Tuesday May 27, 2014 Friendlies Finished Stade de France

France 4 - 0 Norway

  • Pogba 15’
  • Giroud 51’, 69’
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  1. International friendlies - France enjoy easy win against Norway

    International friendlies - France enjoy easy win against Norway

    France got their World Cup preparations underway with an impressive 4-0 victory against Norway. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • France
    • Norway
    • 90+4' ...and Ruffier flaps it away, and the referee calls for full time. That's an impressive win for Norway, but let's not read too much into it.
    • 90+3' A corner for both sides. First France, now Norway...
    • 90' There will be three minutes of added time.
    • 89' Remy attempts a chip and has his shot tipped over the bar.
    • 88' The game is drawing to a close now. Given it's a friendly, there's unlikely to be a great deal of added time. Neither side will want it, either.
    • 85' A free kick on the right wing for Norway. France clear and break through Remy. The ball is out left for Sissoko, back in the box for Remy, but his shot is saved.
    • 83' Norway continue to keep the ball, and France are happy to sit off.
    • 82' Norway break, France drop deep, and the danger looks to have passed for now.
    • 80' Cabella replaces Cabaye.
    • 79' France are happy to keep the ball around the defence now.
    • 78' Rufffier claims a high corner from the right with authority, but he is under no pressure.
    • 77' Samuelsen replaces Daehli.
    • 75' Mavuba replaces Matuidi.
    • 73' Konradsen replaces Tettey.
    • 72' Blaise Matuidi's through ball sets up Remy to drag a shot just wide.
    • 71' Grienier replaces Valbuena.
    • 69' GOAL! France 4-0 Norway. Giroud scores. A ball out to Digne, who sends in Valbuena on the byline to turn the ball into the box, and Giroud heads into the net
    • 67' GOAL! France 3-0 Norway. Remy has scored moments after coming on. A through-ball down the centre from Debuchy allows Remy to run forward without breaking stride, and he slots the ball past the goalkeeper.
    • 66' A wonderful move sees Valbuena lay the ball off to Giroud, who cantonas it to Matuidi to head on, but Valbuena is offside.
    • 64' Remy comes on to replace Griezmann.
    • 63' King is replaced by Nielsen.
    • 62' France have had more than 80% of the possession this half. Sissoko cuts the ball back to Griezmann, but it's not quite far enough in front of the forward to control.
    • 61' Elyounoussi wastes a rare opportunity, sending a shot well wide after a heavy touch.
    • 58' Cabaye's shot from 30 yards drifts wide.
    • 57' Braaten is on for Jenssen.
    • 56' Digne dinks a ball forward down the left which wins a corner. Valbuena takes quickly, the ball is put into the box and first Matuidi and then Valbuena can't score.
    • 55' Koscielny and Sakho dither in dealing with an attack and Ruffier has to come out to claim. They are such a liability. Ruffier might have injured himself in doing so.
    • 53' Valbuena is tackled by King, and is penalised for the strength of the challenge. The ball is curled to the back post but Giroud and Koscielny can't reach it.
    • 52' GOAL! France 2-0 Norway. Wonderful finish from Giroud. Valbuena finds space in midfield, takes a touch away from a marker, sends the ball forward to Giroud who takes the ball, watches it bounce up, and he casually loops it over the 'keeper.
    • 51' Cabaye gets inside the box, and has to stretch to toe the ball towards goal. Sissoko fouls in midfield and Norway have a free kick.
    • 50' Ruffier sends a goal kick forward to Griezmann, but he can't keep it in play.
    • 48' Hangelaand hoofs it forward and Daehli finds Hogli, and then King keeps it, lays it off to Daehli who is tackled, and Norway have a corner on the left.
    • 47' France have eased off so far, and Norway are comfortable with the ball in defence.
    • 46' Sissoko is on for Pogba, and Digne is on for Evra.
    • 45+2' Evra gets to the byline and whips in a cross, but it's cleared at the near post and the referee blows for half time. See you in 15 minutes.
    • 45' Cabaye's free kick hits the wall, then Griezmann picks it up and has his cross blocked. Norway can't get out of their half. Sakho plays a brilliant pass out wide to Valbuena but Norway finally manage a clearance.
    • 44' Valbuena is clipped by Tettey outside the box, and he's given a yellow card for it. The free kick is 25 yards out, and centrally placed.
    • 42' A good chance for Norway as France are opened up down the left by King, who lays the ball off to Hygli, whose shot from a tight angle is beaten away by Ruffier.
    • 41' Oops - he is correct.
    • 40' He is correct!
    • 39' A lull in the game until Tettey intercepts in midfield and takes a shot from distance that Ruffier smartly saves to his left.
    • 37' Griezmann pulls the ball back from the byline, but it misses everyone. As a competition, why not try to translate the tweet below?
    • 36' France break with Debuchy and Valbuena, but the cross to Griezmann is cleared after a poor header.
    • 34' France have the ball in defence, and aren't in a rush to try anything yet. I say that, and Sakho hits a long ball that results in Giroud giving away a free kick.
    • 32' Hogli is tackled high up the left wing and France do well to win the ball back. France switch play to the left, and then into the centre. Pogba finds Debuchy, who crosses with his first touch, but teh cross is headed away.
    • 31' Norway have had 52% of possession, so why aren't they winning? I don't understand.
    • 30' Nothing comes of the corner. Ruffier clears with a goal kick.
    • 29' Koscielny tackles King on the byline and Norway have a corner on the right.
    • 28' Debuchy overhits a cross and it's headed clear. Elyounoussi is fouled in midfield and Norway retain the ball.
    • 26' Nordtveit lines it up, catches a low shot very well that skids under the wall, but is just a yard or so wide.
    • 25' King is tripped by Matuidi as he was bearing down on goal, outside the box. It's a free kick for Norway, 25 yards out.
    • 23' Elyonoussi's whipped cross is headed out by Sakho. Another corner for Norway, from the other side, and Ruffier is fouled, winning a free kick.
    • 22' Norway win a corner on the left wing. Daehli plays a short pass, wins it back, and Valbuena trips him outside the box. A good chance to put in a cross.
    • 21' A rare moment for Norway with the ball, and they pass around defence and midfield.
    • 20' Still France retain the ball. Norway don't really give a fig, but there's an obvious sense of confidence with France that there wasn't two years ago.
    • 18' France continue to dominate possession. Pogba receives the ball and spots a gap in the midfield. He bursts into it and slams a shot just a yard wide of goal from outside the box.
    • 16' Sakho gets a little slap in the face as he wins a high ball, but he's OK.
    • 15' GOAL! France 1-0 Norway. Pogba scores. The ball is worked to Valbuena on the left of the box. From the angle, he takes the ball onto his right foot, and curls in a ball for Pogba, totally unmarked, and he places a firm header into the corner.
    • 14' France are dominating possession at the moment, but they haven't stretched the Norwegian defence yet. It's still early. So they shouldn't panic. Or should they? Definitely.
    • 13' Valbuena and the rest of the France team are playing the ball comfortably in the Norwegian half, but Evra's cross is repelled. Debuchy trips Daehli as he breaks forward.
    • 12' Here's Tony Nunes making sense.
    • 10' Matuidi picks up an overhit cross that is glanced by Giroud. It comes back out to Cabaye, who takes a shot that Griezmann flicks on with his header, wrong-footing the keeper, but it's wide of goal.
    • 8' Daehli gets out to the wing, plays the ball inside and play is worked to the right wing. France are defending deep, but Cabaye brings the ball forward for France now.
    • 6' Pogba sends a ball out right for Debuchy, but the ball runs out of play. Oh, no! France! Oh!
    • 5' Benzema is the only player in the French squad not to be on the subs' bench tonight, as he's recovering from his performance and celebration after the Champions League.
    • 2' Griezmann is hacked on the left wing, and Valbuena takes a free kick. It's whipped in towards Griezmann at the near post but Nyland-Hogli tips it over. From the corner, Giroud rises above the crowd to thunder a header at goal, but the 'keeper beats it away well.
    • 1' We have kick off. What a thrilling start to what will be a magnificent and eventful evening.
    • 19:55 With five minutes to go, I'll do my customarily ignored invitation to get involved on Twitter by using my handle @lxndrnthrtn. I'm predicting a 2-0 victory for France.
    • 19:50 The game is exciting for a few reasons. Well, OK, a couple. Well, OK, one. Well, OK, it depends how you define interesting. Nevertheless the excellent Paul Pogba starts, and he will no doubt score seventeen goals, all from outside the box, only some of them with his feet, and make a mockery of Alex Ferguson's treatment of him.
    • 19:45 Sadly for Norway, they finished fourth in their World Cup qualifying group, so they are here purely to make up the numbers, which I'm sure is a feeling all my audience are absolutely familiar with.
    • 19:40 France start their preparations for the World Cup today, and they are Samir Nasri-less. Just let that sink in for a minute.
    • 19:35 TEAMS: France: Ruffier, Debuchy, Evra, Sakho, Koscielny, Cabaye, Matuidi, Pogba, Giroud, Valbuena, Griezmann. /// Norway: Nyland-Hogli, Linnes, Hangeland, Johansen-King, Nordtveit, Elyounoussi, Tettey-Jenssen, Daehli
    • 19:30 Hello and welcome to live coverage of the international friendly between France and Norway.
  • Summary

    • 89' Remy attempts a chip and has his shot tipped over the bar.
    • 72' Blaise Matuidi's through ball sets up Remy to drag a shot just wide.
    • 69' GOAL! France 4-0 Norway. Giroud scores. A ball out to Digne, who sends in Valbuena on the byline to turn the ball into the box, and Giroud heads into the net
    • 67' GOAL! France 3-0 Norway. Remy has scored moments after coming on. A through-ball down the centre from Debuchy allows Remy to run forward without breaking stride, and he slots the ball past the goalkeeper.
    • 52' GOAL! France 2-0 Norway. Wonderful finish from Giroud. Valbuena finds space in midfield, takes a touch away from a marker, sends the ball forward to Giroud who takes the ball, watches it bounce up, and he casually loops it over the 'keeper.
    • 44' Valbuena is clipped by Tettey outside the box, and he's given a yellow card for it. The free kick is 25 yards out, and centrally placed.
    • 42' A good chance for Norway as France are opened up down the left by King, who lays the ball off to Hygli, whose shot from a tight angle is beaten away by Ruffier.
    • 39' A lull in the game until Tettey intercepts in midfield and takes a shot from distance that Ruffier smartly saves to his left.
    • 26' Nordtveit lines it up, catches a low shot very well that skids under the wall, but is just a yard or so wide.
    • 18' France continue to dominate possession. Pogba receives the ball and spots a gap in the midfield. He bursts into it and slams a shot just a yard wide of goal from outside the box.
    • 15' GOAL! France 1-0 Norway. Pogba scores. The ball is worked to Valbuena on the left of the box. From the angle, he takes the ball onto his right foot, and curls in a ball for Pogba, totally unmarked, and he places a firm header into the corner.
    • 10' Matuidi picks up an overhit cross that is glanced by Giroud. It comes back out to Cabaye, who takes a shot that Griezmann flicks on with his header, wrong-footing the keeper, but it's wide of goal.
    • 2' Griezmann is hacked on the left wing, and Valbuena takes a free kick. It's whipped in towards Griezmann at the near post but Nyland-Hogli tips it over. From the corner, Giroud rises above the crowd to thunder a header at goal, but the 'keeper beats it away well.
    • 19:35 TEAMS: France: Ruffier, Debuchy, Evra, Sakho, Koscielny, Cabaye, Matuidi, Pogba, Giroud, Valbuena, Griezmann. /// Norway: Nyland-Hogli, Linnes, Hangeland, Johansen-King, Nordtveit, Elyounoussi, Tettey-Jenssen, Daehli

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • France

    Manager: Didier Deschamps

  • Norway

    Manager: Per-Mathias Høgmo

  • Line-up

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