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Griezmann earns France draw with Albania

Published: Friday 14 November 2014, 22.55CET
France 1-1 Albania
Antoine Griezmann equalised for UEFA EURO 2016 hosts France after an impressive Albania display had garnered a lead through Mërgim Mavraj.
by David Crossan
from Stade de la Route de Lorient
Griezmann earns France draw with Albania
Antoine Griezmann scored France's equaliser against Albania ©AFP
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Published: Friday 14 November 2014, 22.55CET

Griezmann earns France draw with Albania

France 1-1 Albania
Antoine Griezmann equalised for UEFA EURO 2016 hosts France after an impressive Albania display had garnered a lead through Mërgim Mavraj.

• Mërgim Mavraj's 40th-minute header gives the visitors the lead
• Hugo Lloris makes several fine saves to keep France in the game
• Antoine Griezmann equalises in the 73rd minute for UEFA EURO 2016 hosts
• Lorik Cana earns national-record 80th cap for Albania

A 73rd-minute Antoine Griezmann strike denied Albania a historic first win against UEFA EURO 2016 hosts France as the sides drew 1-1 in front of a capacity crowd in Rennes.

Albania now hold realistic hopes of returning to France in two years to compete in what would be their first EURO finals and Giovanni de Biasi's team were impressive throughout, taking the lead via centre-half Mërgim Mavraj's 40th-minute header. Albania continued to enjoy the better chances, with Hugo Lloris making several fine saves before substitute Griezmann equalised.

Albania took matters to France from the off, captain Lorik Cana nearly celebrating his national-record 80th cap with a second-minute goal, only for his powerful header from Ledian Memushaj's corner to cannon off the crossbar. Mavraj was also centimetres away from opening the scoring after a smart free-kick routine, although France had opportunities as well with Karim Benzema nodding wide when unmarked.

Five minutes before half-time Albania made the breakthrough from another enterprising set piece. Memushaj played a short corner to Elseid Hysaj, who beat full-back Christophe Jallet before scooping a delightful cross which Mavraj glanced into the far corner.

In the second half, France skipper Lloris had to scramble to keep out an Emir Lenjani cross-shot and then leapt athletically to deny Hysaj. At last the French possession and territory told when Griezmann, on for Yohan Cabaye, netted his fifth international goal, playing a one-two with Jallet before unleashing a crisp drive into the corner from the edge of the area. Benzema slammed a chance over straight after as Les Bleus pushed for victory.

Last updated: 08/06/16 19.03CET

http://www.uefa.com/friendlies/season=2016/matches/round=2000543/match=2014079/postmatch/report/index.html#albania+draw+france

Lineups

France

France

Albania

Albania

1
LlorisHugo Lloris (GK) (C)
1
BerishaEtrit Berisha (GK)
2
JalletChristophe Jallet
4
HysajElseid Hysaj
4
VaraneRaphaël Varane
5
CanaLorik Cana (C)
21
Yanga-MbiwaMapou Yanga-Mbiwa
15
MavrajMërgim Mavraj
Goal40
17
DigneLucas Digne
Substitution70
7
AgolliAnsi Agolli
Yellow Card75
18
SissokoMoussa Sissoko
Substitution80
2
LilaAndi Lila
Substitution85
6
CabayeYohan Cabaye
Substitution59
22
AbrashiAmir Abrashi
Substitution69
19
PogbaPaul Pogba
13
KukeliBurim Kukeli
Substitution90
8
ValbuenaMathieu Valbuena
Substitution85
3
LenjaniErmir Lenjani
Substitution76
7
LacazetteAlexandre Lacazette
Substitution70
14
Memushaj                      Ledian Memushaj
10
BenzemaKarim Benzema
16
ÇikalleshiSokol Çikalleshi
Substitution90

Substitutes

11
GriezmannAntoine Griezmann
Substitution59
Goal73
17
Arlind AjetiArlind Ajeti
Substitution69
9
GignacAndré-Pierre Gignac
Substitution70
10
ShalaHerolind Shala
Substitution76
3
KurzawaLayvin Kurzawa
Substitution70
11
VilaEmilian Vila
Substitution85
22
SchneiderlinMorgan Schneiderlin
Substitution80
19
BalajBekim Balaj
Substitution90
12
PayetDimitri Payet
Substitution85
8
BulkuErvin Bulku
Substitution90
5
ZoumaKurt Zouma
6
ÇurriDebatik Çurri
14
GonalonsMaxime Gonalons
9
KapllaniEdmond Kapllani
15
SagnaBacary Sagna
12
ShehiOrges Shehi (GK)
16
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK)
18
SalihiHamdi Salihi
20
GuilavoguiJosuha Guilavogui
20
VajushiArmando Vajushi
23
CostilBenoît Costil (GK)
21
RamaValdet Rama
23
FrasheriStivi Frasheri (GK)

Coach

Didier Deschamps (FRA) Giovanni de Biasi (ALB)

Referee

Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)

Assistant referees

Ondřej Pelikán (CZE), Krystof Mencl (CZE)

Fourth official

Radek Kotik (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Libor Kovařik (CZE), Michal Paták (CZE)

Legend:

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution