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.