Griezmann gives France win in Bosnia

SARAJEVO (AFP) – Antoine Griezmann scored the only goal of the game in the second half as reigning world champions France ground out a 1-0 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina in World Cup qualifying early yesterday.

Griezmann headed in Adrien Rabiot’s cross on the hour in Sarajevo to give the holders their second away win in four days following their 2-0 success in Kazakhstan at the weekend.

After being held 1-1 at home by Ukraine in their opening game on the road to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, France are now in a strong position at the top of qualifying Group D.

They sit on seven points, four points ahead of Ukraine who were held 1-1 by Kazakhstan in Kiev, and five clear of Finland who have a game in hand.

However, captain Hugo Lloris admitted they did not play well.

“It was a bit laborious, especially in the first half,” Lloris, who matched Thierry Henry’s tally of 123 caps, told broadcaster M6.

“We played badly but we won thanks to the spirit of the team. That is something we can rely on, it is not the first time, but we need to move on and improve.”

France’s Antoine Griezmann scores his side’s opening goal during the World Cup 2022 group D qualifying match against Bosnia. PHOTO: AP