Pogba and Griezmann were introduced in the second half and France looked lively once more. The stoppage time goal by Payet was a buffer to the score flattering the hosts but it was a game where they had to fight every minute
The partisan atmosphere didn’t deter Albania from challenging the hosts with a dogged display limiting the French to only a few openings until the last minute dramatics. They had a couple of chances to go ahead too but otherwise at no point did they look threatening
Player of the game
Deschamps may have angered a section of the home supporters by dropping the hugely popular Pogba and Griezmann. The Atletico Madrid striker was ineffective but scored from the first shot on target for the French. However, the star of the show was once again the playmaker Payet who was at his best for the hosts. With a hand in three goals already, Payet is proving to be the real difference for Deschamps’ side.