France v Bulgaria Live Commentary & Result, 08/06/2021, Friendlies

1′ The referee blows his whistle and France kick things off.

The teams are coming out onto the field and will now observe the national anthems.

With just one defeat in their last 19 games, France will be red-hot favourites against a Bulgaria side that are without a win in seven.

As for Bulgaria, Yasen Petrov makes six changes to the side that were beaten by Russia on Saturday. Among them, Daniel Naumov replaces Ivan Karadzhov in goal, while there are also recalls for the likes of Vasil Bozhikov, Ilian Iliev and Bozhidar Kraev.

Didier Deschamps makes just a single change to the side that began France’s 3-0 win over Wales last week. Following his Champions League final exploits with Chelsea, N’Golo Kante returns to the side and replaces Adrien Rabiot in midfield. Once again, Karim Benzema partners Kylian Mbappe up front with Antoine Griezmann pulling the strings just behind.

SUBS: Nikolay Mihaylov, Antonio Vutov, Petar Vitanov, Lachezar Kotev, Andrej Galabinov, Yanis Karabelyov, Birsent Karagaren, Andrea Hristov, Georgi Minchev, Dimitar Iliev, Momchil Tsvetanov, Ivan Karadzhov.

BULGARIA (4-4-2): Daniel Naumov; Ivan Turitsov, Petko Hristov, Valentin Antov, Vasil Bozhikov; Ilian Iliev, Ivaylo Chochev, Bozhidar Kraev, Dominik Yankov; Atanas Iliev, Kiril Despodov.

SUBS: Steve Mandanda, Lucas Digne, Wissam Ben Yedder, Clement Lenglet, Ousmane Dembele, Kurt Zouma, Thomas Lemar, Moussa Sissoko, Leo Dubois, Jules Kounde, Olivier Giroud, Mike Maignan.

FRANCE (4-3-1-2): Hugo Lloris; Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Hernandez; Corentin Tolisso, N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba; Antoine Griezmann; Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe.

This is France’s final warm-up game before Euro 2020 and Les Bleus will be eager to build some momentum ahead of their opening group match against Germany next week.

Hello and a warm welcome to everyone joining us for today’s international friendly between France and Bulgaria at Stade de France.

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