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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.


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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