Giroud scores incredible goal for France

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Hugo Lloris caused France a setback in their endeavor to qualify for the World Cup with his mistake vs. Sweden on Friday.

With five of the 10 qualifying games played, France top the table on 13 points. This is the most awaited match of UEFA World Cup Qualification.

"There were three of our players marking one of theirs, which left space for Durmaz", an irritated Deschamps said.

Such an outcome had seemed unlikely after 37 minutes when a stunning volley from Olivier Giroud, his 17th in as many starts for France, had handed Didier Deschamp's side the lead.

A cross from the right was only flicked on as far as Giroud, who teed himself up with his first touch before firing the sweetest of volleys into the far top corner for his 17th goal in his last 17 worldwide starts - including six in his last three.

Minutes later Lloris was tipping a free kick from Emil Forsberg over the bar and Sweden's Jakob Johansson also had a thumping shot from distance that flew just wide of the target.


A win at the Friends Arena in Solna would have moved European Championship runners-up France six points clear of Sweden.

"They surprised us in the first match", Lloris told reporters.

With the seconds ticking away in stoppage time, the Tottenham goalkeeper collected a back pass, dribbled out of his box and fired what appeared to be a pass or clearance up the field.

Making his national record 131st worldwide appearance - and on his 33rd birthday - attacking midfielder Wesley Sneijder made it 2-0 with a right-foot blast from outside the penalty area in the 34th.

Sweden is doing well in the 2018 World Cup qualifying stage, now in second in Group A of the competition with 10 points. Les Bleus are coming from a comfortable 3-1 win against Luxembourg in the qualifying stage and defeated Sweden 2-1 before that encounter. France have the same number of points but Sweden's superior goal difference gives them the edge. The man tasked with marking him, Dimitri Payet, had been found guilty of ball-watching inside his own penalty area and France paid the price.

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