Tuesday June 5, 2012 Friendlies Finished Stade MMArena

France 4 - 0 Estonia

  • Ribéry 24’
  • Benzema 37’, 47’
  • Menez 90’

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    • France
    • Estonia
    • 90+3 That's the final whistle and France have won 4-0. As if to show this is a different squad from that which embarassed themselves at the World Cup, the team raises a banner thanking the fans for their support.
    • 90+2 Lovely skill by Ben Arfa on the left but he runs out of space and Estonia have it back. The subs have been very impressive. Yikes.
    • 90+1 Three minutes added time and France add a fourth as Menez strikes the ball home after Giroud backheels Evra's low cross into his path.
    • 90' Evra and Valbuena combine centre-left but Estonia scramble it clear. France sometimes overplay it but it's fun to watch.
    • 89' Great skill by Valbuena to beat two men and fire in the shot, the keeper spills it and Giroud must score but he slips while flying in and the ball spins clear!!
    • 88' Menez almost gets in through the left but he fails to get the shot away.
    • 87' Vassiljev with a superb pass and a step-over from Puri feeds Voskoboinikov and I think that hit the post! Either kept out by Lloris or off fthe woodwork!
    • 85' Curling effort from Martin but it misses the angle of post and bar.
    • 84' Almost a wonder goal for Menez as he takes a long ball on his chest wide left, cutting inside and leaving two defenders for dead before blasting his finish over the bar.
    • 82' A diagonal ball sees Giroud shrug off Rahn before controlling beautifully, but his attempted snap-shot from an angle is poor and well wide.
    • 81' Almost a smart ball from Puti but Mexes reads it and brings it clear via Rami.
    • 80' Giroud is just offside as he latches on to a long ball. Half a yard in it.
    • 78' And now Lloris is forced into an admittedly comfortable save as some decent Estonia passing almost cuts France through.
    • 77' Estonia with a rare spell on the ball which almost sees Vassiljev slip Oper through but Rami intercepts.
    • 75' France are happy to play keep-ball now.
    • 74' Pareiko time-wasting? He realises they are 3-0 down no?
    • 73' FRANCE TRIPLE SUB: Nasri and Malouda come off for Menez and Ben Arfa. Giroud, meanwhile, replaces Benzema, who gets a huge roar.
    • 72' Estonia with a rare spell on the ball and a dodgy backpass could well play Pareiko into trouble but Benzema doesn't bother chasing it down so the keeper has time to control and clear.
    • 71' Nasri releases Benzema, who could be in here but his turn sees the ball bounce off a defender than back on to him, slipping wide for a goal kick.
    • 69' Valbuena with a mazy run after controlling on the left but he fouls Jaager, who did well to get goal-side of him.
    • 67' ESTONIA SUB: Kink is replaced by Purje, who fired Estonia to victory in their Baltic Cup third-place play-off win over Lithuania at the weekend.
    • 65' FRANCE SUB: A second France change in quick succession as Ribery strolls off to an ovation, Marvin Martin replacing him.
    • 64' FRANCE SUB: Koscielny on for Diarra.
    • 63' Benzema again on the move and he drills in a low shot that Pareiko initially fumbles, but it stays away from goal and he dives on to the loose ball!
    • 62' Malouda releases Ribery, who shows great pace but is outmuscled by Jaager and the ball runs behind for a goal kick.
    • 61' Vassiljev swings over the corner but it goes out of play en route to the six-yard box.
    • 60' ESTONIA SUB: Ojaama off for Saag.
    • 59' Estonia break and Puri is released down the right, drilling a low shot to the bottom right that Lloris tips wide!
    • 58' Nasri to Benzema, he is in space just inside the box but instead of shooting for a hat-trick he slips it back wide to the overlapping Nasri, whose low cross is claimed by Pareiko.
    • 57' France swarm forward again, now Valbuena finds Debuchy and they try a give and go but it doens't come off.
    • 56' Great skill from Nasri, now Ribery on it and Malouda crosses but too close to Pareiko.
    • 54' Valbuena with an early touch but his shot is blocked.
    • 53' Valbuena gets a mixed reception from the France fans. Probably because he plays for Marseille.
    • 52' FRANCE SUB: Valbuena on for Cabaye in midfield.
    • 50' Almost a fourth as Nasri and Benzema combine but Klavan slides across to nick the ball behind for a corner just as Nasri was to finish.
    • 49' Vassiljev with another decent touch but his team-mates aren't on the same wavelength and France clear.
    • 48' Vassiljev on the run now, fine skill from him but he can't get the shot away. The danger man going forward for Estonia.
    • 47' GOAL FRANCE! Benzema with his second, a simpler finish than before but a lovely cross from Ribery on the right wing. He latched on to Debuchy's pass and fizzed over a low curling cross that the Madrid man taps in.
    • 46' The second half is underway in Le Mans.
    • 45' Vassiljev swings the free-kick in but Lloris claims easily and that is half-time - France lead 2-0.
    • 44' Free-kick to Estonia on the left, which gives them a chance at testing Lloris. They send the defenders up for the high ball...
    • 43' Slick passing from the French as they come forward, Evra leading the charge from the left.
    • 42' Mexes plays it out from the back, with Nasri sitting a bit deeper than he's used to.
    • 41' France are looking like a force with the ball, although Estonia are struggling to get it high enough up the pitch to test their flaky centre-back pairing.
    • 40' Nasri goes down like a sack of spuds after wriggling into the box. Klavan didn't touch him. Come on soft lad, save it for the finals.
    • 38' GOAL FRANCE! And another stunner, this time from Benzema. The corner wasn't cleared or converted, so the loose ball dropped to him on the left wing. He took one touch before firing a wonderful drive off the far post and in. Cracking goal.
    • 37' Mexes with a long-range shot from the corner but it's deflected wide for another.
    • 36' JUST WIDE BY BENZEMA! Well, it was his cross-shot but the final touch came off Rahn, inches wide of the far post with players from both sides sliding in.
    • 35' Debuchy does however find himself free on the right again, and now Cabaye has another shot from the edge of the box but it flies well over.
    • 34' That extended spell of possession ends when Debuchy, popping up on the right wing, miscontrols.
    • 33' After a shaky start France are dominating possession now as they use the width of the pitch to full effect, everyone getting a touch bar the centre-halves.
    • 31' Cabaye has another shot from the edge of the box after good hold-up play by Malouda, but this one is low and easier for Pareiko.
    • 30' Debuchy likes a shot from range too but he gets this one wrong, well wide.
    • 29' Evra hits the deck quite hard and Blanc rises from his bench - he's okay though.
    • 28' Ribery with another turn of pace and shot which fizzes across the face of goal, beating Pareiko but also missing the target.
    • 27' JUST WIDE FROM CABAYE! A trademark long-range effort from the Toon midfielder, a lovely outswinger that just shaved the post.
    • 25' You can hurt them at the back but France have some serious ability going forward - they're my dark horses for the title, provided Mexes sorts his life out.
    • 24' GOAL FRANCE! Ribery with a superb strike, controlling Benzema's beautiful flick on the run with one touch, and drilling home a low finish to the bottom right with his second. Ribery started that move with a chested ball to Benzema, spinning sharply on to his header. Lovely goal.
    • 22' Taken short and the playmaker from Amkar Perm gets it back for a cross but France deal with that.
    • 21' A good spell for Estonia again as they win a corner on the left, Vassiljev to take...
    • 20' Vassiljev - who as you can guess from his name is an ethnic Russian - has an audacious effort from range that fizzes just wide!
    • 19' France counter and Benzema tries to release an onrushing Debuchy but he plays it to a defender.
    • 18' Estonia have a free-kick on the right but an attempted short routine fails to come off.
    • 17' Jaager is lucky to get away with that, falling over as he dithered under pressure from Malouda, the keeper giving a free-kick.
    • 16' France come forward again as Benzema exchanges passes with Nasri, now Ribery on the left, superb run to the byline and a wicked cross but it scuffs off a flying Benzema's head and goes away from goal!!
    • 14' Evra picks it up off Malouda, he feeds Benzema but the Real Madrid striker runs it out for a goal kick.
    • 13' France keeping the ball in their own half, Mexes almsot makes a mess of a backpass but Lloris stays cool to clear via Debuchy.
    • 11' Estonia now counter but this time Mexes stays upright as he clears from Oper.
    • 10' Benzema on the ball, he finds Cabaye who drills a low shot on goal that is deflected into Pareiko's arms.
    • 9' Nasri tries to flick it through to Benzema but Estonia survive.
    • 8' Well Mexes has had a poor season since joining Milan and many will think Koscielny should start - the problem is, the long-haired defender has built up a partnership with Adil Rami.
    • 7' Terrible error from Mexes, who falls on his backside while trying a simple clearance, and Ojamaa latches on to it, firing a low drive across goal and millimetres wide of the far post!
    • 5' Florent Malouda almost breaks through the defence but the referee blows up for a push on one of the Estonians. Hard to see what the foul was there.
    • 4' France regain the ball and attack again, Ribery looking for a gap up the left. Estonia have barely touched the ball.
    • 3' Nasri makes a nice run up the right for France but is tackled as he cuts in. Tight Estonian defence there.
    • 2' Early drama as Alou Diarra catches his foot while playing a routine pass - it looks very painful and he may come off, but will play through it for now.
    • 1' The match kicks off!
    • 19:57 Referee: Liran Liany (Israel)
    • 19:55 Estonia make wholesale changes from the team that came third in the Baltic Cup last weekend - that side was basically a second-string outfit, so keeper Sergei Pareiko, defender Ragnar Klavan, midfielder Konstantin Vasilyev and forward Andres Oper all return to the starting XI.
    • 19:55 In their final warm-up match France are going full-gun with their starting XI, although Yann M'Vila picked up an injury in the win over Serbia and is working to get fit for the tournament - Diarra replaces him. Looks like in-form Newcastle midfielder Cabaye will start the tournament, although team-mate Ben Arfa is on the bench.
    • 19:50 TEAMS - France: Lloris, Debuchy, Evra, Rami, Mexes, Cabaye, Nasri, Malouda, Diarra, Ribery, Benzema; Subs: Carrasso, Giroud, Reveillere, Menez, Martin, Ben Arfa, Koscielny, Clichy // Estonia: Pareiko, Jaager, Rahn, Klavan, Teniste, Puri, Vassiljev, Dmitrijev, Kink, Ojamaa, Oper; Subs: Kotenko, Morozov, Sisov, Kruglov, Purje, Vunk, Voskoboinikov, Barengrub, Saag
    • 19:45 MATCH ODDS: France 1/7, Estonia 18/1, Draw 13/2 (William Hill)
    • 19:40 Tarmo Ruutli: "All of the players managed very well in the Baltic Cup (which Estonia came third in on Sunday). We have plenty of consistent players. This is good to know with the World Cup qualifiers set to start in the autumn."
    • 19:35 Laurent Blanc: "(Yann) Mvila is getting better, much better. There could be a nice surprise. The match should help us improve our fitness in order to be ready for June 11th. 4-3-3 is the formation which we are the most comfortable with, where we've played our best games. "
    • 19:30 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of France'a final Euro 2012 warm-up match at home to Estonia in Le Mans, kicking off at 8pm UK time.
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    Manager: Laurent Blanc

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    Manager: Tarmo Rüütli

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