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Nations League scores: Spain join France in final four as Croatia avoid relegation


The Chelsea midfielder showed striker's instincts to turn home Ivan Perisic's cross; having seen his first effort parried by Rui Patricio he was first to the rebound to score his first international goal since a 4-0 win over Gibraltar in June 2015.


Victory over Croatia on Saturday had given Sweden hope that they could avoid relegation to League B and that only grew in the fourth minute when Viktor Claesson picked up Paul Pogba's half-clearance and skewed a low shot past Hugo Lloris.


It did not take long for France to strike back as Marcus Thuram carried the hosts forward on a sweeping break that ended with Giroud finding plenty of space to rifle a left-footed drive into the bottom corner.


France had already booked their place in October's finals but showed no sign of letting up with Deschamps unleashing Kylian Mbappe in the second half, the Paris Saint-Germain forward racing away to cross for Giroud to score another.


Goalkeeper Robin Olsen had joined the attack for Dejan Kulusevski's late free-kick but when the Juventus forward hit the first man it was left for Kingsley Coman to roll a fourth into an empty net.


Sergiy Kryvtsov, Junior Moraes, Dmytro Riznyk, Yevgen Makarenko, Eduard Sobol and Ruslan Malinovskyi had confirmed cases on Monday, prompting Swiss authorities to put the entire Ukrainian contingent into quarantine.






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