Summary of Euro 2020: France finds it easy after the embarrassment of the anthem in Albania | Football


A weakened France the team scored four goals for the fourth time in five qualifiers to Euro 2020 while Group H leaders swept away Albania 4-1.

Their top goal difference in head-to-head matches with Turkey and Iceland is what keeps the world champions in first place as all three teams are leveled on 12 points.

Even without the injured Paul Pogba, and with Kylian Mbappé watching from the stands, there was little concern for the hosts, given that Kingsley Coman scored twice, also with Chelsea Olivier Giroud and debutante Jonathan Ikoné on the target.

In fact, the biggest negative of the evening for France, until the time when goalkeeper Hugo Lloris suffered a penalty at the 90's from which Sokol Cikalleshi scored, he arrived before the kick-off. The beginning of the game was delayed by seven minutes when the sound system of the Stade de France sounded the national anthem of Andorra – visitors Tuesday – with Albania who refused to start until when the error was not corrected.

In group B, Cristiano Ronaldo scored to help guarantee Portugal started his campaign with a 4-2 win in Serbia. The defending champions have drawn their first two qualifying tournaments, but broke the deadlock in Belgrade three minutes before the break against William Carvalho's run. Gonçalo Guedes doubled the advantage when he cleverly cut his left foot to abandon his marker.

A header from Nikola Milenkovic came back for Serbia in the 68th minute, before Ronaldo, who had twice approached the score, passed a ball through Bernardo Silva and made him pass the goalkeeper.

Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic hit the Serbian second with five minutes to go before Silva scored Portugal's fourth.

Portugal took second place behind Ukraine, who won 3-0 in Lithuania. They led the way with 13 points after five games.



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