Video:Griezmann scores as France beat Italy 3-1 in friendly

By Mutala Yakubu
Antoine Griezmann
Antoine Griezmann

France continued their impressive build up to the World Cup with a comfortable victory over Italy in Nice.


Samuel Umtiti set the hosts on their way after Kylian Mbappe's effort was parried by the Italian goalkeeper, Salvatore Sirigu.

The French doubled their lead when Antoine Griezmann converted a penalty after Lucas Hernandez had been fouled.

Leonardo Bonucci reduced the arrears for Italy but Ousmane Dembele's chip rounded off a fine French display.

France beat the Republic of Ireland 2-0 on Monday.

On-loan Paris St-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe impressed on what was his 14th start for France

 

Useful exercise for Deschamps

France have now won five and drawn one of the six games played between the two nations since Italy - who have failed to qualify for Russia - defeated them on penalties to win the World Cup final in 2006.

While this was far from the level of that high stakes encounter in Berlin's Olympic Stadium, it did nevertheless prove a worthwhile exercise for France manager Didier Deschamps.