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Europe, Under 17s

European Under 17 Championship: France 1-1 Georgia

Davit Jikia and Mohamed Chemlal tussle for the ball.

A Georgia penalty denied France a first win of the group stage as they finished 1-1 against the underdogs.

Although Germany have qualified, second place in Group A is up for grabs as these two sides plus Iceland will closely contest the final qualification position in the final matchday.

Jean-Claude Giutini had an early effort for France but was unable to take advantage.

Georgia’s breakthrough came when Davit Jikia raced on to a lofted ball forward and a clumsy challenge from the hastily retreating Franck Bambock resulted in a penalty. Up stepped Chiaber Chechelashvili to roll in the opener.

Thomas Lemar came on as a substitute and almost got France back into the game immediately but his efforts were prevented by the finish of his teammate Hervin Ongenda as Lemar slipped a ball into him.

Controlling possession and forcing a raft of corners, France were knocking on the door, and on 67 minutes it opened. A ball into the box was headed out and the lurking Lemar showed terrific technique to fire a first-time volleyed effort low into the bottom-right corner.

Les Bleus hunted a winner for large periods after the goal but will be happy with a point that sees it all open in the final game where they will play Germany, who have nothing to play for as they have already won the group.

 

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About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.

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