PARIS: France will host Ukraine at the Stade de France early Thursday morning Malaysian time for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
A 4-2 win over Sweden last November in the same court was a benchmark for France.
Two goals from experienced Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud and goals from Bayern Munich stars Benjamin Pavard and Kingsley Coman ensured the hosts’ victory.
In contrast to Ukraine, they traveled here on a mission to bounce back from a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Switzerland last November.
However the defeat came on UEFA punishment after Ukraine was quarantined following a positive result of COVID-19 in its squad, with a 3-0 victory awarded to Switzerland.
In the last 10 record meetings between the two teams, France have won six, lost once and drawn three.
The last time they met was last year, with France beating Ukraine 7-1.
Giroud also scored twice in the match with Eduardo Camavinga, Corentin Tolisso, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann also finding targets.
France has a line -up of star players that makes it easy for its manager Didier Deschamps to select his strongest squad.
Mbappe who is also the Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) striker; Real Madrid center -back Raphael Varane; Manchester United planner Paul Pogba and Barcelona star Griezmann are all set to be brought down.
Meanwhile, Ukraine featured West Ham winger Andriy Yarmolenko; Atalanta stars Ruslan Malinovskyi and Viktor Kovalenko, as well as veteran Shakhtar Donetsk goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov.