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England, France win Euro 2020 qualifiers amid Albanian anthem gaffe

Ukraine beat Lithuania 3-0 to march clear at the top of Group B, while Portugal won 4-2 in Serbia to go second.

Albania stand for their national anthem after the wrong one had been played earlier.

Albania stand for their national anthem after the wrong one had been played earlier.Credit:AP

France’s game in Saint-Denis started inauspiciously as the Andorra national anthem was played instead of the Albanian, with the visitors not willing to kick off until the situation was remedied.

However, before the correct anthem was played the stadium announcer mistakenly issued the apology “to Armenia”.

France were far slicker on the pitch and Bayern Munich’s Coman was on target twice in an impressive display.

Didier Deschamps’s side took the lead after eight minutes when Coman finished calmly after a fine through pass from Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.

Danny Rose of England wraps his boot around the ball against Bulgaria at Wembley.

Danny Rose of England wraps his boot around the ball against Bulgaria at Wembley.Credit:Getty Images

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud doubled France’s lead with a cool finish in the 27th minute.

Coman netted his second after the break after a slick team move to give France’s lead some deserved padding, with substitute Jonathan Ikone netting a fine fourth.

Hugo Lloris conceded a late penalty for France and could not keep out Sokol Cikalleshi’s consolation.

Gareth Southgate’s England moved top of Group A ahead of Kosovo with Kane bagging a treble against a weak Bulgaria.

Kane had an early goal disallowed for offside but was soon on the scoresheet when Bulgaria goalkeeper Plamen Iliev gifted Raheem Sterling the ball and he teed up the England skipper.

It was the only strike of a dull first half at Wembley but Kane doubled his tally from the penalty spot early in the second period when Nikolay Bodurov brought down Marcus Rashford.

Kane set up Sterling for the third after 55 minutes as England ripped apart their opponents.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker added his third from the penalty spot as England saw out the game in style.

“In a game like this you have got to make sure the concentration is right. I always felt we had enough firepower to win the game,” said Southgate.

“I’m generally pleased. Some of our attacking play was really exciting.”

Meanwhile, Portugal edged a 4-2 thriller in Serbia to usurp their opponents and move into second place in Group B.

William Carvalho and Goncalo Guedes put the visitors two goals up, with Cristiano Ronaldo adding a third after Nikola Milenkovic pulled one back.

Aleksandar Mitrovic struck to close the gap again but Bernardo Silva slotted home to seal Portugal’s victory.

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