Table top France completed a comeback victory to send Sweden #39 into League B.
France-Sweden: reaction as it is
Viktor Claesson stunned the pre-approved Group A3 tabletops with a deflected close-range shot by just four minutes per hour. However, Olivier Giroud''s sharp appearance brought back the pair after Marcus Thuram''s good work on the left wing.
Thuram played his part when Benjamin Pavard' made a 2-1 right-footed volley before the timeout, and France's Giroud boosted his lead just before the clock tick when Kylian Mbappé''s pinpointer caught the latter with a powerful dive cap.
Robin Quaison gave Sweden a glimmer of hope before Kingsley Coman left to confirm the hosts' win with the final kick of the match.
David Crossan, correspondent for France
Casual France viewers know that you should never write Giroud'. He scored two good goals and probably should have scored a hat-trick. Les Bleus''s reaction to being behind was flawless as they bossed the rest of the game and Didier Deschamps will be pleased with that. World champions look inward the most in this 4-4-2 system.
Sujay Dutt, Swedish correspondent
Over 90 minutes it was a fair result but difficult for Sweden's positive finish. Claesson had the time and space to feature them five minutes later, but the visitors rarely threatened again until Quaison's close-range finish as the French added three of their own. However, Sweden's gamble backfired on goalkeeper Robin Olsen for a possible equalizer.
Olivier Giroud, France striker : "This international window was positive and we won this last game. While everything wasn't perfect, there was reason to be satisfied. I'm used to people knocking me down a bit, it's part of my career and it gives me even more strength."
France coach Didier Deschamps “When March comes, I may have a few more answers with the rest of the coaching staff, even if the situation is not the same. Young players have come and showed their level and quality, and that is important, and the more experienced players are still there. I have different options and senior players.”
Swedish midfielder Emil Forsberg : "We started very well but after that we became passive. In the end, I don't think it was a good match for us. We gave it a chance, but most of us can see that. we were tired. The Croatia game was wasted. We played a great team. Now from A League' We're leaving. It's not a pleasant feeling, but we'll look forward to next year."
- This was France's biggest win against Sweden:#39 since 1989/#39. In this match, all of their six wins before today had been achieved by one goal difference.
- France is undefeated in their last 13 international competitions – winning 11 of them.
- Pavard has clarified his second international goal since his spectacular strike against Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
- Giroud has scored ten goals in their last 11 games in France'.
- Sweden have been undefeated in their last nine away matches against France/#39 since 1952/#39.
France : Lloris; Pavard, Varane (Zouma 46), Kimpembe, Hernández (Digne 46); Sissoko, Pogba, Rabiot (Nzonzi 78), Thuram (Mbappé 57); Giroud (Coman 84), Griezmann
Sweden : Olsen; Lustig (Krafth 67), Lindelöf (Helander 66), Danielson, Bengtsson; S. Larsson (Cajuste 87), Olsson, Claesson (Quaison 66), Forsberg; Kulusevsky, Berg (Isak 86)
The UEFA Nations League final tournament will take place from 6 to 10 October 2021. Teams will return to competitive action in the spring of 2021 in the 2022 FIFA World Cup European Qualifiers.