Report: France 2-3 Colombia
Date: 23 March 2018
Venue: Stade de France
Colombia claimed the spoils in a five-goal thriller after they came back from two goals down to defeat France 3-2 at the Stade France on Friday evening.
Olivier Giroud grabbed the lead for Les Bleus in the 11th minute after goalkeeper David Ospina fluffed a cross onto the striker’s foot and he easily poked into the back of the net for his 30th international goal.
Thomas Lemar doubled the home side's lead in the 26th minute with a strike from the edge of the box after he was sent through by Kylian Mbappe.
Luis Muriel got Colombia back into the game by reducing the deficit to 2-1 two minutes later as James Rodriguez played a brilliant ball to the far post, where the Sevilla forward was on hand to fire past Hugo Lloris.
The goal seemed to have sparked Jose Pekerman’s troops into life and they started to threaten although only on counter-attacks.
France’s Antoine Griezmann could not beat Ospina in the 36th minute after he was sent through on goal, with the Arsenal shot-stopper coming off his line to avert the danger.
Rodriguez had a chance to bring Colombia level on the stroke of halftime with a free-kick from just outside the box, but the Bayern Munich man skied his effort over the bar.
Colombia were aggressive and threatening after coming from the break showing significant improvement although Les Bleus were just as dangerous going forward.
Falaco found the equaliser for Pekerman’s men two minutes after the hour, combining to good effect with Rodriguez on a counter-attack before netting his 29th goal for Colombia.
The match was stretching from end to end with 10 minutes remaining as both sides were pressing for the winner.
However, Colombia were awarded a penalty with five minutes left to play and River Plate midfielder Juan Quintero found the net from 12-yards to seal a 3-2 win for the South Americans.