In the early exchanges, a Scottish celebration instigated in Seville and which rumbled into the early hours in Glasgow looked like continuing in northern France. As Billy Gilmour whacked the visitors into the lead against the world’s second-ranked team, the feelgood factor around Steve Clarke’s side was cranked up another level. No Scotland, no party.
France had other ideas. Their emphatic response was befitting a side of their status. Scotland have now lost three games in a row but there should be no deep concern attached to that. Two of the matches have been friendlies, the other a keenly contested qualifier against Spain.
Written by Ewan Murray at Stade Pierre Mauroy
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2023/oct/17/france-scotland-international-friendly-match-report under the title “France’s Pavard and Mbappé punish Scotland after Gilmour’s early strike”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.