Sunday May 27, 2012 Friendlies Finished Stade du Hainaut

France 3 - 2 Iceland

  • Debuchy 52’
  • Ribéry 85’
  • Rami 87’
  • Bjarnason 28’
  • Sigthórsson 34’

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  1. France hit back to sink Iceland

    France hit back to sink Iceland

    France came from behind to complete a 3-2 win over Iceland after a lively friendly encounter in Valenciennes. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • France
    • Iceland
    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle! A 3-2 win for France. Not the greatest performance, but they will take the win on the night.
    • 90+2' Gudmundsson drags an affort well wide from distance. Poor attempt really with five of his team-mates in the French box.
    • 89' We are now into three minutes of time added on.
    • 88' France have certainly looked a lot more sprightly since Giroud and Ribery were introduced into the action.
    • 87' France have come from two goals behind to lead 3-2. The subsitutions have altered the face of this game.
    • 85' GOAL! Rami smashes the ball into the net from Giroud's header down. Superb control and finish. The Valencia man with an excellent finish. A 3-2 lead for France.
    • 84' Ribery has cut an impressive figure for the French, it must be said. Highly impressive from the Bayern Munich man.
    • 82' GOAL! Ribery equalises for France. Fine finish from Giroud's pass. Lovely one-two and the finish over Halldórsson was excellent. France back to 2-2.
    • 81' Evra decides to fire a shot over from distance. Pretty woeful effort. Has not been his greatest night in a French shirt.
    • 79' Giroud feeds Ribery, but he can't get the ball under control in the box. Another chance goes astray for the home side.
    • 77' France with only four men who started the match. French crowd seeking an equaliser.
    • 75' Real chance for substitute Gudmundsson - who has replaced Gislason - but he fires the shot straight into the arms of Mandanda.
    • 74' Malouda sees a shot come back off a white shirt as Iceland look to break.
    • 73' The rash of substitutions has disrupted the flow of the game as Valbuena's cross is cleared by Iceland.
    • 72' Off goes Menez with Valbuena throw on. France keeping possession as you would expect, but not really going anywhere with it.
    • 71' Ribery has been brought on for Gourcuff to a huge cheer from the French fans.
    • 70' Another change for the visitors with Valgardsson making way for Skulason.
    • 69' Change for Iceland as Jonsson departs to be replaced by Danielsson.
    • 67' Benzema on the bench now with his ankle iced up. Just a precautionary measure one assumes.
    • 65' Malouda with a superb cross looking for Giroud before Menez fails to connect at the back post.
    • 64' Gislason can't keep the ball in play as it goes out for a goalkick to the French.
    • 63' Halldórsson has been booked for a spot of time-wasting.
    • 62' Some really sloppy play in defence this evening involving Rami and Mexes. Not really good enough.
    • 61' Change for Iceland as Sigthorsson departs to be replaced by Hedinson.
    • 60' Gourcuff swings a free-kick high into the Iceland box. Halldórsson does really well to collect that ball under pressure. That was a dangerous delivery.
    • 59' Glorious chance for Bjarnason as he raced in on goal, but a fine stop by Mandanda. Almost a 3-1 lead for Iceland.
    • 58' Benzema is off with Martin on. Ben Arfa is also off to be replaced by Giroud.
    • 57' A whole raft of changes coming here. Malouda and Diarra are on. Cabaye and Nasri are off.
    • 56' Changes coming here for the French. Not wholly unexpected given the nature of the occasion.
    • 55' Benzema and Ben Arfa try to combine. Iceland snuff out that latest attack. France trying to find the quality that will open up Iceland for a second time.
    • 54' French crowd seem happier with their lot after the boos of the first period. Work to be done, but at least they are on the board.
    • 53' Valgardsson booked for a late sliding tackle on Menez.
    • 52' Blanc looking a bit more animated on the side of the pitch after that goal.
    • 51' GOAL! Debuchy finishes for France after Benzema's shot was blocked. Fell kindly for Debuchy and he wasn't for missing. Game on again. Iceland lead 2-1.
    • 50' Menze with another cross, but this wall of white shirts hold firm to clear the danger.
    • 49' Benzerma's shot takes a huge deflection. France forcing the issue. Gourcuff almost in on the rebound. Iceland somehow survive.
    • 48' Menez doing wonderfully well out wide. Great delivery, but Gunnarson wallops the danger clear.
    • 47' Lovely touch by Benzema to touch the ball into Ben Arfa's path, but he drags the shot wide of goal. Almost a goal for France minutes into this second half.
    • 46' France get the second half off and running.
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle for the break. A 2-0 lead for Iceland. Nobody would have expected that outcome after the first period. French booed off the park.
    • 44' We are into a minute of time added on to this first half.
    • 43' Ben Arfa sees a shot blocked after a fine run by Nasri. Menez then sends a shot spinning wide of the target.
    • 42' Benzema drives the ball at goal. Halldórsson stands up well to make the block. Much, much better from France.
    • 41' Benzema drills shot wide of the goal. Inches away after a series of short passes. Appeals for a late challenge on Benzema, but nothing much in that.
    • 40' Ben Arfa almost picks out Mexes in the box, but not quite. Halldórsson takes the ball and another French move comes up short.
    • 39' Benzema cutting a frustrated figure as he is deemed offside when he wasn't. An unfortunate decision by the linesman.
    • 38' Ben Arfa dinks the cross into the middle of the box, but easy take for Halldórsson.
    • 37' Debuchy picks out Benzema with a fine run and cross. The Real Madrid forward lifts the volley over the bar from 12 yards. Better from France.
    • 36' A booking for Sigurdsson for a late challenge on Gourcuff. Sliding tackle.
    • 35' Shocking stuff really from seasoned professionals like Evra and Mexes. Not really good enough. Blanc looking far from impressed.
    • 34' Ben Arfa sees a shot deflect wide of goal before Iceland survive Nasri's corner.
    • 33' The French crowd are far from happy with this. Call this a friendly. They are not happy.
    • 32' GOAL! Iceland move 2-0 clear. Sigthorsson finishes off the cross from Gislason. Brilliant move and finish.
    • 31' Bjarnason goes down holding his face. He is still celebrating his first international goal for Iceland.
    • 30' Rami decides to try a speculative attempt from 30 yards out. Bit of a daisy cutter as Halldorsson dives to collect with ease.
    • 29' Arnason seemed to handle the ball from Gourcuff's shot inside the box, but the referee says no. French crowd unhappy with that call.
    • 28' Nasri scampers up the park before thumping a deflected shot wide of goal.
    • 27' Real mess between Evra and Mexes at the back at that shock opener.
    • 26' GOAL! Iceland grab the lead. Bjarnason thumps a volley into the net from Sigthorsson's header on. Fine finish and Iceland lead 1-0.
    • 25' Halldorsson hammers the ball long down the pitch before Benzema is caught offside seconds later. Wasn't offside on that occasion.
    • 24' Germany lost 5-3 to the Swiss and Holland 2-1 to Bulgaria. The French would like to get a win on the board.
    • 23' Mexes has been booked for a late challenge on Sigthorsson. Can't complain about that call. No need to make the tackle there.
    • 22' Sigurdsson with another corner, but this time Mandanda comes off his line to collect.
    • 21' Marking in the French defence none too impressive as Arnason just fails to connect with Sigurdsson's corner.
    • 20' Mexes forced to make a sliding tackle on Arnason. Had to time that tackle to perfection.
    • 19' France have matches against Serbia and Estonia before they face England on June 11 in Donetsk.
    • 18' Debuchy and Ben Arfa really working well together when France spring forward. Really working the right flank well.
    • 17' Debuchy picks out Benzema in the box, but his shot comes back off a white shirt. Story of the night so far.
    • 16' Late tackle by Gourcuff on Bjarnason. Plenty of decent tackles flying in during these opening 20 minutes.
    • 15' Debuchy certainly looking composed alongside Mexes and Rami in that French defence this evening.
    • 13' 13 goals in 42 appearances for France, whose fans are not happy with that decision. Was a fine finish.
    • 12' GOAL! Benzema scores for France from the edge of the box, but has been ruled offside. Correct call.
    • 11' Menez taken out of the game late by Gislason. France trying to get on the ball with some intensity.
    • 10' Iceland not sitting in here. Mexes winning his 24th cap tonight. Former Sweden boss Lagerbeck watching on with some intensity.
    • 9' Sigthorsson wallops a shot at goal, but Mexes comes across to make a superb block.
    • 8' Mandanda just claws a cross away before Menez is taken out of the game late by Arnason. Nasri's free-kick comes to nothing.
    • 7' Evra wins the ball ahead of Sigthorsson. Not the best of clearances by the Manchester United defender.
    • 6' Laurent Blanc looks on with his arms folded as Iceland try to get up the park. Gylfi Sigurdsson guilty of giving the ball away.
    • 5' All hands to the pump for Iceland as Rami tries his luck, but Iceland have nine men behind the ball. All a bit frantic.
    • 4' Menez takes a swing at a volley, but misses the ball completely. Cabaye then sees an effort crack off a white shirt. Arnason doing well to make the block.
    • 3' Lovely night for football at the Stade du Hainaut. Nasri picks out Benzema, who is deemed to be offside.
    • 2' Ben Arfa sees a cross headed clear after being sent down the line by Benzema.
    • 1' We are off and running then in this match.
    • 19.55 Almost ready to go then with the teams out on the pitch.
    • 19.50 Match odds: France 1/7, Iceland 16/1, Draw 13/2.
    • 19.45 Lars Lagerbäck (Iceland: "I am very pleased to have these games. You take a little risk because it is never good for a team to lose all the time and that is a danger playing against good teams but I prefer to run that risk because if you want to develop into a good team you have to test the players against as good a team as possible."
    • 19.40 Laurent Blanc: "There will be a lot of turnover against Iceland. There'll probably be a few changes against Serbia and a bit less against Estonia. The aim of the last game is to know most of the players who will start against England. Our status hasn't changed, but the way people are looking us certainly has. The win in Germany showed that, over one game, we could raise our level. But doing so over a whole competition is a different matter.''
    • 19.35 Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is expected to line up for Iceland alongside a number of other youngsters making their mark on the senior team, including Cardiff City's Aron Gunnarsson, Johann Gudmundsson of AZ Alkmaar and Ajax's Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.
    • 19.30 France begin their Euro 2012 warm-up schedule with several fringe players to be given the opportunity to shine ahead of their European championship opener against England in June. Mathieu Debuchy, Gael Clichy, Yoann Gourcuff, Marvin Martin, Hatem Ben Arfa, Mathieu Valbuena, Jeremy Menez and Olivier Giroud are all among those who could get a look in at Valenciennes. Striker Loic Remy has been ruled out of contention for the Euros.
    • 19.25 Teams: France: Mandanda, Debuchy, Rami, Mexes, Evra, Cabaye, Gourcuff, Nasri, Ben Arfa, Benzema, Menez..will give you Iceland team as soon as we get it....
    • 19.20 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of France against Iceland in this friendly match.
  • Summary

    • 85' GOAL! Rami smashes the ball into the net from Giroud's header down. Superb control and finish. The Valencia man with an excellent finish. A 3-2 lead for France.
    • 82' GOAL! Ribery equalises for France. Fine finish from Giroud's pass. Lovely one-two and the finish over Halldórsson was excellent. France back to 2-2.
    • 59' Glorious chance for Bjarnason as he raced in on goal, but a fine stop by Mandanda. Almost a 3-1 lead for Iceland.
    • 49' Benzerma's shot takes a huge deflection. France forcing the issue. Gourcuff almost in on the rebound. Iceland somehow survive.
    • 47' Lovely touch by Benzema to touch the ball into Ben Arfa's path, but he drags the shot wide of goal. Almost a goal for France minutes into this second half.
    • 42' Benzema drives the ball at goal. Halldórsson stands up well to make the block. Much, much better from France.
    • 41' Benzema drills shot wide of the goal. Inches away after a series of short passes. Appeals for a late challenge on Benzema, but nothing much in that.
    • 37' Debuchy picks out Benzema with a fine run and cross. The Real Madrid forward lifts the volley over the bar from 12 yards. Better from France.
    • 32' GOAL! Iceland move 2-0 clear. Sigthorsson finishes off the cross from Gislason. Brilliant move and finish.
    • 29' Arnason seemed to handle the ball from Gourcuff's shot inside the box, but the referee says no. French crowd unhappy with that call.
    • 26' GOAL! Iceland grab the lead. Bjarnason thumps a volley into the net from Sigthorsson's header on. Fine finish and Iceland lead 1-0.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • France

    Manager: Laurent Blanc

  • Iceland

    Manager: Lars Lagerbäck

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