Bonsoir! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the Match 15 of the ongoing UEFA Euro 2016 at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille on Wednesday. I am R Narayan, and I will be bringing to you the live updates form tonight’s game. France hosted the inaugural European Nations Cup in 1960 where they finished fourth losing to Yugoslavia 4-5 in the semi-finals attended by 26,370 people in the stadium. The Albania football team was created before the Albania Football Association in 1930, during which they joined the FIFA Congress. They lost their first ever international game to Yugoslavia by 2-3. FULL FOOTBALL SCORECARD: France vs Albania, Euro 2016, Group A, Match 15 at Marseille

France 1-0 Albania, Full Time: Five minutes added time as Albania go all guns blazing for the equaliser. GOAL! Dimitri Payet seals the game and win for France after a good finish. His goal also confirms France’s qualification to round of 16, and eliminates Albania from the tournament. After a tough 75 minutes for the hosts, Griezmann gave them the lead with a header, and Payet rounded the match off with a finish late on.

France 1-0 Albania, 90 minutes: Final five minutes plus added time. It will be a great result for Albania. Final few seconds as France get another corner. GOAL! Griezmann heads home Rami’s cross as France take the lead.

France 0-0 Albania, 85 minutes: Free kick for Albania as 15 minutes remain in what has been a close encounter. Giroud is replaced by Andre-Pierre Gignac. A volley from Sagna is just high, as France seek the opener. Another sumptuous delivery from Payet, but Koscielny misses the chance again. Brilliant defending from Albania as they deal with a brilliant cross from Sagna.

France 0-0 Albania, 75 minutes: A brilliant cross from Coman after good play from Kante. But again, Giroud misses the chance. Antoine Griezmann comes in for Coman. Unlucky for France! Another brilliant delivery from the wing, and Giroud meets it beautifully, but only succeeds in hitting the woodwork. Selfish from Pogba, who had a chance to feed his teammate, but tries to do all on his own.

France 0-0 Albania, 65 minutes: Payet with a shot, but it’s well wide. A good build-up play from France results in a corner. A lovely cross once again from Payet. This time, Koscielny fails to flick the header towards the goal. Good play from Pogba as he earns another corner.

France 0-0 Albania, 55 minutes: Paul Pogba has replaced the ineffective Martial! First chance of the half falls to Coman, whose header is just wide of the mark. A positive start from the hosts. A brilliant free kick from Payet isn’t met by any of his teammates. The ball nearly creeps inside the far post. Free kick for Albania, and it’s the post! A good delivery hits Sagna and hits the woodwork. Nearly from Pogba! A good half-volley nearly finds the back of the net.

France 0-0 Albania, Half Time: Free kick in a good area for France. Payet to take it. Another good ball and again Giroud fails to direct the header on target. Corner for Albania! Training ground routine nearly pays off as the visitors get another corner. Albanian fans have found their voices. Lovely play from Payet, who has been the standout player in the half. Foul for Albania, really close to the area. It’s close, but not enough for a goal. Another corner for Albania, who are finishing the half strongly. And it’s Half time! Ring of boo’s against France side for their poor display.

France 0-0 Albania, 35 minutes: France are really struggling to create a clear cut chance. They are dearly missing Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann. Martial has been disappointing to say the least. He has barely had an impact till now. Nearly a perfect ball from Payet. Just a bit too much pace in it for Giroud to chase.

France 0-0 Albania, 25 minutes: A good pass from Payet nearly reaches Giroud. Defenders does well to clear it, but only for a corner. Chance for Martial! Payet lays the ball to Manchester United striker, who is blocked off before he could take a shot. Albania are defending really well.

France 0-0 Albania, 15 minutes: France are enjoying most of the possession, but are yet to create a clear chance. A win for them will confirm their qualification to round of 16, also eliminating their opponents. Albania will be relying on counter-attack, if they are to shock their opponents. Lenyani has been the best bet for visitors, with two-three good runs.

France 0-0 Albania, 5 minutes: A minute of applause is held right before the match begins. Anthony Martial starts for France. Early spell of possession with the home side. First foul of the day, as Kingsley Coman is fouled. Brilliant free kick from Dimitri Payet, just headed above by Olivier Giroud.

Having been given a direct entry into the main tournament as host country France has looked rather erratic in their post Euro form. France have won 3 out their last 5 matches since November, 2015. France kicked off their Euro 2016 campaign with a win over Romania on June 10 at Saint-Denis. Their last and most crucial match is against Switzerland on June 19 at Lille. France is currently coached by Deschamps, who guided them to 2000 title.

According to Wikipedia, Albania started the qualifiers of the UEFA Euro 2016 with an emphatic 1–0 away win against Portugal, which was followed by a 1–1 draw against Denmark at the newly renovated stadium Elbasan Arena. After beating 3–0 Armenia in the last qualifying match, Albania made history by qualified in the UEFA Euro 2016, its first ever appearance at a major men’s football tournament, which proves, that their recent performance have indeed been way better and can be a possible threat to other teams in the competition.


France: Benoît Costil, Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Lucas Digne, Patrice Evra, Christophe Jallet , Laurent Koscielny, Eliaquim Mangala, Samuel Umtiti, Bacary Sagna, Adil Rami, Yohan Cabaye, Morgan Schneiderlin, N’Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Paul Pogba, Moussa Sissoko, Kingsley Coman, Andre-Pierre Gignac, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Anthony Martial, Dimitri Payet.

Albania: Etrit Berisha, Orges Shehi, Alban Hoxha, Andi Lila, Elseid Hysaj, Frederik Veseli, Ansi Agolli, Mërgim Mavraj, Naser Aliji, Arlind Ajeti, Ermir Lenjani, Lorik Cana (c), Migjen Basha, Ledian Memushaj, Taulant Xhaka, Ergys Kaçe, Odise Roshi, Amir Abrashi, Shkëlzen Gashi, Sokol Cikalleshi,Bekim Balaj.