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France vs Bulgaria. FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A.

Stade De France.

France 4

  • K Gameiro (23rd minute, 59th minute)
  • D Payet (26th minute)
  • A Griezmann (38th minute)

Bulgaria 1

  • M Aleksandrov (6th minute pen)

France 4-1 Bulgaria: French come from behind to record emphatic win

France's forward Antoine Griezmann (R) celebrates with France's forward Kevin Gameiro after scoring during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying football matc
Image: Antoine Griezmann (R) celebrates with Kevin Gameiro

Kevin Gameiro struck twice as France came from behind to run out convincing 4-1 winners over Bulgaria in their World Cup Qualifier in Paris.

Dimitri Payet - with a cross-cum-shot - and Antoine Griezmann also got on the score-sheet as France hit back after Mihail Alexsandrov's early penalty at the Stade de France.

The victory was France's first of the campaign after they were held in their Group A opener in Belarus last month, and it put them in good heart for Monday's trip to Holland.

France's forward Dimitri Payet celebrates after scoring during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying football match France vs Bulgaria on October 7, 2016  at
Image: West Ham star Dimitri Payet celebrates after scoring

Bulgaria claimed a surprise early lead after Georgi Milanov wrong-footed Bacary Sagna in the box and was clipped by the Manchester City defender to earn a penalty. Alexsandrov struck from the spot.

France responded well and pulled level after 23 minutes as Sagna atoned for his earlier error by curling in a superb cross for Gameiro to score with a firm glancing header.

Gameiro scores France's first to make it 1-1
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Another quickly followed when what seemed like a cross from the tricky Payet was not touched by the head of the diving Griezmann and bounced straight into the net.

The hosts were denied a penalty after Djibril Sidibe, who replaced an injured Sagna after 27 minutes, went down under a Zhivko Milanov challenge, but they still claimed a third before the break.

France's forward Kevin Gameiro (Front R) is congratuled by teammates Dimitri Payet (R), Antoine Griezmann (C) and Moussa Sissoko (Rear C), Paul Pogba (L) a
Image: Gameiro is congratulated by team-mates
Antoine Griezmann makes it 3-1 for France after a Bulgaria error

Dimitar Pirgov gifted Griezmann the opportunity with a poor ball across his error and the Atletico Madrid forward seized the chance, taking a touch to steady himself and then shooting low into the bottom corner.

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France went in search of more after the break and went close when Laurent Koscielny headed wide.

Gameiro gets his second and France's fourth in the second half against Bulgaria

Their fourth, and Gameiro's second, came just before the hour. Layvin Kurzawa was heavily involved in the move with some great work on the left before finding Griezmann, whose ball across goal then presented his strike partner with a simple finish.

There was to be no hat-trick as Gameiro was replaced after 72 minutes but France continued to press with Moussa Sissoko shooting at Vladislav Stoyanov and Blaise Matuidi hitting the outside of the post.

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