France vs Finland – Football Match Report – November 11, 2020

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France prepared for their next Nations League games with a 2-0 home loss to Finland as their 12-game unbeaten streak ended abruptly on Wednesday.

Marcus Forss and Onni Valakari scored in the first half to give Finland their first win against Les Bleus, having lost their previous eight encounters before the game at the Stade de France.

World champion France dominated possession and had the first clear chance when Marcus Thuram's header crashed into the crossbar, but Didier Deschamps' side, minus the injured Kylian Mbappe, missed out on 'inspiration.

Les Bleus, whose last defeat was in June 2019 when they lost 2-0 away to Turkey in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, face Portugal away on Saturday and Sweden at home on Tuesday in League A, group 3 of the League of Nations.

Forss put the visitors in the lead against the run of the game, beating goalkeeper Steve Mandanda at close range with Finland's first attempt of the game in the 28th minute.

Valakari doubled the total three minutes later with a superb curling shot from 20 yards.

Deschamps replaced Olivier Giroud with Anthony Martial in the 57th minute and the very disappointing Paul Pogba with Ngolo Kante, but the changes had little effect.

Finland have now won four of their last five matches.


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