Sweden 2-1 France: Late Toivonen victor punishes Lloris

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A dramatic victor for a pulsating game and Sweden fully deserved the win, which now puts them on top of their group with 13 points from six games.

Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) gestures during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Latvia and Portugal in Riga, on June 9, 2017. Check out Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's left-footed volley that gave France an early 1-0 advantage.

Giroud now has nine goals in his last 11 appearances for France. If we didn't win this game, we should have got a draw.

There was nothing impressive - or justifiable - about the error from Lloris that led to Sweden's victor against France in Group A.

The France 'keeper will watch replays in horror after he dribbled out of his box and made a terrible cut back intercepted by Toivonen, who lofted a snap lob from just inside his half and watched Lloris lose his desperate run to stop the ball rolling into an empty goal.

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Incredibly, France still lost this game after goalkeeper Hugo Lloris did the unthinkable.

Didier Deschamps insists he will not condemn France captain Hugo Lloris despite his shocking error that handed Sweden an important victory in a World Cup qualifying tie. The hosts will be the more offensive team in the first half of the match, but ultimately they won't risk one point for a chance to claim three. With the Swedes three points behind in second place and the Netherlands struggling to find their form, a win on Friday would put France in a strong position to qualify.

Veterans Wesley Sneijder - on his national record 131st appearance - and Arjen Robben scored in the first half.

Goals from Dries Mertens and Nacer Chadli allowed Belgium to outclass a resilient 10-man Estonia 2-0 in their World Cup qualifier in Tallinn and maintain top spot in Group H.

Marc Rebes scored the victor with a 26th-minute header from the far side of the area, sending the ball over the head of Hungary goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi. Les Bleus are coming from a comfortable 3-1 win against Luxembourg in the qualifying stage and defeated Sweden 2-1 before that encounter.




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