Arsenal duo shine as France defeat Scotland

First-half goals from Arsenal duo Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny did the damage as France ramped up their preparations for Euro 2016 with a 3-0 victory over Scotland on Saturday evening.

  • France 3 Scotland 0
  • Giroud bags first-half brace
  • Koscielny nets Les Blues' third on 39 mins
  • Scotland lodge just two shots on goal
  • France to face Romania in Euro 2016 opener

Match summary

Didier Deschamps' men dispelled any notions of a France squad in disarray as they produced a dominant performance ahead of their Euro 2016 curtain-raiser against Romania on Friday.

Giroud opened the scoring after just eight minutes with a stylish finish, before doubling his tally in the 35th minute with a close-range finish.

Koscielny added his name to the scoresheet in the 39th minute as he headed home from a few yards out, giving France a comfortable cushion heading into the half-time break.

France continued to boss the match after the half-time interval, but failed to add to the lead as they cruised to comfortable victory.

Full report

France started the encounter on the front foot and twice went close to grabbing the lead in the opening few minutes as Dimitri Payet and Blaise Matuidi saw their goal-bound efforts blocked by the Scotland defence.

However, they got the breakthrough they were looking for in the eighth minute as Giroud converted with a cheeky backheel from inside the danger area following an inviting cross from Bacary Sagna.

They went close to doubling their lead in the 17th minute, but Scotland keeper David Marshall was alert to the danger, getting down well to deny Kingsley Coman's goal-bound effort.

There was nothing Marshall could do to stop France scoring again in the 35th minute as the keeper palmed Payet's stinging shot into the path of Giroud, who slid in to force the ball home from the edge of the six-yard box.

And the match was effectively over as a contest four minutes later as Koscielny headed home from Patrice Evra's flicked header to make it 3-0 to Les Blues.

The hosts continued to pile on the pressure after the break, but were unable to add to their advantage as Scotland survived the second-half onslaught.

Koscielny headed high and wide from Antoine Griezmann's inswingning corner on 50 minutes, with Adil Rami also failing to hit the mark with a headed effort four minutes later.

A rare Scotland chance arrived in the 55th minute, but it went to waste as Steven Fletcher headed wide of the right-hand post.

France then went agonisingly close to adding a fourth in the 64th minute as Paul Pogba struck the post with a sumptuous free-kick, with Rami seeing his shot on the follow-up saved by Marshall.

And the hosts continued to squander chance after chance as Anthony Martial, Yohan Cabaye, Pogba and Griezmann all failed to hit the target.

Scotland had one last chance to net a consolation goal in the 86th minute, but Steven Naismith couldn't make it count as fired just over the bar from outside the box.

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