Ronaldo fires Portugal, France complicates path to Russia

Ronaldo fires Portugal, France complicates path to Russia

Ronaldo fires Portugal, France complicates path to Russia

Ola Toivonen took advantage of a Hugo Lloris error to score an injury-time victor from inside his own half as Sweden beat France in their World Cup qualifier in Stockholm.

No doubt Lloris will be kicking himself tonight!

The home side then grabbed the victor in the third and last minute of stoppage time when Lloris came out of his goal but hit a poor clearance straight to Toivonen on the halfway line.

On the France backline Raphael Varane and Laurent Koscielny had been kept on their toes with the Sweden midfield often lofting long balls at Marcus Berg and one one such run Paul Pogba was booked for pulling Berg back.

Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud fired Les Bleus into the lead in the 37th minute with a superb volley into the top corner after taking the ball down at the far post.

As for the game itself, Sweden would equalise before the break via Jimmy Durmaz.

Sweden didn't take long to respond, hitting back via Jummy Durmaz six minute later. After cruising past Bulgaria 4-1, France won two close matches against the Netherlands and Sweden. Alongside him was Antoine Griezmann, Dimitri Payet and somewhat surprisingly, Moussa Sissoko.

He was around five yards inside his own half. Instead, they'll remember Lloris's howler.

Coming into this match, France had the ideal confidence boost after beating Paraguay 5-0 in a friendly last Friday.

A poor clearance by Tottenham 'keeper Hugo Lloris fell to Ola Toivonen and the former Sunderland loanee fired home from the half-way line.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal in the Group B World Cup qualifier against Latvia at the Skonto Stadium in Riga.

Lloris rolled a pass into a midfield pocket without French players around, giving Sweden's Ola Toivonen the ideal window to boot a shot 58 yards down the pitch and into an open goal for a 2-1 win.

For Deschamps's side it was the first defeat in qualifying and they next face a tough test against the Netherlands in Paris.

France will need him to be back to his normal self when UEFA's qualifying continues in August.

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