Euro 2016: Sagna warns France about scoring too late

Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines (France): France risk being “punished” if they keep on winning Euro 2016 games at the last minute, defender Bacary Sagna warned yesterday.

Bacary Sagna during a press conference yesterday. Pic/AFP
Bacary Sagna during a press conference yesterday. Pic/AFP

The Manchester City star said that Iceland — France's quarter-final opponents on Sunday — are the Leicester City of the European Championship and France’s status as a favourite could be a handicap in the match.

“We are the hosts and maybe we have put extra pressure on ourselves by taking time to get into it,” Sagna told a press conference at the French team base.

“There have been a lot of matches where we have made the difference in the final minutes and one day we will be punished,” he added.

Late goals saw France to group wins over Romania and Albania and they drew their last game against Switzerland 0-0.

Coach Didier Deschamps had to read a half-time riot act to get the French to step up the pace against the Republic of Ireland in the last 16.

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