Saturday October 9, 2010 Group Stage: Group D Finished Stade de France

France 2 - 0 Romania

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  • Gourcuff 90’

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  1. Euro 2012 qual. - France v Romania: LIVE

    Euro 2012 qual. - France v Romania: LIVE

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    Time:90'
    • France
    • Romania
    • 90' Thanks for following the match on Eurosport tonight.
    • 90' And that's it. France left it late, but they beat Romania 2-0 in Paris.
    • 90' That settles it. M'Vila finds Payet on the right, who does well to pull his cross back to Gourcuff, who steers his shot into the empty net.
    • 90' GOAL! Gourcuff makes it 2-0! France are home and dry.
    • 89' Great chance for Remy to score his second after a beautiful teasing cross by Malouda from the left found Remy at the far post, but he couldn't direct his header on target. Could, and maybe should, have done better.
    • 88' Romania sub: Roman on, Cocis off
    • 88' France sub: Payet on, Benzema off
    • 87' You can sense the relief in the stadium after that goal.
    • 86' Florescu is booked for Romania after a foul on Benzema.
    • 85' A long pass finds Remy striding away from Chivu, who can't catch him before he fires an unstoppable strike low to the far post. Textbook finish and a goal out of nothing.
    • 84' GOAL! Loic Remy breaks the deadlock and what a strike! 1-0 France
    • 83' Time running out for France...
    • 81' Mexes (France) is booked for a late challenge on Marica
    • 78' A frustrated Malouda smashes (and slices) a shot very high and very wide from 25 yards. That didn't go down well with the French fans.
    • 75' Hearts still in mouths as the Saint Denis crowd fall quiet. Do they sense 'another Belarus?'
    • 72' France sub: Gourcuff on, Nasri off
    • 70' Sapunaru hits the post for Romania! Great break by Romania, but Sapunaru scuffs his shot from close range after the substitute Deac pulled his cross back to him. Should have been 1-0 Romania, that.
    • 67' France sub: Remy on, Valbuena off
    • 66' Romania clear. But Benzema gets it back for France but his cross from the left is too high for everyone.
    • 65' Good running down the right by Reveillere for France, who wins a corner.
    • 63' Romania sub: Marica on, Niculae off
    • 61' ANOTHER SAVE by Pantilimon! Really incredible goalkeeping by the keeper, this time from Nasri, who showed good strength to get beyond Tamas and, rather than rolling the ball across to Benzema, Nasri went for goal - but the inspired Pantilimon saved with his feet.
    • 59' Benzema and Malouda both see shots saved by the brilliant Pantilimon in the Romania goal.
    • 57' Valbuena hits the bar for France! His shot is saved briliiantly by Pantilimon and comes back off the bar.
    • 54' Wave after wave of France attacks...
    • 50' France win a corner and Mexes's header is saved. But France have yet another corner...
    • 49' At the other end, Benzema is at the heart of the action again. He finds Valbuena, who backheels it to Malouda, who fires straight at Pantilimon.
    • 48' France caught cold there.
    • 47' Romania come incredibly close at the start of the second half! Stancu's run and cross is volleyed goalwards by Florescu but saved brilliantly by Lloris. Stancu tried to get slide the ball in at the far post but couldn't connect. Great chance.
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • 45' See you for the second half in 15 minutes.
    • 45' Remember you can follow Eurosport on Twitter at twitter.com/eurosport. And me, Michael Da Silva, at twitter.com/mjdasilva
    • 45' And that's half time. It's 0-0.
    • 44' Diarra (France) is booked for a foul.
    • 43' Valbuena does well to hunt down what looked like a dead loss but he kept the ball in, found Nasri with the cross, whose lovely flick finds M'Vila - who fires over.
    • 41' Benzema hits the outside of the far post with a delightful curling effort from the left side of the box. Great effort - that looked in for a second.
    • 40' Good effort on the turn by Valbuena, who came into a central position from the right wing. Keeper saved quite easily but that was a good effort by the Marseille forward.
    • 38' Malouda, whose influence has grown throughout the match, tries his luck from 25 yards out, but the ball flys over.
    • 36' Good play by Stancu who wins a throw on the right deep in French territory.
    • 35' Benzema is picked out with a wonderful long pass by M'Vila, but Benzema is unable to bring the ball under control. Great running by Benzema though, he was unlucky there.
    • 33' Good counter attack by France after some Romania possession. Valbuena finds Malouda, who finds Benzema on the edge of the box. Benzema tries a one-two with Malouda but he can't get the return ball.
    • 31' Sapunaru (Romania) sees yellow for a tug on Malouda.
    • 30' The short corner finds Nasri, whose cross is headed goalwards by Diarra but the ball goes just over. You feel a goal is coming for France...
    • 29' Réveillère's cross from the right is headed out for another France corner...
    • 28' Malouda's corner is half cleared three times by Romania but France are keeping the side in all yellow under pressure.
    • 26' Réveillère does really well to burst into the box and win a corner at the byline.
    • 24' Good skill by Valbuena on the right as he gets past a couple of Romanian challenges, but he can't find Benzema in the box with his cross.
    • 21' Nasri surprises everyone by floating it back to M'Vila on the edge of the box, but M'Vila can't keep his volley on target, like Scholes used to do from those Beckham corners for Manchester United.
    • 20' Malouda wins a free kick in a good area on the left, after he was fouled by Florescu. Nasri to take...
    • 18' Big chance for Malouda! But the Chelsea man can't keep his shot on target as he wraps his foot around the ball at the far post.
    • 17' Wasted chance for France. Valbuena picks up Benzema's pass but lacks composure as he attempts to cross but miscues.
    • 16' Rami fires a shot over the bar for France.
    • 15' Benzema plays a good through ball to Nasri, who forces a throw on the right.
    • 13' Rats whips in a free kick from the right but Lloris gathers easily. Lack of quality on the final ball by both sides so far.
    • 11' Nasri's cross from the left deflects off Chivu and goes into the arms of Pantilimon.
    • 10' Romania feeling their way into this and Rat tries his luck from distance. Defelcted. Corner.
    • 9' Sapunaru gets a cross in from the right for Romania but it is blocked and the move breaks down.
    • 7' Clichy again gets forward and sees his cross punched clear by the keeper. France doing the early pressing.
    • 5' Clichy bursts forward from left back but Benzema's ball was just too long for Clichy to get on the end of.
    • 3' A long ball by Mexes to Benzema almost catches the Romanian defence out, but Pantilimon comes out of his box to hoof clear.
    • 2' Cracking atmosphere here tonight.
    • 1' We're underway...
    • 19.55 We are 5 minutes from kick off in Paris...
    • 19.30 FRANCE: Lloris, Clichy, Reveillere, Rami, Mexes, Nasri, Malouda, M'Vila, Alou Diarra, Valbuena, Benzema. Subs: Mandanda, Sakho, Lassana Diarra, Remy, Gourcuff, Hoarau, Payet. ROMANIA: Pantilimon, Sapunaru, Rat, Tamas, Chivu, Radoi, Florescu, Cocis, Zicu, Stancu, Niculae. Subs: Lobont, Bilasco, Deac, Marica, Roman, Radu, Maftei.
    • 19.30 The teams are in...
    • 19.15 Romania have their own disappointments to recover from, notably draws with Albania and Belarus in the first two games of the qualifying campaign.
    • 19.15 New coach Laurent Blanc is demanding ''quick results to improve and develop a good atmosphere around Les Bleus", according to new skipper Florent Malouda, and the fans at the Stade de France will expect nothing less. Creativity has been brought in, in the form of Yoann Gourcuff and Samir Nasri, and the defence now placed in the capable hands of Philippe Mexes.
    • 19.15 The French return to Paris with a morale-boosting 2-0 win over Bosnia behind them, after that disastrous World Cup campaign in South Africa.
  • Summary

    • 90' That settles it. M'Vila finds Payet on the right, who does well to pull his cross back to Gourcuff, who steers his shot into the empty net.
    • 90' GOAL! Gourcuff makes it 2-0! France are home and dry.
    • 89' Great chance for Remy to score his second after a beautiful teasing cross by Malouda from the left found Remy at the far post, but he couldn't direct his header on target. Could, and maybe should, have done better.
    • 85' A long pass finds Remy striding away from Chivu, who can't catch him before he fires an unstoppable strike low to the far post. Textbook finish and a goal out of nothing.
    • 84' GOAL! Loic Remy breaks the deadlock and what a strike! 1-0 France
    • 70' Sapunaru hits the post for Romania! Great break by Romania, but Sapunaru scuffs his shot from close range after the substitute Deac pulled his cross back to him. Should have been 1-0 Romania, that.
    • 61' ANOTHER SAVE by Pantilimon! Really incredible goalkeeping by the keeper, this time from Nasri, who showed good strength to get beyond Tamas and, rather than rolling the ball across to Benzema, Nasri went for goal - but the inspired Pantilimon saved with his feet.
    • 59' Benzema and Malouda both see shots saved by the brilliant Pantilimon in the Romania goal.
    • 57' Valbuena hits the bar for France! His shot is saved briliiantly by Pantilimon and comes back off the bar.
    • 47' Romania come incredibly close at the start of the second half! Stancu's run and cross is volleyed goalwards by Florescu but saved brilliantly by Lloris. Stancu tried to get slide the ball in at the far post but couldn't connect. Great chance.
    • 45' Remember you can follow Eurosport on Twitter at twitter.com/eurosport. And me, Michael Da Silva, at twitter.com/mjdasilva
    • 41' Benzema hits the outside of the far post with a delightful curling effort from the left side of the box. Great effort - that looked in for a second.
    • 40' Good effort on the turn by Valbuena, who came into a central position from the right wing. Keeper saved quite easily but that was a good effort by the Marseille forward.
    • 18' Big chance for Malouda! But the Chelsea man can't keep his shot on target as he wraps his foot around the ball at the far post.
    • 19.30 FRANCE: Lloris, Clichy, Reveillere, Rami, Mexes, Nasri, Malouda, M'Vila, Alou Diarra, Valbuena, Benzema. Subs: Mandanda, Sakho, Lassana Diarra, Remy, Gourcuff, Hoarau, Payet. ROMANIA: Pantilimon, Sapunaru, Rat, Tamas, Chivu, Radoi, Florescu, Cocis, Zicu, Stancu, Niculae. Subs: Lobont, Bilasco, Deac, Marica, Roman, Radu, Maftei.

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