EURO qualifying: France tops Iceland; England win marred by racism
England and France made sure their EURO 2020 qualifying stayed on script, completing 6-point starts to the campaign on Monday.
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Montenegro 1-5 England
Sloppy English defending allowed Legia Warsaw man Marko Vesovic to put Montenegro ahead at Podgorica City Stadium, but the Three Lions sound found their footing.
Michael Keane scored his first England goal before Ross Barkley redirected a Callum Hudson-Odoi strike eight minutes later to give Gareth Southgate’s men a 2-1 lead at the break.
Barkley completed his brace when Montenegro keeper Stefan Savic pushed a clearance of a Raheem Sterling cross back toward the Chelsea man. Harry Kane and Sterling also scored for the Three Lions.
"When Danny Rose was booked at the end of the game I definitely heard racist chanting behind me."— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) March 25, 2019
Gareth Southgate says @England will report racist chanting he heard directed at his players during his side’s 5-1 Euro 2020 win in Montenegro: https://t.co/Y1NULXjt3K pic.twitter.com/Y6QvJZUEIo
France 2-0 Iceland
Samuel Umtiti was the surprise goal scorer, heading home a Kylian Mbappe cross as hosts France were only able to break down Iceland on one occasion until the 68th minute.
That’s when Olivier Giroud moved into third place all-time on the French goal scoring list, behind only Michel Platini and Thierry Henry. The Chelsea man was in position to score when goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldórsson made a mess of Benjamin Pavard’s cross.
Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann would also score in the win.
Giroud has six fewer goals than Platini, and is 16 behind Henry’s 51.
Portugal 1-1 Serbia -- Ronaldo hurt
Kosovo 1-1 Bulgaria
Luxembourg 1-2 Ukraine
Andorra 0-3 Albania
Turkey 4-0 Moldova