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Victory for France in Euro qualifier at Pittodrie

Scotland 1

King 90'

France 2

Own Goal 11', Tolisso 53'
  • Saturday, 10 October 2015
  • Pittodrie Stadium
  • Under 21´s
  • 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifiying

Chris Cromar | YFS North Region Journalist
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Scotland U21s were beaten 2-1 by a well-drilled French side in their 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying match in front of a 3,025 crowd at Aberdeen’s Pittodrie Stadium.
An own goal and a great solo effort from Corentin Tolisso secured all three points for the French, with Billy King scoring an injury time consolation goal for the Scots, in a match where Ryan Gauld was sent off for the hosts.
This was both sides' second qualifying match, with Scotland winning 2-1 in Northern Ireland and France being defeated 3-2 in Iceland last month.
Scotland started the brighter and Jason Cummings’ ball in to the box from the left was saved low by Mouez Hassen in the opposition goal.
France took the lead as substitute Thomas Lemar’s low cross from the left was cleared by Stephen Kingsley only to deflect off Kilmarnock’s Stuart Findlay and into the net, to give the away side the lead. Lemar was only on the park for three minutes having replaced the injured Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Scotland looked to respond and a volley from the edge of the box by Sporting Lisbon's Gauld hit the crossbar as Scotland searched for the equaliser.
The away side were dealt a blow in the 23rd minute as winger Kingsley Coman, who has scored two goals in four Bundesliga appearances for Bayern Munich this season, was injured. The on-loan Juventus man was replaced by Marcus Coco.
France looked to double their lead as Lemar’s low shot from inside the box went wide of the target.
Scotland had a chance to equalise as Ryan Christie’s free kick from the left was knocked on by Jordan McGhee, with Cummings getting a final touch, only for it to be saved by Hassen in the France goal.
Scotland had the last chance of the half as Gauld’s half volley was well saved down low by Hassen.
  • Half Time:
  • Scotland
  • 0-1
  • France
Eight minutes into the second half France doubled their lead. Tolisso’s mazy run saw him weave his way through the Scotland defence before unleashing a ferocious shot into the net from an acute angle inside the right of the box.
France looked for a third goal that would put the result in no doubt as Lemar’s low ball in from the left was well saved by Jack Hamilton in the Scotland goal.
France thought they had scored their third goal as Tolisso’s low shot found the back of the net, however, to Scotland’s relief, it was ruled out for offside.
Scotland looked to get back into the game as Christie’s volley from outside the box went well wide of the goal.
Down 2-0 to a top quality side like France, the game got a lot more difficult for the Scots as playmaker Gauld was sent off for a rash challenge on France’s Coco.
Despite being a man down, substitute Lawrence Shankland forced Hassen into a save as Scotland looked to pull one back.
France looked to secure all three points as Lemar’s shot from the edge of the box went wide of the target.
Scotland pulled one back in stoppage time as King slotted home after being set up by Shankland to give the Scots some hope.
As full time approached Coco’s shot from outside the box went wide, before the French secured all three points.
In their next qualifying fixtures, Scotland host group leaders Iceland at Pittodrie on Tuesday evening, with the Icelanders having played two more games, while France play Ukraine on the same evening in Strasbourg, as the race to Poland hots up.
  • Full Time:
  • Scotland
  • 1-2
  • France


1 Jack Hamilton
2 Callum Paterson
3 Stephen Kingsley
4 John McGinn (C)
5 Stuart Findlay
6 Jordan McGhee
8 Craig Slater
9 Jason Cummings
10 Sam Nicholson
11 Ryan Gauld
13 Ryan Christie
14 Lawrence Shankland
15 Declan McManus
19 Billy King
1 Mouez Hassen
3 Benjamin Mendy
4 Aymeric Laporte (C)
6 Adrien Rabiot
7 Tiemoue Bakayoko
8 Corentin Tolisso
9 Kingsley Coman
11 Sebastien Haller
12 Thomas Lemar
14 Marcus Coco
18 Enzo Crivelli
19 Jordan Amavi
21 Benjamin Pavard
22 Remi Walter
Star Player
John McGinn – The Scotland U21 captain and Hibernian midfielder had a good game in the middle of the park and played well against top quality opposition.
Thomas Lemar – The Monaco midfielder did well after coming on as a substitute in the eighth minute and helped set up France’s opening goal.
Magic Moment
Ryan Gauld’s volley from the edge of the box that hit the crossbar in the first half.
Corentin Tolisso’s goal that made it 2-0 was excellent, especially the way he ran past the Scotland defence before scoring from an acute angle.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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