Les Bleus suffered a shock 2-0 defeat to the Fins in St Denis to go into next week’s fixtures with their confidence dented. France started with Gladbach’s Thuram at the left of the attack , Pogba (who is having a torrid time at club level) paired with Rennes’s N’zonzi in midfield.It was Thuram who was menacing striking the post on 10 minutes and skying a one v one shot against the keeper on 17. Finland showed that the most important stat in soccer is the goal stat. Great advantage play by the ref allowing play to continue after Sissiko fouled a Finnish player,allowing Forss to be put through for the opening goal.
Valakari put a seal on an amazing result for Finland when he fired a shot from the edge of the box past Mandanda. Finland are in the same group in the Nations League as Ireland and Wales. They are a real threat especially on the counter and the home nations best not underestimate them.
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