France build up Sweden advantage

France 2-0 Sweden Florian Thauvin's penalty and a headed finish from Geoffrey Kondogbia put the home side in command in Le Mans.

Geoffrey Kondogbia (No19) receives congratulations after scoring France's second
Geoffrey Kondogbia (No19) receives congratulations after scoring France's second ©AFP/Getty Images

France can feel confident ahead of Tuesday's UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off decider against Sweden in Halmstad after taking a two-goal lead in Le Mans.

Florian Thauvin finished from the spot just before half-time after Ludwig Augustinsson was penalised for a handball in the area, and Pierre Mankowski's side doubled their advantage in the 81st minute as AS Monaco FC midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia got on the end of a corner.

Sweden goalkeeper Patrik Carlgren received a bit of good luck on 29 minutes when Thauvin's free-kick set up Anthony Martial, who failed to find the target from a good position. However, it was only to be a temporary respite, Thauvin converting his penalty on 43 minutes.

Things became more difficult for Sweden in this tie when, nine minutes from time, Paul-Georges Ntep De Madiba's well-flighted corner was glanced into the net by Kondogbia.

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