France confirmed their dominance of Group D and their place in the quarter-finals of the UEFA European Under-16 Championship with a resounding 5-0 victory over Finland at Grimsby Town’s.
Jean-François Jodar's side cruised to victory against Finland, who had already been eliminated, with a ruthless and clinical display of counter-attacking football.
After several chances were squandered early on, Anthony Le Tallec of Le Havre AC unleashed a ferocious free-kick which flew into the net and shortly before the break AJ Auxerre’s Youssef Sofiane ran on to a through-ball to slot home.
Sébastien Grax from AS Monaco FC made it three with a shot that sneaked inside the near post just after the break, before Le Tallec capitalised on goalkeeper Lauri Pirhonen’s ill-judged dash from his area to tap in the fourth from close range. Grax scored the fifth after the goalkeeper had blocked Mourad Meghni’s shot.
France can now turn their thoughts towards a quarter-final against Russia on Monday at York and a satisfied coach Jodar said: "I’m extremely happy with the three performances of my team. Today’s match allowed me to give some new players a chance and the team’s rhythm was not disrupted at all."