PARIS (AP) – Antoine Griezmann did better as a provider than a finisher, again missing a penalty before setting up the second goal as France beat Andorra 3-0 in a European Championship qualifying match early yesterday.
The newly-singed Barcelona forward saw his spot kick easily saved, having smacked a penalty onto the crossbar in last weekend’s 4-1 home win against Albania.
It ultimately mattered little as France maintained their bid to top Group H ahead of Turkey. Both nations have 15 points from six games and meet next month at the Stade de France.
Starting his first game for France, after a scoring debut as a substitute against Albania, forward Jonathan Ikoné threaded a ball behind the defence for winger Kingsley Coman to thump the ball into the roof of the net after 18 minutes. It was Coman’s third in two games, after netting twice against Albania.
Griezmann could have made it 2-0 but aimed his penalty too close to goalkeeper Josep Gomes in the 28th minute, again from a casual short run-up just like against Albania.
Having denied Turkey until near the very end in a 1-0 loss last Saturday, Gomes made a splendid save to keep out centre back Raphaël Varane’s stinging long-range drive approaching half-time.
But he was well beaten in the 52nd minute when imposing centre back Clément Lenglet headed in Griezmann’s free kick. The veteran goalie then carelessly spilled Nabil Fekir’s injury-time free kick, which was prodded home by fellow substitute Wissam Ben Yedder.