France 0-2 Finland: Brentford’s Marcus Forss scores against world champions


Franc's Lucas Digne and Marcus Thuram, as well as Finland's Rasmus Schuller, in action during the friendly between France and Finland in Paris
Finland have won their past three matches without conceding

Brentford striker Marcus Forss scored as Finland claimed a famous win over world champions France in Paris.

Forss and fellow debutant Onni Valakari struck twice in the space of three first-half minutes to stun the hosts.

France included Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, Everton’s Lucas Digne and Olivier Giroud of Chelsea.

But Finland, 55th in Fifa’s world rankings, secured a first victory over Les Bleus, and have now won their past three matches.

Forss, who spent part of last season on loan at League One AFC Wimbledon, opened the scoring in the Stade de France after a mistake by Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko.

Valakari, who plays his club football in Cyprus for Pafos, doubled the away side’s lead with a stunning effort after being left to stroll towards goal.

France sent on forwards Antoine Griezmann and Anthony Martial, and midfielder N’Golo Kante, to try to rescue the friendly match.

But Finland were well organised and their players celebrated on the pitch after the final whistle.

Line-ups

France

  • 16Mandanda
  • 20DuboisSubstituted forAguilarat 71′minutes
  • 2Zouma
  • 5LengletSubstituted forVaraneat 80′minutes
  • 19Digne
  • 17Sissoko
  • 15Nzonzi
  • 6PogbaSubstituted forKantéat 57′minutes
  • 22Thuram
  • 18Ben YedderSubstituted forGriezmannat 57′minutes
  • 9GiroudSubstituted forMartialat 57′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Costil
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 4Varane
  • 7Griezmann
  • 8Aguilar
  • 10Martial
  • 11Coman
  • 12Tolisso
  • 13Kanté
  • 14Rabiot
  • 21Hernández
  • 23Maignan

Finland

  • 12Joronen
  • 15VäisänenSubstituted forArajuuriat 75′minutes
  • 5OjalaSubstituted forToivioat 66′minutes
  • 3O’Shaughnessy
  • 22Hämäläinen
  • 21NiskanenSubstituted forAlhoat 67′minutes
  • 14Simonpoika ValakariSubstituted forTaylorat 75′minutes
  • 11SchüllerSubstituted forPukkiat 80′minutes
  • 19Kauko
  • 7KarjalainenSubstituted forKamaraat 67′minutes
  • 9Forss

Substitutes

  • 1Hrádecky
  • 2Arajuuri
  • 4Toivio
  • 6Kamara
  • 8Lod
  • 10Pukki
  • 13Soiri
  • 16Taylor
  • 17Alho
  • 18Uronen
  • 20Pohjanpalo
  • 23Jaakkola

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