Wed, 09/06/21, 11:44
Pavard assist in France victory, Lewy's Poland draw
With three Bayern players in the starting line-up, world champions France celebrated a successful Euros dress rehearsal on Tuesday evening. In the 3-0 win against Bulgaria, national coach Didier Dechamps relied on FCB's Corentin Tolisso, Lucas Hernández and Benjamin Pavard - with the latter setting up the second goal for Olivier Giroud (83'). Antoine Griezmann scored the first goal (29') and Giroud netted again to make sure of the win (90').
The fourth FC Bayern player in the Équipe Tricolore squad, Kingsley Coman, was rested against the Bulgarians, looking ahead to the eagerly awaited opening game against Germany next Tuesday (21:00 CEST). On the German side, Thomas Müller has already expressed his views about the cracker: "On 15 June I see the French as favourites. But that doesn't mean they'll win," said the 31-year-old in an interview.
Draw for Poland in final friendly
The last friendly for Robert Lewandowski's Poles before their first game against Slovakia next Monday (18:00 CEST) did not go quite as smoothly. Coach Paulo Sosa's team could only manage a 2-2 (1-1) draw against Iceland on Tuesday evening in Poznan. The Polish captain and record scorer Lewandowski was rested in the 1-1 draw against Russia, but started this game and was replaced in the 81st minute. Albert Guðmundsson (26' minute) and Birkir Bjarnason (47') put the Icelanders into the lead twice, but Piotr Zieliński (34') and Lewandowski's replacement Karol Świderski (88') both equalised.
Germany celebrated a 7-1 win against Latvia on Monday in their final friendly before the Euros: