France 2-1 Ivory Coast: Player ratings as late Tchouameni header earns friendly win


France snatched a friendly win over the Ivory Coast in Marseille as Aurelien Tchouameni’s late header saw them run out 2-1 victors on Friday night.

The two teams are playing friendlies this month, with Les Bleus having qualified for the World Cup later this year, while Les Elephants failed to make it past CAF’s second qualifying round.

The hosts were sluggish in the opening exchanges and fell behind when Nicolas Pepe got free on the right and fired in beyond Hugo Lloris.

That lead didn’t last long, however, as Olivier Giroud got up highest to nod in Theo Hernandez’s floated cross.

France had the opportunities to win the game, with Antoine Griezmann somehow seeing an effort saved by Badra Ali Sangare from close range.





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