Antoine Griezmann urged France to immediately turn their focus towards Monday's date with Turkey after beating Iceland 1-0 in Reykjavik.

The Barcelona forward won the penalty Olivier Giroud converted midway through the second half to secure three points, inflicting a first home loss in a year on their hosts. 

World champions France stumbled to a 2-0 defeat against Turkey in June, well beaten in Konya and condemned by critics who had come to expect success. 

It remains the only blip in their campaign and France will book a place at Euro 2020 if they avenge that rare loss by beating Turkey at the Stade de France. 

Griezmann told TF1: "We've got an important match at home now. We suffered over there [in Turkey], so we’ll need to prepare well for this match."

He fell dramatically for the penalty against Iceland, but replays showed Griezmann was impeded and France were well worth their success against a home side who offered little attacking threat but defended doughtily. 

"It was very difficult, a really hard match," Griezmann added. "We needed to take the three points and now we have an important game coming up at home." 

Turkey and France sit on 18 points at the top of Group H, six clear of third-placed Iceland, meaning both are on the brink of qualification for next year's finals. 

Didier Deschamps was satisfied with his team's display as they followed up a 4-0 home win over Iceland in March with a more attritional away success. 

He told TF1: "Firstly that's a victory here, it wasn't easy. We had the chance to get a second, they've been good on set-pieces.  

"That was a man's match, there was commitment, we've responded by having a lot of the ball. We could have made it more comfortable by putting away the chances in the end. It's a good victory ahead of Monday's match." 

Asked about a pre-match knock that kept midfielder N'Golo Kante out of the game, with Moussa Sissoko his late replacement, Deschamps said: "I don't think it's too serious for 'NG'." 

As for whether Kante could face Turkey, Deschamps added: "I do not have the answer tonight."

Olivier Giroud fired world champions France to a 1-0 victory in Reykjavik as Iceland lost a home qualifier for the first time in six years.

On the fringes of things at Chelsea, Giroud remains an integral part of France's plans eight months out from Euro 2020, and his 37th goal for his country came from the penalty spot midway through the second half.

It came after Antoine Griezmann went over in the area, and amid Icelandic protests about the decision by Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi.

But France were the better team for long stretches of the game, worthy of becoming the first visitors to leave Iceland with three points since Slovenia earned a 4-2 win in World Cup qualifying in June 2013.

France beat Iceland 4-0 in Paris earlier in the group but their preparation this time was disrupted by losing N'Golo Kante to injury moments before kick-off, with Moussa Sissoko taking his midfield berth.

France were already without three star men in Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and captain Hugo Lloris. Raphael Varane skippered the team and Steve Mandanda took over from Lloris in goal, as Les Bleus looked to avoid another away-day blip, having lost to Turkey in June.

They kept Hannes Halldorsson in Iceland's goal busy enough before the break, with Benjamin Pavard, Griezmann and Kingsley Coman threatening, but France hit their stride in the second half.

Halldorsson repelled a Griezmann free-kick, before France's Barcelona forward made a hash of a volley. Griezmann thumped another shot wide from 20 yards, searching for a goal that would have taken him to 30 for his country, putting him level in sixth place on the all-time list alongside Just Fontaine and Jean-Pierre Papin.

The penalty award came in the 64th minute when Griezmann went down theatrically after colliding with Ari Skulason.

With Griezmann receiving a little TLC off the pitch, it was Giroud rather than the Barcelona forward who took the spot-kick, firing home to found the bottom-right corner.

It was little surprise Griezmann was able to carry on, and he threatened shortly after with a raking shot that Halldorsson gathered.

Blaise Matuidi hit the post from 10 yards with a scuffed left-footed strike, before almost knocking out defender Victor Palsson with a thumping volley and Halldorsson saved with his legs from substitute Wissam Ben Yedder late on as France stayed unbeaten against Iceland, their record now showing 11 wins and four draws against Friday night's hosts.

France boss Didier Deschamps has insisted Lucas Hernandez is "ready" to play a part in the Euro 2020 qualifier against Iceland, despite concerns from Bayern Munich over his fitness.

Hernandez has missed Bayern's last two matches with a knee injury but is part of France's squad for their games against Iceland and Turkey.

The Bundesliga champions tried to block France calling up the versatile defender for selection, believing he would be better off resting the issue.

Club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt said earlier this week Hernandez will not be able to play any part in Reykjavík, but Deschamps suggested otherwise on the eve of the game with Iceland.

"He is ready. He feels good and has good feelings," Deschamps said at his pre-match news conference. 

"We have done it gradually. He is sufficiently liberated from the injury he had. He is available. But to play 90 minutes, he must start and I can't be certain yet. But yes, he is available."

Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and Hugo Lloris are all ruled out of the double-header with Iceland and Turkey, however, with the influential trio sidelined.

Deschamps admitted it is far from ideal being without key players but has called on others to step up. 

"It is detrimental as a whole because they are very important players in the group," he said. "Also, in terms of leadership - Hugo is captain and Paul is an expressive leader. 

"But there are others who are there and used to have this role like [Olivier] Giroud, [Raphael] Varane, [Blaise] Matuidi and [Steve] Mandanda.

"But it's clear that I prefer to have everyone available. I totally trust the players who are here."

England's Rugby World Cup showdown against France and New Zealand's clash with Italy have been cancelled due to the pending threat of Typhoon Hagibis.

World Rugby announced the two pool fixtures scheduled for Saturday will not take place on "safety grounds" as the typhoon bears down on Japan, but Ireland's game against Samoa in Fukuoka is to be played.

Australia's Pool D finale against Georgia in Shizuoka will also go ahead, while Sunday's fixtures – including Japan's meeting with Scotland – are still being reviewed.

Thursday's statement read: "Based on the latest detailed information from the tournament's independent weather experts, Hagibis is predicted to be the biggest typhoon of the 2019 season and is highly likely to cause considerable disruption in the Tokyo, Yokohama and City of Toyota areas throughout Saturday, including likely public transport shutdown or disruption."

England were set to meet France in their final Pool C game in Yokohama, where top spot was up for grabs at International Stadium Yokohama.

The cancellation – resulting in a 0-0 draw and two points apiece – sees England top the group, meaning Eddie Jones' side are likely to face Australia in the quarter-finals.

France finish runners-up in Pool C, with a last-eight battle against Wales awaiting, should the latter top Pool D ahead of the Wallabies by beating Uruguay.

Organisers also scrapped the Pool B meeting between world champions the All Blacks and Italy in Toyota – located in central Japan.

New Zealand have already qualified for the knockout round as pool winners ahead of South Africa and will face the runner-up in Pool A, with Ireland currently occupying second place.

World Rugby chief operating officer and tournament director Alan Gilpin told the media: "This is a complex and dynamic situation which we have been monitoring extremely closely with the assistance of our weather information experts. We are now in a position to accurately predict the likely impact of Typhoon Hagibis on Rugby World Cup fixtures this weekend.

"While making every possible effort to put in place a contingency plan that would enable all of Saturday's matches to be played, it would be grossly irresponsible to leave teams, fans, volunteers and other tournament personnel exposed during what is predicted to be a severe typhoon.

"As a result, we have taken the decision to cancel some matches in order to ensure the safety of all involved. It is the right thing to do, and comes with the support of all stakeholders, including the teams.

"We fully appreciate that England, France, New Zealand and Italy fans will be disappointed, but we trust they will appreciate that their safety must come first. They will be entitled to a full refund on their match tickets.

"Our message for all fans in Japan for Rugby World Cup is to heed all official advice, stay indoors throughout Saturday and do not attempt to travel on the day."

Typhoon Hagibis is set to wreak havoc in Japan this weekend and Scotland could be the biggest losers at the Rugby World Cup if their crunch match against the hosts is cancelled.

World Rugby will stage a press conference at 12pm in Tokyo on Thursday to announce how the extreme weather will affect key matches between Scotland and Japan on Sunday and England versus France on Saturday.

It has been reported that a contest in which top spot in Pool C is up for grabs between England and France will not go ahead at International Stadium Yokohama.

Japan and Scotland are due to do battle at the same venue just over 24 hours later with qualification for the quarter-finals on the line, but it remains to be seen whether the game will be moved or scrapped.

We look at how cancellations of those fixtures – which would result in a score draw and two points apiece – could leave the final standings and who those that qualify could face in the last eight.

ENGLAND V FRANCE

Eddie Jones' England and Les Bleus are already guaranteed a place in the quarter-finals but there would still be plenty at stake in 'Le Crunch'.

England are top with maximum points and as it stands they will face Australia in their first knockout match of the tournament. 

If the match does not go ahead they are likely to take on the Wallabies, with France coming up against Wales. 

Six Nations champions Wales lead Pool D and should be far too good for Uruguay in their contest on Sunday.

 

JAPAN V SCOTLAND

Three wins out of three have put Japan top of Pool A with a golden opportunity to reach the quarter-finals for the first time.

Scotland remained in the hunt to qualify with a resounding 61-0 drubbing of Russia on Wednesday and would progress by seeing off Japan, even without a bonus-point win provided their margin of victory is more than seven points and the hosts fail to score four tries or more.

Second-placed Ireland will be expected to advance as they take on Samoa in their last pool match.

A cancellation would most likely eliminate Scotland unless Ireland fail to pick up any points against Samoa on Saturday.

World Rugby is set to announce whether it will move two key weekend matches at the Rugby World Cup because of the threat posed by Typhoon Hagibis.

There are concerns the showdown between England and France, which will decide who tops Pool C, will not be able to take place in Yokohama due to the weather threat.

A crunch Pool A contest between hosts Japan and Scotland on Sunday - also in Yokohama - is also under threat with strong winds and heavy rain on the way.

It has been reported that matches may be moved or even cancelled, and the governing body announced it will hold a news conference in Tokyo at 12.00pm local time on Thursday to announce how the schedule may be affected.

World Rugby this week said it has been monitoring the typhoon developing off the south coast of Japan and has a "robust "contingency plan in place should it have an impact on any matches.

England defence coach John Mitchell said: "One thing we really pride ourselves in all our preparation is to be adaptable and flexible for anything that may throw us off.

"At the end of the day we are looking forward to playing France wherever that may be. It is where our preparation is totally focused and at the end of the day we don't let that noise enter our preparation.

"It is not something we decide, that is World Rugby’s decision."

Kylian Mbappe has returned to Paris Saint-Germain and will miss France's Euro 2020 qualifiers with Iceland and Turkey due to injury.

The 20-year-old forward returned from a hamstring problem in the 1-0 win over Bordeaux on September 28 but suffered a complication to the treated area, leading him to miss the 4-0 Ligue 1 defeat of Angers prior to the international break.

Mbappe joined up with the France squad but, following medical tests, the French Football Federation (FFF) has confirmed it has allowed the player to leave Didier Deschamps' group.

Borussia Monchengladbach's Alassane Plea has been called up as Mbappe's replacement.

France face Iceland on Friday before meeting Turkey on Monday in Euro 2020 qualifying.

They are second in Group H on 15 points, the same as leaders Turkey.

Mbappe has only managed six appearances for PSG in all competitions this season, scoring twice.

The former Monaco star will attempt to regain fitness in time for PSG's next Ligue 1 match, which is against Nice on October 18.

Antoine Griezmann is having to adapt to a different style of play at Barcelona but is certainly not unhappy at the club, according to team-mate Clement Lenglet.

Griezmann, a €120million signing from Atletico Madrid in the transfer window, has struggled to find top form since moving to Camp Nou.

The 28-year-old has scored three goals in seven LaLiga appearances but has generally found it difficult to influence games from the left of Ernesto Valverde's attack.

He was dropped to the bench for compatriot Ousmane Dembele for Barca's latest game, a 4-0 league win over Sevilla on Sunday, in which Dembele scored.

There have also been concerns Griezmann is not suited to playing alongside club captain Lionel Messi, largely after the France forward admitted in a news conference that the pair do not often speak.

However, Lenglet insists there is no cause for concern around Griezmann's place at the club.

When asked if Griezmann is happier in the France squad than with Barca, Lenglet replied: "No. I am with him every day and I can tell you that he is very happy in Barcelona.

"He's a positive person who always has a smile on his face. When he arrives in the French team that fact doesn't change. He loves to make jokes, you know him. He hasn't changed, whether it's in Barcelona or in the France squad.

"He's someone who has just arrived and Barcelona is a different club from the other clubs, which plays a different game - a different game from Atletico.

"He has scored three goals, I think he's the club's second-best scorer, even though it's only the beginning of the season. It's still something quite positive.

"He works a lot for the team. He used to play as second striker at Atletico and now he plays on one side. He helps us a lot with his talent and his defensive efforts in every game. He's sacrificing himself for the team. I don't think there is an 'Antoine Griezmann case' as you can try to make me say."

Messi scored his first goal of the season from a free-kick against Sevilla, having been sidelined for much of the early part of the season with a calf problem.

Lenglet says the Argentina star has still been teaching him a few lessons in training, however, where he gives his defensive team-mates a torrid time.

"He is an extraordinary player. We are very happy to have him in Barcelona. He makes a lot of difference," said Lenglet.

"When we are in training, we set the pace. Leo often plays as a joker. He is very clever in his placement, in his way of protecting the ball. It's hard to steal it. You have to anticipate well in advance. We suffer daily but we are happy to have him with us every weekend. That's the main thing."

One of the big positives of Barca's season has been the breakthrough of Ansu Fati, the 16-year-old who has scored twice in five league appearances and captured the attention of Spain with his performances.

"Ansu is very talented," said Lenglet. "He's in a dressing room with a lot of international players and very good players in his position. He took advantage of some absences to have playing time. He was very good when he played.

"He has some minor problems given his age to follow the rhythm of matches and training, but he is very well cared for. He is very professional. It's a very pleasant surprise. I think he's a good player for the future but also for the present because he has many qualities."

Lucas Hernandez would only link up with France's national team if he was fully fit, says Bayern Munich team-mate Benjamin Pavard, who was reluctant to become embroiled in the club-versus-country row.

Versatile defender Hernandez was called up by Les Bleus for upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey despite missing Bayern's past two Bundesliga matches with a knee injury.

Bayern were told by the French Football Federation (FFF) that Hernandez would have to travel to Paris for medical checks after the club initially refused to allow him to link up with the national team.

Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic described himself as "irritated" by the FFF's stance and Bayern doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt said Hernandez would not be fit to play.

France coach Didier Deschamps said he sympathised with Bayern's concerns, but refused to rule out the possibility of Hernandez facing Iceland in Reykjavik on Friday.

Club and international team-mate Pavard said he has been assured by Hernandez he is good condition, though preferred not to take sides in the row.

"If he's here, it means that he's fit. Bayern didn't want to take any chances," he told a news conference. 

"He tells me that everything is fine. After, what happens between Bayern and the France team, it's not my problem. 

"When he goes on X-rays, I don't know what Lucas has on his knees!

"He said he could play on one leg. It's Lucas, we all know he's a warrior. If he's here, he can play."

Didier Deschamps says Bayern Munich are "within their rights" to criticise France's decision to call up the injured Lucas Hernandez.

Hernandez was named in the squad for this month's Euro 2020 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey despite missing Bayern's previous two matches with a knee problem.

The French Football Federation (FFF) informed the Bundesliga champions that the centre-back would have to be made available for medical checks in Paris after the club initially refused to allow him to join up with the France squad.

Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said he was "irritated" by the FFF and club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt insisted Hernandez would not be fit to play for his country.

Deschamps has little issue with Bayern's stance but maintains Hernandez could yet become available for Friday's meeting with Iceland in Reykjavik.

"It doesn't irritate me. I understand them. They're within their rights. They say what they want," Deschamps told reporters at Clairefontaine on Monday.

"Bayern's interest was to have him working during the international break, so they would be able to play him afterwards.

"On our side, we don't question their diagnosis. But we don't play today - we play on Friday [in Iceland]."

France are level on 15 points with Turkey at the top of Euro 2020 qualifying Group H after six matches.

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has hit out at the French Football Federation (FFF) for calling up Lucas Hernandez despite his injury.

Defender Lucas, who joined the Bundesliga club from Atletico Madrid this year, has not played in Bayern's last two games due to a knee problem.

But he was named in France's squad for upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey, with Les Bleus joint top of Group H alongside Seno Gunes' nation.

Bayern's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic insisted Lucas would not be allowed to join up with France, with the club holding the same stance over injured Austria international David Alaba.

The FFF, though, wrote to Bayern informing the club Lucas would still be required to travel to Paris to be examined by France's medical staff - a measure permitted by FIFA regulations.

France coach Didier Deschamps suggested Lucas would be fit to play for his country, an idea strongly refuted by Rummenigge on Monday.

"I am irritated by the behaviour of the FFF," he said in a statement on Bayern's official club website.

"I would like to point out that Lucas Hernandez was not able to play in the Champions League match against Tottenham last Tuesday in London, nor in our Bundesliga match against Hoffenheim on Saturday."

Rummenigge said the other three Bayern players named in Deschamps' squad - Kingsley Coman, Corentin Tolisso and Benjamin Pavard - will all link up with the World Cup winners.

Bayern club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt added: "I am responsible for the health of Lucas Hernandez and I say: he cannot play in the upcoming matches of the French national team, so a secondment makes no sense."

France are without Hugo Lloris after the Tottenham captain dislocated his left elbow in a nasty fall during Saturday's Premier League defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion.

A frustrated Jacques Brunel said France have to "go back to basics" after stumbling past Tonga to reach the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.

Les Bleus won 23-21 on Sunday to set up a Pool C decider against England next week but it was a performance blighted by turnovers and handling errors in Kumamoto.

The impressive Alivereti Raka, who scored a try and set up another, helped France into a 17-0 lead, only for Tonga to put up a brave fightback.

Head coach Brunel cut an exasperated figure when addressing the media after the game and says France will have to put in the hard work on the training ground.

"We want to play better so we need to train more," he said.

"We wanted a bigger scoreline but because of handling errors we were not able to achieve that. Therefore, I guess, we need to go back to basics.

"We tried many different things which didn't work. 

"I'm dissatisfied, like the players who are frustrated. We did attack, had clear opportunities to score quite heavily in the first half, but we made handling errors."

On facing England next time out, Brunel added: "Of course, it's a formidable opponent. We know the difficulty that awaits us, but I think it will be a good meeting before our quarter-final."

Tonga famously defeated France in the 2011 pool stages and head coach Toutai Kefu rued a slow start on this occasion.

"We haven't started games well and it's definitely an issue for us," he said. "Maybe we warm up too long, I don't know.

"But I'm definitely proud of what happened after that – the way they stuck in there and put us in a position to maybe win.

"I'm always proud of the boys, the sacrifices they make just to turn up and endure what they endure on tour."

A frustrated Jacques Brunel said France have to "go back to basics" after stumbling past Tonga to reach the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.

Les Bleus won 23-21 on Sunday to set up a Pool C decider against England next week but it was a performance blighted by turnovers and handling errors in Kumamoto.

The impressive Alivereti Raka, who scored a try and set up another, helped France into a 17-0 lead, only for Tonga to put up a brave fightback.

Head coach Brunel cut an exasperated figure when addressing the media after the game and says France will have to put in the hard work on the training ground.

"We want to play better so we need to train more," he said.

"We wanted a bigger scoreline but because of handling errors we were not able to achieve that. Therefore, I guess, we need to go back to basics.

"We tried many different things which didn't work. 

"I'm dissatisfied, like the players who are frustrated. We did attack, had clear opportunities to score quite heavily in the first half, but we made handling errors."

On facing England next time out, Brunel added: "Of course, it's a formidable opponent. We know the difficulty that awaits us, but I think it will be a good meeting before our quarter-final."

Tonga famously defeated France in the 2011 pool stages and head coach Toutai Kefu rued a slow start on this occasion.

"We haven't started games well and it's definitely an issue for us," he said. "Maybe we warm up too long, I don't know.

"But I'm definitely proud of what happened after that – the way they stuck in there and put us in a position to maybe win.

"I'm always proud of the boys, the sacrifices they make just to turn up and endure what they endure on tour."

France booked their place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals but made hard work of beating Tonga 23-21 in Kumamoto.

Jacques Brunel's men looked set to triumph with ease on Sunday when they moved into a 17-0 lead, thanks largely to the impressive Alivereti Raka scoring one try and laying on another for Virimi Vakatawa.

However, Tonga - who famously stunned France with a 19-14 win in the 2011 pool stage - came roaring back, cutting their deficit to three points through converted scores from Sonatane Takulua and Malietoa Hingano.

Two Romain Ntamack penalties gave France breathing space, but they ended up hanging on for victory after a 78th-minute try from Tonga's Zane Kapeli. Les Bleus will know they must improve significantly in order to beat England on Saturday in what is now a shootout for first place in the pool.

Tonga were ultimately punished for a sloppy start, which saw them fall 10-0 down inside six minutes.

An early Ntamack penalty was followed by Vakatawa's score, the centre left with an easy finish after Raka's fine break and pass.

Raka got on the scoresheet himself after 31 minutes, collecting his own chip to dot down after Baptiste Serin's quick tap-and-go had caught Tonga napping.

Yet the underdogs were given hope before the break when scrum-half Takulua burrowed over for a score he also converted.

Charles Ollivon galloped over for France early in the second half, but his try was chalked off for a forward pass from Sebastien Vahaamahina and Tonga immediately capitalised on the let-off, Hingano crossing after Cooper Vuna's kick had bounced awkwardly to deceive Maxime Medard.

A pair of three-pointers from Ntamack eased French nerves and ultimately proved vital as Kapeli latched on to a high kick to earn Tonga a deserved bonus point.

 

Bayern Munich will not allow Lucas Hernandez to link up with the France squad over the international break, the Bundesliga side's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has declared.

Lucas was on Friday included in Didier Deschamps' 23-man squad for the world champions' upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey.

However, the 23-year-old has missed Bayern's last two matches with a knee injury and Salihamidzic is refusing to let him join up with his national side while he recovers.

The same applies for Austria international David Alaba, who suffered a hairline fracture to his rib in the 7-2 Champions League victory against Tottenham on Tuesday.

"We will notify the national teams that their players are not doing fine, that they are injured. Then the doctors will speak," he said.

The German champions are at risk of breaching FIFA regulations but Salihamidzic added both players will "definitely" not leave Bayern.

Bayern head coach Niko Kovac weighed in on the club-versus-country row after his side's 2-1 home loss to Hoffenheim on Saturday.

"We have our point of view and we have a duty to the players," he said. "If the players are diagnosed with an injury, it's clear that they cannot be used."

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