International friendlies • Regular
  • 2nd Half
  • Russia
  • France
  • MbappéLemar
    87'
  • Mbappé
    83'
  • KudryashovCheryshev
    83'
  • Miranchuk
    82'
  • RabiotMatuidi
    81'
  • UmtitiKimpembe
    80'
  • ErokhinShvets
    76'
  • DembéléGiroud
    72'
  • Smolov
    68'
  • Zabolotny
    67'
  • MiranchukZabolotny
    66'
  • KantéTolisso
    66'
  • MartialGriezmann
    59'
  • DzagoevMiranchuk
    54'
  • Mbappé
    52'
  • Pogba
    49'
  • 1/2 Time
  • Russia
  • France
  • SamedovSmolnikov
    45'
  • ZhirkovRausch
    45'
  • 1st Half
  • Russia
  • France
  • Mbappé
    40'
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International friendlies - 27 March 2018

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90' 

And that's full-time!

A very enjoyable outing for France and there's plenty for them to be optimistic about going into the finals in the summer. Work to be done for Russia but there are positives for them to take.

86' 

And Mbappe is limping off after becoming youngest player to ever score a brace for France.

Thomas Lemar is on.

  • Kylian Mbappé
    GoalKylian MbappéFranceGOAL! RUSSIA 1-3 FRANCE (MBAPPE) Lovely from Mbappe! He picks up the ball from Matuidi and some silky footwork sees him gets a bit of space and fire it towards goal. Lunev will be disappointed with that.  And Mbappe is going to come off, he's taken a knock.
83' 

GOAL! RUSSIA 1-3 FRANCE (MBAPPE)

Lovely from Mbappe! He picks up the ball from Matuidi and some silky footwork sees him gets a bit of space and fire it towards goal. Lunev will be disappointed with that.

And Mbappe is going to come off, he's taken a knock.

81' 

Change to tell you about Kimpembe is on for Umtiti

78' 

Nervous moments here for France. They're trying to play it out from the back but it isn't working and Russia are putting pressure on. A corner is cleared but Russia win another.

76' 

We have another change as well with Shvets on for Erokhin

Russia are chasing this one

72' 

Another France change as Dembele's day is done.

Giroud on, which means that Griezmann will probably go out to the right.

71' 

Another corner is claimed by Lunev but the pass further up the field means the counter breaks down.

70' 

Lunev does well to punch it away.

69' 

Pogba takes aim from a long way but it is deflected behind for a corner.

  • Fedor Smolov
    GoalFedor SmolovRussiaGOAL! RUSSIA 1-2 FRANCE (SMOLOV) That is a brilliant goal from Russia. They take the ball down the pitch with a good move and Smolnikov gets it down the right.  He sends a brilliant cross into the box and finds Smolov at the back post and h makes no mistake.  We've got a game!
68' 

GOAL! RUSSIA 1-2 FRANCE (SMOLOV)

That is a brilliant goal from Russia. They take the ball down the pitch with a good move and Smolnikov gets it down the right.

He sends a brilliant cross into the box and finds Smolov at the back post and h makes no mistake.

We've got a game!

66' 

Some more changes now.

Tolisso is on for Kante.

The other Miranchuk is off with Zabolotnyi on.

64' 

Brilliant from Griezmann as he chases back, wins the ball and then gets France going on the counter.

Eventually he sends it out to Dembele whose cross finds Mbappe. However his shot goes over.

62' 

Umtiti hasn't had too much to do defensively tonight but he's just plucked a loose ball out of the air. Wonderful stuff.

60' 

Griezmann's first involvement is a free-kick which is partially cleared before Koscielny's follow-up header is easily saved.

59' 

And here is Griezzy, he's replaced Martial.

58' 

WHAT A MISS!

The corner is volleyed towards goal by Smolov but Lloris can only parry.

It goes into the path of Granat but he somehow hits it wide.

57' 

Here comes Griezmann! He's going to get just over half-an-hour as Russia win a corner.

55' 

Another change now as Miranchuk comes on for Dzagoev

52' 

We've had our first yellow of the match and it is for Mbappe for going down too easily.

Replays suggest there was contact but he did go down quite easily. That might be one where it is neither a yellow or a foul.

50' 

Seems the only other change is Rausch on for Zhirkov.

  • Paul Pogba
    GoalPaul PogbaFranceGOAL! RUSSIA 0-2 FRANCE (POGBA) The changes will have to wait! Pogba has just curled home a fantastic free-kick from the edge of the area. Brilliant hit!
49' 

GOAL! RUSSIA 0-2 FRANCE (POGBA)

The changes will have to wait! Pogba has just curled home a fantastic free-kick from the edge of the area. Brilliant hit!

47' 

In fact it seems we've had multiple changes.

I'll try and round them up in a second.

Change for France early on but Martial's pass doesn't quite come off.

46' 

Welcome back!

Russia have made a change with Samedov coming off for Smolnikov

45' 

And that's half-time. A fairly entertaining opening 45 minutes that sees Mbappe give France the lead.

44' 

Chance for Russia as Mbappe skips down the left in the box and cuts it back but Martial's effort is a bit too weak and it's easy for Lunev.

43' 

A Russia free-kick sees Smolov free in the box in front of Lloris.

He misses but the flag was up.

  • Kylian Mbappé
    GoalKylian MbappéFranceGOAL! RUSSIA 0-1 FRANCE (MBAPPE) That's Mbappe's second goal for France! Great ball from Pogba plays in the PSG forward and he cuts back onto his right and slots it home.
40' 

GOAL! RUSSIA 0-1 FRANCE (MBAPPE)

That's Mbappe's second goal for France! Great ball from Pogba plays in the PSG forward and he cuts back onto his right and slots it home.

39' 

Pogba loses the ball but does excellently to get back and win it back as Smolov looked to try and release a team-mate.

38' 

Much more like it from Kante as a superbly timed tackle stops a dangerous Russian counter in its tracks.

35' 

I tell you what so far Griezmann has been very animated. Most of the bench are sat back and quite relaxed but he's like a little puppy on the side, kicking every ball.

33' 

Zhirkov swings it in but it's easily cleared by France who break with Dembele but the ball breaks down when he tries to play in Mbappe.

32' 

Russia go down the other end and manage to win a corner, their first.

31' 

Martial fizzes it in but Lunev is able to palm it out

30' 

Free-kick to France in a dangerous wide position. The big players are up and Martial stands over it...

27' 

Better from France and Pogba as a prolonged period of possession featuring quicker passes ends with Mbappe having a shot at goal but it's straight at Lunev.

24' 

Don't adjust your screens.

But Kante just lost the ball, which is rather alarming.

21' 

By contrast his midfield partner Rabiot has started well, effortlessly keeping possession when under pressure.

20' 

Not the brightest of starts for Pogba. He's just trying to force that final ball and he hasn't managed to get it right so far.

18' 

Things a little quiet now as France try to slow things down, clearly surprised by the sudden acceleration in Russia's game.

15'

SAVE!

First real chance goes to Russia. Good stuff from the home team and a cutback from the left from Dzagoev finds Smolov but Lloris gets down well to make the save.

14' 

Another decent Russia counter ends with Erokhin getting a bit of space on the edge of the area.

However is shot is all sorts of high and wide.

13' 

Not the biggest crowd in for this one.

We'll put that down to it being a midweek friendly and not a sign of things to come for the World Cup...

11' 

Pogba and Mbappe link up really nicely before the latter sends it out to Martial on the left.

The Manchester United man whips it in looking for club team-mate Pogba but it's just out of reach and Lunev gathers.

9' 

Russia's tactics here are pretty basic. Sit as deep as possible and try and to release Smolov on the counter. They haven't managed to so far but they're getting closer...

7' 

And as I say that Lloris has to be quick off his line to snuff out a decent through ball behind his defence.

6' 

There's a much higher tempo to France's play than Russia, with the hosts just trying to keep things tight.

4' 

Some early flashes from Dembele when he picks up the ball and starts running.

He'll want to get going again with the national team after a couple of injuries with Barcelona.

Mbappe wins a throw after bursting away from a defender.

2' 

Fairly cagey start so far as you would expect.

Every game is crucial for Russia though as they've had some serious injuries to key players and need to figure out who will act as the replacements.

1' 

Right we're underway!

 

Right the teams are out and we're having the national anthems.

What are your predictions?

 

This will be just the third meeting between the two sides since the turn of the century. The first, in 2002, was a 0-0 draw.

But the second was a rather entertaining 4-2 win for France ahead of the European Championships. Goals for N'Golo Kante, Andre-Pierre Gignac, Dimitri Payet and Kingsley Coman secured victory for the home side.

France's forward Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring the 3-2 during the international friendly football match between France and Russia at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on March 29, 2016.
 

FRANCE TEAM NEWS

Lloris - Pavard, Koscielny, Umtiti, Hernandez - Pogba, Kanté, Rabiot - Dembélé, Mbappé, Martial

A couple of things with this France team. Firstly that forward line... Woof!

And secondly there are two interesting selections at full-back, it will be fun to watch Pavard and Hernandez.

 

RUSSIA TEAM NEWS

Lunev; Samedov, Neustadter, Granat, Kudryashov, Zhirkov; Erokhin, Golovin, Dzagoev, Al Miranchuk; Smolov

Let's start with the home side and yes that is former Chelsea man Yuri Zhirkov in their line-up. 34 years young!

 

WELCOME

Good afternoon and welcome to live coverage of the international friendly between France and World Cup hosts Russia.

Team news is on the way