French keeper Mike Maignan denied Nathan Collins an equaliser at the death.
DUBLIN (AP) — With Kylian Mbappé kept quiet, France relied on another brilliant finish from recalled defender Benjamin Pavard to win at Ireland 1-0 in European Championship qualifying on Monday. Making his first appearance since France’s opening match of last year’s World Cup, Pavard intercepted a stray pass just outside Ireland’s area and sent in a shot that glanced in off the underside of the crossbar in the 50th. It was Pavard’s third goal for France and all three have been screamers. His fir
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Striker Baghdad Bounedjah's early goal was enough for Algeria to beat Niger 1-0 in African Cup of Nations qualifying on Monday and book its place at the tournament in Ivory Coast next year. Algeria is the second team to qualify after World Cup semifinalist Morocco. Bounedjah struck in the sixth minute, putting a shot in the bottom right corner after he was played in by Riyad Mahrez. Algeria held firm in a game played in Tunisia to improve its record to four wins fr