Kylian Mbappe Scores as France Beat Andorra 4-0 in 2020 Euro Qualifier

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 11, 2019

ANDORRA LA VELLA, ANDORRA - JUNE 11: Kylian Mbappe of France celebrates with teammate Antoine Griezmann of France after scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualification match between Andorra and France on June 11, 2019 in Andorra la Vella, Andorra. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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France bounced back from their shock 2-0 defeat to Turkey on Saturday as they thrashed Andorra 4-0 in Group H of UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying on Tuesday.

Goals from Kylian Mbappe, Wissam Ben Yedder, Florian Thauvin and Kurt Zouma at the Estadi Nacional in Andorra la Vella secured a third win from four matches in qualifying for Les Bleus and ensured they moved into a tie for first place in their group.

Andorra, meanwhile, remain without a point or a goal in Euro 2020 qualifying and are rooted to the bottom of the standings.

It did not take long for France to impose their authority on the hosts as Mbappe netted a milestone goal in the 11th minute:

OptaJean @OptaJean

100 - Kylian Mbappé has scored his 100th goal in all competitions with club (87) + national team (13), in his 180th game played in his career. Centenary. #ANDFRA https://t.co/emh6UdwfvI

B/R Football @brfootball

And @KMbappe is just getting started ⚡ https://t.co/V2ijcm0968

Antoine Griezmann flicked on from the halfway line to the onrushing Paris Saint-Germain forward, who burst into the left-hand side of the box and clipped a deft chip over the onrushing Josep Gomes.

That effectively scuppered any Andorran plans to frustrate the French, but they showed little ambition to find an equaliser.

Griezmann should have got a goal of his own in the 22nd minute, but he touched heavily into Gomes' grateful hands after wonderful build-up play down the right.

But it wasn't long before Les Bleus had doubled their lead, Ben Yedder sweeping home from the edge of the box just before the half-hour despite Gomes getting a touch.

France's forward Florian Thauvin (L) shoot and scores during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualification football match between Andorra and France at the National stadium in Andorra La Vella, on June 11, 2019. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)        (Photo credit should
FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

The finish of the match came in first-half stoppage time as Thauvin acrobatically scissor-kicked home Mbappe's looping cross for the world champions' third.

With the points effectively wrapped up after 45 minutes, Les Bleus could have been forgiven for taking their foot of the gas in the second half.

They continued to create chances, though, with Griezmann, Thauvin and Paul Pogba all carving out fine opportunities before the hour.

A fourth was imminent, but it eventually came from an unlikely source as Zouma got his first international goal to complete the rout for Didier Deschamps' side:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Kurt Zouma has scored his first ever goal for the France senior team in his first ever competitive appearance for his nation. A day of firsts in a Les Bleus shirt. 🇫🇷 https://t.co/b8bnpMclvo

He rose highest at a corner in the 60th minute, and despite seeing his headed effort half-saved, he eventually scrambled it home from close range.


What's Next?

France next face Albania in Euro 2020 qualifying on September 7, while Andorra visit Turkey on the same day.


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