France 0-2 Finland: Brentford’s Marcus Forss scores against world champions

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Finland have won their past three matches without conceding

Brentford striker Marcus Forss scored as Finland claimed a famous win over world champions France in Paris.

Forss and fellow debutant Onni Valakari struck twice in the space of three first-half minutes to stun the hosts.

France included Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, Everton’s Lucas Digne and Olivier Giroud of Chelsea.

But Finland, 55th in Fifa’s world rankings, secured a first victory over Les Bleus, and have now won their past three matches.

Forss, who spent part of last season on loan at League One AFC Wimbledon, opened the scoring in the Stade de France after a mistake by Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko.

Valakari, who plays his club football in Cyprus for Pafos, doubled the away side’s lead with a stunning effort after being left to stroll towards goal.

France sent on forwards Antoine Griezmann and Anthony Martial, and midfielder N’Golo Kante, to try to rescue the friendly match.

But Finland were well organised and their players celebrated on the pitch after the final whistle.



  • 16Mandanda
  • 20DuboisSubstituted forAguilarat 71′minutes
  • 2Zouma
  • 5LengletSubstituted forVaraneat 80′minutes
  • 19Digne
  • 17Sissoko
  • 15Nzonzi
  • 6PogbaSubstituted forKantéat 57′minutes
  • 22Thuram
  • 18Ben YedderSubstituted forGriezmannat 57′minutes
  • 9GiroudSubstituted forMartialat 57′minutes


  • 1Costil
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 4Varane
  • 7Griezmann
  • 8Aguilar
  • 10Martial
  • 11Coman
  • 12Tolisso
  • 13Kanté
  • 14Rabiot
  • 21Hernández
  • 23Maignan


  • 12Joronen
  • 15VäisänenSubstituted forArajuuriat 75′minutes
  • 5OjalaSubstituted forToivioat 66′minutes
  • 3O’Shaughnessy
  • 22Hämäläinen
  • 21NiskanenSubstituted forAlhoat 67′minutes
  • 14Simonpoika ValakariSubstituted forTaylorat 75′minutes
  • 11SchüllerSubstituted forPukkiat 80′minutes
  • 19Kauko
  • 7KarjalainenSubstituted forKamaraat 67′minutes
  • 9Forss


  • 1Hrádecky
  • 2Arajuuri
  • 4Toivio
  • 6Kamara
  • 8Lod
  • 10Pukki
  • 13Soiri
  • 16Taylor
  • 17Alho
  • 18Uronen
  • 20Pohjanpalo
  • 23Jaakkola

Live Text

  1. Match ends, France 0, Finland 2.

  2. Second Half ends, France 0, Finland 2.

  3. Attempt missed. Antoine Griezmann (France) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Martial.

  4. Attempt blocked. Antoine Griezmann (France) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  5. Attempt missed. Anthony Martial (France) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Marcus Thuram.

  6. Foul by Kurt Zouma (France).

  7. Marcus Forss (Finland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Foul by N’Golo Kanté (France).

  9. Joni Kauko (Finland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Substitution, France. Raphael Varane replaces Clément Lenglet.

  11. Substitution, Finland. Teemu Pukki replaces Rasmus Schüller.

  12. Hand ball by Anthony Martial (France).

  13. Attempt missed. N’Golo Kanté (France) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  14. Steven Nzonzi (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Foul by Joni Kauko (Finland).

  16. Attempt missed. Kurt Zouma (France) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann with a cross following a corner.

  17. Substitution, Finland. Paulus Arajuuri replaces Leo Väisänen because of an injury.

  18. Substitution, Finland. Robert Taylor replaces Onni Johannes Simonpoika Valakari.

  19. Corner, France. Conceded by Niko Hämäläinen.

  20. Antoine Griezmann (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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