Wednesday August 11, 2010 Friendlies Finished Ullevaal Stadion

Norway 2 - 1 France

  • Huseklepp 51’, 71’
  • Ben Arfa 48’

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    New-look France lose

    Laurent Blanc got a taste of the agonies of international management as his new-look France side slumped to a 2-1 defeat against Norway. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Norway
    • France
    • 90+3 The match is over, Norway have won 2-1, and Huseklepp takes the congratulations of his team-mates. France face a big rebuilding job. I wonder how many of the disgraced squad will be back for the qualifiers
    • 90+2 The Norway bench is looking very happy - but there are glum faces among their French counterparts
    • 90' There will be a minimum of three added minutes
    • 88' Norway are doing everything to run down the clock to secure what would be a morale-boosting victory ahead of the qualifiers for Euro 2012
    • 84' A fine run from France sub Menez finishes with him testing Knudsen, but the keeper is equal to his shot
    • 82' France have played well at times in this match - but it shows no one can hope to replace 23 players without a seriously detrimental effect
    • 80' France sub, Briand for Nasri
    • 76' Ruffier partially redeems himself for his error for the first goal, making two superb saves from Jon Arne Riise in swift succession
    • 75' Sub for France, Matuidi for M'Vila
    • 71' Disaster for France, they concede possession in the centre circle, Norway break quickly and it is Huseklepp once again, who rounds the keeper to score
    • 70' Yellow card for Solli, for foul on Menez
    • 65' Nasri gets away from his marker and sets up Fanni on the right, but his cross finds no-one
    • 62' sub for Norway, Solli on for Grindheim
    • 61' sub for France, Benzema on for Hoarau
    • 60' Norway's Jon Arne Riise smacks a 25-yarder just wide, it took a slight deflection but the corner is cleared
    • 57' Great effort from France sub Jeremy Menez, which goes just over the bar
    • 55' The pace has been relentless since half-time, and Norway have been given new life by that equaliser
    • 46' Ben Arfa came on for N'Zogbia, with Menex on for Remy, and Diarra on for Cissokho in three French changes at half-time
    • 51' The Blanc era looked to be up and running - but Norway are level within three minutes. Huseklepp controls the ball on the right of the area before firing past Ruffier. The debutant keeper is badly at fault for that one at his near post
    • 48' He has been on about three minutes - and Ben Arfa has his second goal for France, a wonder-strike from 25 yards that rockets past Knudsen.
    • 46' France have also brought on a sub, Hatem Ben Arfa
    • 46' It looks like two subs for Norway, Ruud is on for Abdellaoue, and Waehler has also gone off
    • 46' Off we go for the second half
    • 45+1' It's half-time in Oslo, with an all-new team France will be happy enough with the first 45 minutes under Blanc, but Norway have given them nothing
    • 43' Abdellaoue is almost in for Norway, getting ahead of Mexes in the area but - back to goal - backheeling his shot against Ruffier
    • 41' Another great cross from the marauding left-back Cissokho for France deflected out of danger, he is making an impressive start to his international career
    • 40' Nasri is again the man coming close to scoring, getting away a left-foot shot in the area which is well saved by Knudsen after taking a slight deflection
    • 38' A quiet spell in the first half. The French are technically superior, but the Norwegians are typically well organised and tough to break down
    • 36' I wonder if Nicolas Anelka is watching this match somewhere...he might have had one or two goals already, but will he ever play for France again?
    • 34' Bjorn Helge Riise's corner is easily punched away by debutant Ruffier, but Norway then almost take the lead as Rami is very fortunate not to score an own goal, his attempted clearance sliced just wide and also taking the ball away from Abdellaoue
    • 33' Norway force a corner on the left, from Jon Arne Riise's long throw
    • 30' Best moment of the match so far. Cissokho's long throw is flicked on, and Sissoko's magnificent volley, heading for the top corner, is tipped over by Knudsen
    • 28' Norway's lone striker Abdellaoue has picked up a knock, but is limping on after treatment hoping to shake it off
    • 25' Nasri tries his luck from 25 yards out, but his ambitious shot is well wide
    • 23' Norway's Huseklepp is muscled out of it by Mexes in the area, but no penalty
    • 21' Nasri breaks well down the right for France, and picks out Sissoko in the area, but the midfielder slices his effort horribly high and wide. Good chance wasted for the French
    • 20' France are enjoying the lion's share of possession at the moment - and look like the home team
    • 19' N'Zogbia's strong run finishes with him putting in a wonderful delivery from the left - Remy gets on the end of it, but his header, once again, is straight at Knudsen
    • 14' Norway on the attack, but Abdellaoue heads horribly wide from a fine Pedersen cross
    • 10' Hoarau goes close with a header - but it is well within reach for Knudsen
    • 8' France are playing two up front, Remy and Horau, with Nasri just behind them
    • 5' Scrappy opening, with neither side settling down
    • 3' Plenty of empty seats at the Ullevaal tonight, as Norway struggle to get the ball. Clearly France are not the draw they once were..
    • 1' And they are under way in Oslo
    • 20:10 A great chance for Arsenal's Samir Nasri to impress a new France coach tonight, back in the line-up having been controversially snubbed by Domenech for the World Cup
    • 20:05 Blanc, the former Bordeaux coach, insisted in the build-up to his first match in charge of 'Les Bleus' that he will be laying down a few ground rules to his new charges, to prevent any repeat of the mutiny seen in South Africa
    • 19:55 Olsen steered Norway to the most glorious period in their history in the 1990s, when they qualified for back-to-back World Cups - but things have been bleaker than a Norwegian winter since
    • 19:50 Norway boast a far more experienced line-up, with Brede Hangeland at the centre of the defence, and John Arne Riise and Morten Gamst Pedersen also in the side
    • 19:45 The new boys for France are goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier, defenders Aly Cissokho and Adil Rami, midfielders Yann M'Vila and Charles N'Zogbia, and striker Guillaume Hoarau
    • 19:40 The referee for tonight's match is from Spain, Carlos Velasco Carballo from Madrid
    • 19:35 A lot of unfamiliar faces for the French - Blanc has given no fewer than SIX players a first cap tonight
    • 19:30 Norway: Knudsen, Hogli, Waehler, Hangeland, J, Riise, B, Riise, Hauger, Abdellaoui, Pedersen, Grindheim, Huseklepp. Subs: Jarstein, Demidov, Ruud, Jenssen, Skjelbred, Solli./// France: Ruffier, Fanni, Rami, Mexes, Cissokho, Sissoko, M'Vila, N'Zogbia, Nasri, Remy, Hoarau. Subs: Douchez, Debuchy, Sakho, Tremoulinas, Cabaye, Diarra, Matuidi, Ben Arfa, Benzema, Briand, Menez.
    • 19:25 Following the decision to send Nicolas Anelka home from the World Cup for a bust-up with former coach Raymond Domenech, and the subsequent French player boycott of training, Blanc has opted to drop every member of the disgraced squad for this friendly
    • 19:20 Norway have their own point to prove under head coach Egil Olsen, having failed to make it to South Africa - just missing out on a European play-off spot
    • 19:15 France will look to start putting a dismal World Cup behind them as they begin a new era under head coach Laurent Blanc against Norway in the Ullevaal Stadium, Oslo
  • Summary

    • 76' Ruffier partially redeems himself for his error for the first goal, making two superb saves from Jon Arne Riise in swift succession
    • 71' Disaster for France, they concede possession in the centre circle, Norway break quickly and it is Huseklepp once again, who rounds the keeper to score
    • 51' The Blanc era looked to be up and running - but Norway are level within three minutes. Huseklepp controls the ball on the right of the area before firing past Ruffier. The debutant keeper is badly at fault for that one at his near post
    • 48' He has been on about three minutes - and Ben Arfa has his second goal for France, a wonder-strike from 25 yards that rockets past Knudsen.
    • 43' Abdellaoue is almost in for Norway, getting ahead of Mexes in the area but - back to goal - backheeling his shot against Ruffier
    • 34' Bjorn Helge Riise's corner is easily punched away by debutant Ruffier, but Norway then almost take the lead as Rami is very fortunate not to score an own goal, his attempted clearance sliced just wide and also taking the ball away from Abdellaoue
    • 30' Best moment of the match so far. Cissokho's long throw is flicked on, and Sissoko's magnificent volley, heading for the top corner, is tipped over by Knudsen
    • 21' Nasri breaks well down the right for France, and picks out Sissoko in the area, but the midfielder slices his effort horribly high and wide. Good chance wasted for the French
    • 19' N'Zogbia's strong run finishes with him putting in a wonderful delivery from the left - Remy gets on the end of it, but his header, once again, is straight at Knudsen
    • 19:30 Norway: Knudsen, Hogli, Waehler, Hangeland, J, Riise, B, Riise, Hauger, Abdellaoui, Pedersen, Grindheim, Huseklepp. Subs: Jarstein, Demidov, Ruud, Jenssen, Skjelbred, Solli./// France: Ruffier, Fanni, Rami, Mexes, Cissokho, Sissoko, M'Vila, N'Zogbia, Nasri, Remy, Hoarau. Subs: Douchez, Debuchy, Sakho, Tremoulinas, Cabaye, Diarra, Matuidi, Ben Arfa, Benzema, Briand, Menez.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Norway

    Manager: Egil Olsen

  • France

    Manager: Laurent Blanc

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • J. Knudsen
      • T. Høgli
      • K. Wæhler Substitution Out (45′)
      • B. Hangeland
      • J. Riise
      • B. Riise Substitution Out (87′)
      • C. Grindheim Substitution Out (62′)
      • E. Huseklepp Goals×2
      • H. Hauger Substitution Out (90′)
      • M. Gamst Pedersen
      • M. Abdellaoue Substitution Out (45′)

      Subs

      • J. Solli Substitution In62′ Yellow Card
      • R. Jarstein
      • E. Ruud Substitution In45′
      • P. Skjelbred Substitution In87′
      • V. Demidov Substitution In45′
      • R. Yttergård Jenssen Substitution In90′
    • Starting line-up

      • S. Ruffier
      • R. Fanni Yellow Card
      • A. Rami
      • P. Mexès
      • A. Cissokho Substitution Out (45′)
      • Y. M'Vila Substitution Out (74′)
      • M. Sissoko
      • C. N'Zogbia Substitution Out (45′)
      • S. Nasri Substitution Out (79′)
      • L. Rémy Substitution Out (45′)
      • G. Hoarau Substitution Out (61′)

      Subs

      • N. Douchez
      • J. Briand Substitution In79′
      • M. Debuchy
      • J. Menez Substitution In45′
      • L. Diarra Substitution In45′
      • K. Benzema Substitution In61′
      • B. Matuidi
      • B. Trémoulinas
      • M. Sakho
      • H. Ben Arfa Substitution In45′ Goal
      • Y. Cabaye Substitution In74′
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