France manager Didier Deschamps.
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Albania shock struggling France thanks to a very tasty free-kick

A third defeat in four games for Didier Deschamps’ side.

FRANCE’S RECENT FALTERING form continued as they slumped to a humbling 1-0 friendly defeat at the hands of Albania today.

The Euro 2016 hosts have been far from convincing in friendly encounters in the last few months, which have included a 3-1 defeat to Brazil and a 4-3 reverse against Belgium last Sunday.

But their performance this afternoon will have been particularly worrying for coach Didier Deschamps, with France second best to a side of inferior international pedigree.

Albania dictated matters for the majority of the game in Elbasan, showing signs of continued improvement as they bid to qualify for Euro 2016.

A well struck free-kick from midfielder Ergys Kace late in the first-half proved to be enough for the eastern European side to claim a surprise victory.

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