France end winless run and Scotland revive World Cup hopes

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Pulse-gh Sept. 8, 2021 2:06 a.m.

France end winless run and Scotland revive World Cup hopes

Serbia's bid to qualify for a second successive World Cup finals suffered a setback as Nikola Milenkovic's late own goal and a superb display from teenage goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu gave the Republic of Ireland a battling 1-1 draw in Dublin.

France were roared on by 57,000 passionate spectators in Lyon where Griezmann -- who ended an unhappy spell at Barcelona with a loan move back to Atletico Madrid in the transfer window -- combined well with Karim Benzema as their side overcame a disjointed start.

The victory moved the Scots up to second in Group F, seven points behind Euro 2020 semi-finalists Denmark who are cruising with a 100 percent record after thrashing Israel 5-0.

After a frustrating 1-1 draw with Ukraine in their last game, the victory was a welcome boost for the French who are still smarting after crashing out of Euro 2020 at the last 16 stage this summer.

The Dutch led 3-0 by half-time and any remaining chance for the Turks vanished when Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu was sent off for a second bookable offence shortly before the break.

Louis van Gaal's side moved into top spot in Group G by virtue of goal difference above Norway who outclassed minnows Gibraltar 5-1, with Erling Braut Haaland notching a hat-trick..

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