Friday June 4, 2010 Friendlies Finished Stade Michel Volnay

France 0 - 1 China PR

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  1. China stun France

    China stun France

    France's World Cup preparations took another step backwards as they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to China in Reunion. More

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    Time:90'
    • France
    • China PR
    • 90+6' CHINA SHOCK FRANCE! It's full-time in Reunion, and China's players are understandably ecstatic. It's a massive win for a country whose domestic league has been embroiled in match-fixing turmoil. As for France, it was a poor performance and the result will do no favours for Raymond Domenech, who is already highly unpopular in his home land.
    • 90+5' Last opportunity for Domenech's men with a late free-kick. Evra drifts in at the far post and lays it across goal, but Gallas can't put it away first time. He tries to prod it home with his second touch, but the defender makes a terrific last-ditch challenge and the chance is gone.
    • 90+4' China are 60 seconds away from a memorable victory here.
    • 90+3' France are still looking for an equaliser, but they're not having much luck.
    • 90+1' There will be five minutes of time added on.
    • 90' Diaby picks out Henry, but as the Frenchman tries to flick it past the keeper, Li Xuepeng gets across to block it. It looked like the defender used his hand, but the referee was unsighted.
    • 88' Gignac collects it on the far right and cuts in to shoot on his favoured right foot, but Cheng is there to parry it away.
    • 86' A sign of France's frustration as Toulalan hits a wayward effort from miles out.
    • -- Very nearly 2-0 to China. The corner is headed across to the far post and Yang gets a foot to it, but he can only help it into the arms of Lloris.
    • 85' Bit of confusion in the French defence as Reveillere concedes a needless corner.
    • 83' Gignac bursts down the left, but his cross is headed clear by Wang.
    • 82' Diaby hits a powerful effort from outside the box, and Cheng gets down well to push it round the post.
    • 81' Valbuena tries to pick out Gignac at the far post, but his cross is too high for the Toulouse forward.
    • 80' France are really stepping up the pressure, as you would expect, but China are holding firm at the back.
    • 79' Gignac tries to place it from about 25 yards, but it's very comfortable for Cheng.
    • 77' Diaby lofts it towards Henry, but the striker heads well wide.
    • 73' Gignac has a chance, but it doesn't sit for him and China manage to bundle it to safety.
    • 72' Mathieu Valbuena enters the field of play as Govou trudges off. Zhuoxing is replaced straight after giving China an unlikely lead.
    • 71' A corner to France is headed towards goal, but Cheng pushes it away.
    • 70' Couple of good chances for France to equalise as Cheng spills it, but the 'keeper blocks Henry's follow-up shot.
    • 68' GOAL CHINA! Zhuoxing drives the free-kick, and the flight completely deceives Lloris as it sails into the net. The Chinese forward was supposed to come off, but he begged the bench to let him take the shot before being substituted. They obliged and China take the lead.
    • 67' Toulalan brings down Bo and China have a free-kick.
    • 66' Gourcuff slides and catches the boot of Qiang Wang. The China captain is in a spot of bother but will carry on.
    • 64' Hao Rong heads it back to Cheng, and Govou was close to sneaking in there.
    • 62' A host of changes here. Lei comes off for China, and he is replaced by Yang He. France bring on Andre-Pierre Gignac, Abou Diaby and Thierry Henry as Ribery, Anelka and Malouda make way.
    • 60' Govou crosses from the right but it's straight into the goalkeeper's arms.
    • 56' Ribery clips the ball into the box and Gallas gets a faint touch on it as Cheng tips it onto the bar. No corner given though.
    • 55' Liu Jian leaves out a leg and catches Ribery. The referee brandishes a yellow card.
    • 54' Good piece of defending from Gallas as Zhu takes it well and looks to be in the clear, but the defender muscles him off the ball in the nick of time.
    • 53' Malouda works just enough for a shot, but he can't get much power or accuracy on it and it floats over.
    • 52' Another substitution for China as Ting Zhu comes on for Lin Gao.
    • -- China in fact made a second change over the interval as Li Xuepeng replaced Du Wei.
    • 49' A glorious opportunity for Gallas as Ribery pokes it through, but the French defender whiffs from 12 yards out.
    • -- Both countries make a change at half-time as Anthony Reveillere comes on for Sagna, and Hai Yu replaces Qu Bo.
    • 46' The players are back out as the second half begins.
    • 18:02 France will play Mexico, Uruguay and hosts South Africa in the World Cup this summer. For the latest Group A news click here.
    • 45+2' The whistle goes for the end of the first 45 minutes. Pretty uninspiring stuff so far.
    • 45+1' Good skill from Malouda as he lifts a ball towards the six-yard box, but the 'keeper comes out to claim ahead of Anelka.
    • 45' Anelka chips in a cross, but China head it away.
    • 43' Florent Malouda overlaps Ribery, but the Chelsea winger's cross is badly over-hit.
    • 42' Half-time is approaching here in Reunion.
    • 40' Anelka gives the ball as France pour forward and Jeremy Toulalan commits a cynical foul as China go on the counter-attack. That's the match's first yellow card.
    • 37' Govou breaks down the right and feeds it Ribery, but Bai Lei fends off the French winger and the referee blows for a foul to China.
    • 35' Gallas rises to meet Gourcuff's corner, but the Arsenal man heads wide.
    • 33' Of course the upcoming World Cup will be the last hoorah for France's manager. Domenech is set to be replaced by former Bordeaux boss Laurent Blanc after the finals.
    • 32' Gourcuff hits another shot from the edge of the box, but Cheng dives across to his left and holds with ease.
    • 31' Sagna out jumps the Chinese player on the right and nods it ahead to Sidney Govou, but there is no one in the box to get on the end of his cross.
    • 28' Hugo Lloris rushes out to clear with Deng Zhuoxing chasing him down.
    • 27' A chance for Nicolas Anelka as he chests the ball in the box, but it won't come down quickly enough and he scoops an effort well over the bar.
    • 26' Patrice Evra gets down the left and hits a low cross, but the Chinese defence clears.
    • 24' Bo controls it well, but his cross from the right is wayward, and it is a goal kick.
    • 22' A fifth man joins at the last minute, but Ribery's effort is tame and straight at Cheng in the China goal.
    • 21' Dangerous free-kick for France and there are just four in the Chinese wall.
    • 20' Another example of the lightweight nature of the Jo'bulani ball. Ribery expects to chest it down on the sideline, but it sails over his head.
    • 16' France's form has been patchy at best lately. Raymond Domenech's side have won just two of their previous five matches, which includes a fortunate 2-1 win over Costa Rica.
    • 14' France have the ball in the net thanks to William Gallas, but he was rightly flagged for being offside.
    • 13' Ribery cuts it back from the left and it rolls out to Yoann Gourcuff. His shot is deflected though and it goes behind for a corner.
    • 12' Ribery tries to turn a couple of defenders, but the winger can't stay on his feet and a foul is given.
    • 10' One man with unhappy memories of that match is Djibril Cisse. The forward suffered a broken tibia and fibula, which ruled him out of the 2006 World Cup.
    • 8' This is only the second times these nations have met. The only other time was in 2006 as France recorded a 3-1 victory.
    • -- France: Lloris; Abidal, Gallas, Evra, Sagna; Toulalan, Malouda, Gourcuff, Ribery; Anelka, Govou. /// China: Cheng; Wang, Wei, Rong, Lei; Jian, Peng, Yu, Bo; Gao, Zhuoxing.
    • 5' Franck Ribery fires a shot from about 25 yards and the 'keeper spills, but there is no one there to punish the mistake.
    • 17:00 The match is underway.
    • 16:55 The players are out on the pitch at the Stade Michel Volnay.
    • 16:45 Welcome to this afternoon's friendly match between France and China.
  • Summary

    • 90+6' CHINA SHOCK FRANCE! It's full-time in Reunion, and China's players are understandably ecstatic. It's a massive win for a country whose domestic league has been embroiled in match-fixing turmoil. As for France, it was a poor performance and the result will do no favours for Raymond Domenech, who is already highly unpopular in his home land.
    • 90+5' Last opportunity for Domenech's men with a late free-kick. Evra drifts in at the far post and lays it across goal, but Gallas can't put it away first time. He tries to prod it home with his second touch, but the defender makes a terrific last-ditch challenge and the chance is gone.
    • 90' Diaby picks out Henry, but as the Frenchman tries to flick it past the keeper, Li Xuepeng gets across to block it. It looked like the defender used his hand, but the referee was unsighted.
    • 88' Gignac collects it on the far right and cuts in to shoot on his favoured right foot, but Cheng is there to parry it away.
    • -- Very nearly 2-0 to China. The corner is headed across to the far post and Yang gets a foot to it, but he can only help it into the arms of Lloris.
    • 82' Diaby hits a powerful effort from outside the box, and Cheng gets down well to push it round the post.
    • 79' Gignac tries to place it from about 25 yards, but it's very comfortable for Cheng.
    • 73' Gignac has a chance, but it doesn't sit for him and China manage to bundle it to safety.
    • 71' A corner to France is headed towards goal, but Cheng pushes it away.
    • 70' Couple of good chances for France to equalise as Cheng spills it, but the 'keeper blocks Henry's follow-up shot.
    • 68' GOAL CHINA! Zhuoxing drives the free-kick, and the flight completely deceives Lloris as it sails into the net. The Chinese forward was supposed to come off, but he begged the bench to let him take the shot before being substituted. They obliged and China take the lead.
    • 56' Ribery clips the ball into the box and Gallas gets a faint touch on it as Cheng tips it onto the bar. No corner given though.
    • 49' A glorious opportunity for Gallas as Ribery pokes it through, but the French defender whiffs from 12 yards out.
    • 35' Gallas rises to meet Gourcuff's corner, but the Arsenal man heads wide.
    • 32' Gourcuff hits another shot from the edge of the box, but Cheng dives across to his left and holds with ease.
    • 14' France have the ball in the net thanks to William Gallas, but he was rightly flagged for being offside.
    • -- France: Lloris; Abidal, Gallas, Evra, Sagna; Toulalan, Malouda, Gourcuff, Ribery; Anelka, Govou. /// China: Cheng; Wang, Wei, Rong, Lei; Jian, Peng, Yu, Bo; Gao, Zhuoxing.
    • 5' Franck Ribery fires a shot from about 25 yards and the 'keeper spills, but there is no one there to punish the mistake.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • France

    Manager: Raymond Domenech

  • China PR

    Manager: Hongbo Gao

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • H. Lloris
      • B. Sagna Substitution Out (45′)
      • W. Gallas
      • E. Abidal
      • P. Evra
      • J. Toulalan Yellow Card
      • Y. Gourcuff
      • F. Malouda Substitution Out (63′)
      • S. Govou Substitution Out (71′)
      • F. Ribéry Substitution Out (62′)
      • N. Anelka Substitution Out (63′)

      Subs

      • T. Henry Substitution In63′
      • A. Réveillère Substitution In45′
      • D. Cissé
      • S. Squillaci
      • M. Planus
      • A. Diarra
      • G. Clichy
      • S. Mandanda
      • M. Valbuena Substitution In71′
      • C. Carrasso
      • A. Diaby Substitution In63′
      • A. Gignac Substitution In62′
    • Starting line-up

      • C. Zeng
      • H. Rong
      • W. Du Substitution Out (45′)
      • Q. Wang
      • L. Bai Substitution Out (61′)
      • J. Liu Yellow Card
      • Z. Deng Goal Substitution Out (69′)
      • P. Cui Substitution Out (80′)
      • H. Yu
      • B. Qu Substitution Out (45′)
      • L. Gao Substitution Out (51′)

      Subs

      • Y. He Substitution In61′
      • T. Zhu Substitution In51′
      • H. Yu Substitution In45′
      • L. Chen
      • T. Chen
      • F. Yan
      • X. Yang Substitution In80′
      • Z. Guan
      • X. Li Substitution In45′
      • J. Liu Substitution In69′
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