scramble the rebound clear.
Camavinga cuts in from the right and hits a pile driver to the near post, which is well held by Livakovic. Almost the dream start.
- Yellow cardSteven N'ZonziFrance
Nzonzi is booked for France.
- OffIvan PerišicCroatia
- OnMario PasalicCroatia
Perisic comes off for Croatia, replaced by Pasalic.
- GoalDayot UpamecanoFrance
GOAL! France 3 (Upamecano 65) Croatia 2
France are back in front and it's so simple. Griezmann whips in a corner from the left and Upamecano loses his man to plant a header through Livakovic and into the net.
- OffN'Golo KantéFrance
- OnEduardo CamavingaFrance
A double change for France. Kante and Ben Yedder are off, Olivier Giroud and 17-year old debutant Eduardo Camavinga are on.
WHAT A CHANCE! France clear a free kick to the right, where Rebic retrieves the ball and loops it to the back post, where the unmarked Perisic volleys over from six yards.
Perisic finds some room on the left as Croatia break impressively again, but can only loop a cross into the arms of Lloris.
- Yellow cardN'Golo KantéFrance
Kante is booked for bringing down Kovacic as he broke from midfield.
- OffFilip UremovicCroatia
- OnDomagoj VidaCroatia
Vida is on for Croatia, replacing Uremovic who is injured.
- GoalJosip BrekaloCroatia
GOAL! France 2 Croatia 2 (Brekalo 55)
We're level and it's another superb goal. A lovely, drilled ball from Kovacic picks out the diagonal run of Brekalo. Mendy looks to have him covered as he enters the penalty area but Brekalo cuts inside him and then outside Lenglet, before tucking his shot underneath Lloris for the equaliser.
Nice, patient passing from the Croats finds Brekalo with some space 40 yards out, but his attempted slide-rule pass to Perisic in the area has too much on it and Lloris gathers.
Sharp play from Griezmann as he pops a few passes around near the edge of the area and then finds Mendy on the left, whose cross is deflected behind for a corner.
Ben Yedder gets into a good crossing position on the right but can only deposit the ball straight into the hands of Livakovic.
Brekalo picks out Vlasic on the edge of the area. Vlasic hits a snap shot at goal which deflects off Upamecano for a corner.
- 2nd Half
We're underway again in Paris, with news that France's second goal is now credited to Livakovic as an own goal. Josip Brekalo is on for Croatia.
- End of 1st Half
- Own-goalDominik LivakovicCroatia
GOAL! France 2 (Martial 45+1) Croatia 1
After playing poorly for 42 minutes, France are ahead! Sissoko does superbly to head a ball to Ben Yedder in space on the right of the Croat box. Ben Yedder whips a brilliant low ball to the back post, where Martial slides in from six yards to divert the ball on to the post and in off Livakovic.
There will be one additional minute.
- GoalAntoine GriezmannFrance
GOAL! France 1 (Griezmann 43) Croatia 1
What a wonderful goal from France. A rat-a-tat of quick passes between, Martial, Mendy and Ben Yedder releases Martial into the area on the left. He could shoot, but nudges the ball across for Griezmann to volley emphatically into an open net. That's a brilliant goal.
A lovely move from Croatia, patiently working the ball across the face of the French defence. Vlasic then clips a nice angled ball to Perisic on the run, but his low shot from a wide angle is blocked and cleared by France.
France break forward through Hernandez, who tries to release Martial through the inside left channel but the pass shoots through to Livakovic.
- Yellow cardClément LengletFrance
Brozovic turns beautifully away from danger in midfield and is flattened as he tries to go past Lenglet. Yellow card.
Melnjak, who has been impressive so far, wins a free kick for Croatia deep in the French half.
- Yellow cardDuje Caleta-CarCroatia
Caleta-Car is booked for a hack at Ben Yedder's ankles. Griezmann takes the free kick but launches it way over the bar from 30 yards out.
CHANCE! The best move of the night for France. MArtial runs menacingly at the back four and slides a lovely pass to Griezmann in the area. He tries to shoot under Livakovic but the goalkeeper gets half a block on it and Croatia scramble the ball clear.
Kante finds Sissoko in space on the right of the area. He drives a lovely low ball in between the penalty spot and six-yard box, but it's too far ahead of Ben Yedder and Livakovic dives on the ball.
A long ball over the top for Croatia gets Rebic away. He squares up Lenglet but stumbles as he tries to go by and loses the ball. Rebic had colleagues in the middle to aim at there, France were caught three on three momentarily.
Melnjak breaks handily for Croatia. He finds Rebic, whose first time ball to Kramaric goes out for a throw-in from what initially looked a promising move for Croatia.
Melnjak wins a free kick for Croatia in the bottom left corner near the France area. Brozovic bullets the ball into the front post where Mendy awkwardly puts it behind for a corner.
Croatia are giving away a lot of free kicks, but mostly more than 30 yards from goal. Kramaric then wins one from Upamecano to take off some of the pressure.
Mendy piles forwards down the left, and lays it off to Martial just on the corner of the penalty area, Martial sets one out for the top far corner, but gets under the ball too much and it sails over.
France win a free kick wide on the left. Griezmann whips it to the back post, where Lovren gets up ahead of Nzonzi to deflect the ball behind for a corner.
Another corner for Croatia. They work a short one for Brozovic, but his cross is hopeless and flies out of the back of the penalty area and away from danger.
GOAL! France 0 Croatia 1 (Lovren 16)
Croatia have deserved this. Rebic wins a corner after forcing Lloris to put the ball out when chasing an overcooked through pass. From it, the ball bobbles around and breaks to Lovren. He cuts the ball onto his left foot and arrows a drive through Lloris and into the far corner from 12 yards out.
A glimmer of a chance for Croatia here, as Upamecano loses the ball and Croatia square it to Rebic in the penalty area. Rather than shoot, which looks the better option, he tries a dummy, and the ball is intercepted by Nzonzi and cleared.
France suddenly kick in to gear. Upamecano plays a nice ball through the right channel for Ben Yedder, who eventually wins a corner for the home side.
Melnjak does well to keep the ball in as he breaks down the left. He then slides a through ball to Rebic, who had strayed a yard offside otherwise he was clear.
More lively stuff from Croatia, they're playing with real purpose so far. A forward move on the left eventually breaks down with a stray pass, but it's noticeably more energetic than their efforts against Portugal on Saturday.
Croatia have stated well here. Vlasic wins the ball in midfield and drives forwards. He unloads a shot from 25 yards but it's blocked by Lenglet.
The ball sits up nicely for Perisic, 30 yards from goal. He hits a looping volley but there's no pace on it. and Lloris gathers comfortably.
And we're off.
Anthems done now, we're almost ready to go in Paris.
Croatia have made a habit of humbling the established order of world football in the last 30 years, but the French are one team that they’ve failed to lay a significant glove on. Overall, the record reads Four wins to France and two draws in their six fixtures. The first time they met, France recovered from a one goal deficit to win their 1998 World Cup semi-final in the Stade de France, on their way to winning their home tournament in the same stadium four days later. More recently, the last time the two teams met was in Moscow, where France triumphed 4-2 in the World Cup Final.
Croatia make three changes to their back four that was ripped to pieces in Porto three days ago, with only Dejan Lovren retaining his place in defence. Ivan Perisic also returns to the team on the left of a front three while Marcelo Brozovic comes in to bolster the midfield.
The big news for France is that Kylian Mbappe is out after testing positive for coronavirus. In total there are seven changes to the French team that beat Sweden three days ago, with the rejuvenated Anthony Martial getting a run up front tonight in tandem with Monaco’s Wissam Ben Yedder.
And your visitors, Croatia:
Here's your hosts tonight, France:
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