Pogba and Payet help France to win over Sweden
World Cup Qualifier, Stade de France: France 2 (Pogba 58, Payet 65) Sweden 1 (Forsberg 54)
The hosts had carved out the better chances before the break but found themselves a goal behind after Emil Forsberg's free kick caught a statuesque Hugo Lloris by surprise, the France keeper rooted to the spot. But the lead was short lived as Paul Pogba flicked home Payet’s set piece before the midfielder slotted home after keeper Robin Olsen flapped into his path.
France’s victory means they now top Group A with ten points to Sweden’s seven.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Dimitri Payet (France) - This was yet another great game in a blue shirt for Payet, with the West Ham midfield magician providing an assist and the goal that decided the game.
54’ – GOAL! France 0-1 Sweden: Lloris is rooted to the spot as Forsberg hits his free kick over the wall and to the keeper’s right. Looked caught off guard.
57’ – GOAL! France 1-1 Sweden: Pogba gets the slightest of flicks on Payet’s free kick and heads France level.
65’ – GOAL! France 1-2 Sweden: It’s a howler from Robin Olsen, who flaps into Payet’s path and the midfielder does the rest.
86’ – CHANCE SWEDEN! Isaac Thelin squanders a great chance to level matters minutes from the end, Laurent Koscielny doing just enough to put him off his shot.