>> France narrowly beat Moldova for the 9th round of playoffs (2-1). Rata took advantage of a mistake by Clement Lenglet and Steve Mandanda to surprise the Blues and open the scoring in the 9th minute. Moldovans have been cornered for a long time before giving in on an error by their goalkeeper, embarrassed by Olivier Giroud. Well placed, Raphaël Varane did not let the opportunity to bring his people to a tie (1-1, 35th). After half-time, the Blues pushed and multiplied the attempts, but the Moldovans defended well and managed to repel the French assaults. It was finally on a good combination between Digne and Mbappé that the Moldovans cracked and conceded a penalty. As against Iceland, Olivier Giroud did not tremble when giving the advantage to his (2-1, 79th). The Blues could have widened the gap, but Griezmann (81), Mbappé (84) and Giroud (88) were not successful.
>> Already qualified for the final phase before this meeting after the draw of Turkey against Iceland (0-0), the Blues benefit from this short victory to regain the lead of the group. The Blues are two points ahead of the Turks (also qualified) to a day of the end.