France v Ukraine Live Commentary & Result, 07/10/2020, Friendlies

1′ We’re off and running!

The teams are on their way out onto the pitch. We’ll have the national anthems, and then we’ll be ready to go.

These sides have only played two games each in 2020, after Covid-19 disrupted the international football calendar. France edged past Sweden 1-0 before beating Croatia 4-2 in a repeat of the 2018 World Cup final, while Ukraine beat Switzerland 2-1 before being thrashed 4-0 in Spain.

Rennes sensation Camavinga makes his senior international debut at just 17 years old, as does the 22-year-old Aouar. Ukraine goalkeeper Bushchan is also making his debut as Shevchenko looks to find a successor to the veteran stopper Andriy Pyatov. Ukraine were left short of goalkeeping options due to Covid-19, so 45-year-old Shovkovskiy – who retired in 2016 – makes the bench.

SUBS: Olexandr Shovkovskiy, Eduard Sobol, Igor Plastun, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Roman Yaremchuk, Viktor Tsygankov, Volodymyr Shepeliev, Roman Bezus, Oleksandr Karavaev, Yevgen Cheberko.

UKRAINE (4-2-3-1): Georgiy Bushchan; Bogdan Mykhaylichenko, Vitaliy Mykolenko, Illia Zabarnyi, Yukhym Konoplia; Ihor Khatarin, Yevhen Makarenko; Oleksandr Zubkov, Andriy Yarmolenko, Ruslan Malinovskyi; Mykola Shaparenko.

SUBS: Hugo Lloris, Mike Maignan, Presnel Kimpembe, Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Kingsley Coman, N’Golo Kante, Lucas Hernandez, Wissam Ben Yedder.

FRANCE (4-4-2): Steve Mandanda; Lucas Digne, Clement Lenglet, Dayot Upamecano, Benjamin Pavard; Houssem Aouar, Steven Nzonzi, Corentin Tolisso; Anthony Martial, Olivier Giroud.

Didier Deschamps’ world champions will be looking to find their rhythm ahead of their upcoming Nations League matches with Portugal and Croatia. Ukraine, now managed by legendary forward Andriy Shevchenko, have two daunting fixtures of their own coming up as they play Germany and Spain.

Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of this international friendly match, as France host Ukraine at the Stade de France in Paris.

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