Sunday June 1, 2014 Friendlies Finished Allianz Riviera

France 1 - 1 Paraguay

  • Griezmann 82’
  • Caceres 89’

  1. World Cup - Paraguay stun France with late equaliser

    World Cup - Paraguay stun France with late equaliser

    Paraguay's Victor Caceres struck a late equaliser to deny France a pre-World Cup friendly victory in a 1-1 draw at the Allianz Riviera. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • France
    • Paraguay
    • And that is that! Paraguay stun France with a late equaliser!
    • 90+4 Goalkeeper Silva wasting time with the goal kick. He is on his back and pretending to be injured. Boos ringing around.
    • 90+3 Mangala to Evra who tries to take on Rojas for pace but he can't get round him. The ball ends up with Giroud who tries to bend it in but it goes over easily.
    • 90+2 Benitez breaks but can't find te on-rushing Samburo who is dispossessed by Mavuba.
    • 90+1 Poor touch from Grenier and he goes back into his own half before being forced to play backwards to Koscielny.
    • 90' France pour forward again to try and nick a winner.
    • 89' THEY'VE EQUALISED! The ball was whipped in to the penalty spot where Caceres floats in with a free header and clips it in past the scrambling Lloris.
    • 88' Pogba picks up a yellow after leading with his arm in a headed duel with Benitez.
    • 87' France pour forward again with Pogba who lays it to Sagna. He busts a gut to try and get to it but just can't stop the ball going out of play.
    • 86' Rojas whips a cross in to the far post and almost finds Ortiz unmarked at the far post but he can't get his head on it and turn the ball goalwards.
    • 85' Griezmann breaks down the left and plays a one-two with Grenier before whipping the ball in towards Giroud but Silva comes out to claim.
    • 84' Paraguay win a throw on the left on the half way line and play it line for Benitez who wins another throw in.
    • 83' France don't let Paraguay settle and they win the ball back immediately.
    • 82' Sagna clears up the line for Sissokho. He one-twos with Giroud and Sissokho powers to the byline and almost lays it on a plate for Friezmann again but the defender clears. From the corner the ball drops down to Griezmann who bends the ball into the far corner from the left side of the penalty area!
    • 81' Giroud almost puts in Sissokho with a beautiful little lay off but the winger had just drifted offside and was called as such before he could put it on a plate for Griezmann.
    • 80' Ortiz tussling with Pogba, absolutely no contact and he is on the floor clutching his face. Handbags. Grenier takes but Ortiz clears.
    • 79' Pogba is fouled on the right wing as he skips past Gonzalez. Grenier is over it. But Ortiz is down.
    • 78' Grenier finds sissokho in space but his pass through to Giroud is eye of the needle stuff and is blocked.
    • 77' Romero comes off for Gonzalez.
    • 76' Griezmann breaks on the left but comes infield and plays it to Pogba on the right. He tries to round Samundo but the fullback stands tall and tackles well.
    • 75' Cardozo coming off for Orue in defence.
    • 74' Benitez almost in for Paraguay but Koscielny uses his pace to get back and make a tackle just before the centre forward can set himself.
    • 73' Evra skips past two challenges and digs out a cross off balance but it is dangerous. Ortiz is there again to head clear.
    • 72' Romero drives forward from midfield. He comes inside to Caceres who takes two touches infield before loetting fly well wide. Sissokho comes on for Valbuena also.
    • 71' Lovely one-wo with Griezman and Valbuena. The winger comes infield and lays it back to Griezman who tries a low cross which is blocked for a corner.
    • 70' France building up ahead of steam here. Surely a goal is coming.
    • 69' Grenier plays it low from the left to the edge of the area where Valbuena tries a flick round the corner but Ortiz clears.
    • 68' Silva goes long to Benitez who holds it up and lays it to Caceres who can't find Coronel on the right.
    • 67' Rojas breaks really well up the pitch and is cynically taken down by Sagna who picks up a yellow card. Good position for a free kick wide left. Paraguay win a corner via a deflection after the ball dropped to Benitez.
    • 66' Santa Cruz coming off for Benitez who is making his international debut.
    • 65' Giroud holds the ball up brilliantly again on the byline and lays it back to Valbuena who tries to find Sagna on the right but it is just overhit.
    • 64' Changes for France as Griezmann and Grenier come on for Remy and Matuidi.
    • 63' Valbuena over a free kick on the right wing. But Caceres is up to clear.
    • 62' Evra throws to Valbuena who gets it over to Remy but his header goes straight to Silva in goal.
    • 61' Lull in play as Paraguay look to slow things down. France struggling to find a way through.
    • 60' France go long to Giroud who trips over his own feet having brought the ball down and Paraguay clear.
    • 59' Valbuena whips the ball over from the right which Giroud meets but he heads it straight at the goalkeeper who pushes the ball wide. The next corner goes out from Valbuena.
    • 58' Caceres nips in to tacle Evra on he left. Valbuena works it with Evra and gets a cross over to Giroud who flicks his header goalwards and Silva tips over the crossbar.
    • 57' Evra plays a nice one-two with Remy who lays it in to Giroud on the edge of the area. He tries a fancy flick back to Remy but it doesn't come off and Paraguay clear.
    • 56' Mangala tries an ambitious ball to Evra who had creeped forward but it was too long and Coronel can work the line for Paraguay.
    • 55' Santa Cruz robs Pogba in the middle of the park but he plays the wrong pass at the wrong time to his left and the ball runs harmlessly out of play.
    • 54' Coronel comes forward but Evra does well to battle him off the ball. Valbuena then breaks on the right and encourages Sagna forward who crosses towards Giroud but Rojas is up to clear.
    • 53' Oviedo picks up a yellow after scything down Pogba as he looked to break. France now with it at the back. Matuidi looks to release Evra on the left but it runs out for a goal kick.
    • 52' Samundo absolutely larrops it at goal and Lloirs has to put everything behind it to save it.
    • 51' Cardozo sends Oviedo down the line. He sprints up the line and lays it inside to Romero who is fouled on the edge of the area.
    • 50' France with some slow build up play going from Evra to Mangala to Koscielny...
    • 49' Giroud and Remy play a delightful one-wo in a tight space on the right. His cross finds Valbuena at the far post who can't direct his header on target.
    • 48' Pgoba plays the ball in to Giroud who flicks the ball round the corner for Remy who tries to do the same thing back for the centre forward but Cardozo gets in the way.
    • 47' Matuidi plays the ball inside the right full back to Remy who crosses first time with his left foot. Giroud meets it but heads it well wide.
    • 46' We're back underway here. Mangala comes on for Sakho and Mavuba on for Cabaye for France.
    • And that is half time! Good football from France but no goals to show for it. Paraguay very plucky.
    • 45+3 Caceres loses out to Matuidi on the left. He lays it to Giroud in the box but the pass is just behind him and he can't gather it in.
    • 45+2 Sakho goes long to Giroud but Paraguay mop up and are now keeping the ball at the back hoping to run down the clock to half time.
    • 45+1 Sagna with a barnstorming challenge on Romero as he tries to break into the French half.
    • 45' Some nice one touch passing between Valbuena and Giroud before Matuidi tries to spin behind the back line but Cardozo stands up well to block the ball.
    • 44' Evra is arguing with Coronel. It was just a bit of contact, he'll get over it. They even hug.
    • 43' Injured Mendieta comes off for Rojas.
    • 42' Matuidi almost squeezes one in as the ball drops down to him in the area after a long ball but he can't direct his left footed strike on target.
    • 41' France have a free kick central from about 40 yards. Valbeuna is over it. He clips it into the box but Cardozo heads clear.
    • 40' France with some slow build up. Sakho goes long to Remy but he can't bring it down and Samundo clears.
    • 39' Giroud holds the ball up well wide left and is felled by Ortiz. Valbuena stands over the free kick. He whips it in but it runs all the way through to Silva in goal who gathers.
    • 38' Tangle of legs with Evra and his ankle gets caught in the ground. Looks like a nasty twist that. Medics on the pitch to assist.
    • 37' Mendieta is down again...
    • 36' Valbuena whips in a cross but Paraguay clear and break.
    • 35' He finally takes it and whips it over. Lloris looked worried for a second but it whistled just over the crossbar.
    • 34' The wall taking time to be put in place...
    • 33' Paraguay come up the pitch and Mendieta wins a free kick on the edge of the area.
    • 32' REMY WITH A SPECTACULAR EFFORT! Giroud brings the ball down fantastically over his shoulder before crossing for Remy who goes for an overhead kick which unfortunately comes off his shin and over.
    • 31' Samundo with time and space on the left wing. He tries to switch to Coronel but he mishts it and the ball flies out on the other side, gifting possession back to France.
    • 30' Cabaye finds Valbuena between the lines. He combines with Sagna on the right before coming back inside to Pogba who shifts the ball on to his left foot and lets fly. It trickles wide though.
    • 29' Caceres takes a shot from distance on the right of the penalty area. It gets a slight touch of Sakho and Lloris is forced into a save for a corner. Romero takes but Llloris is up to gather.
    • 28' Caceres releases Mendieta on the right who lays it again to Coronel on the overlap. Sakho comes across though and can clear for a throw in France's half.
    • 27' Pogba breaks wonderfully from the middle and takes on two players. He lays the ball left to Remy who comes inside on his right foot but mishis his shot which goes comfortably wide of the near post.
    • 26' Ball back to Lloris. Mendieta returns to the field of play. No cards brandished. And we go again.
    • 25' He is still down. Seems pretty pathetic. There is no way he is that hurt.
    • 24' Lengthy treatment here for Mendieta who is claiming he was elbowed. Didn't look like much on the replay.
    • 23' Caceres tries to dribble down the left wing but he just runs it out of play and France can pick up possession again.
    • 22' Matuidi this time with an effort from the edge of the area but it is a daisycutter and Silva can pick it up. Mendieta then breaks on the right wing and crosses to Santa Cruz who almost nods it in but just can't get his head on it.
    • 21' Cabaye flicks a ball inside him to Remy on the edge of the penalty area. Remy then flicks it round the corner to Giroud who takes one touch but his left footed strike is blocked. Close again.
    • 20' Valbuena is pushed over and lands on the ball winding him a litle on the right wing. He should be ok.
    • 19' Pogba attempts to lead an attack but overruns the ball and Samundo is able to recover possession.
    • 18' CHANCE! Long diagonal ball from Koscielny up to Giroud in the penalty area. He nods the ball across to Remy who allows the ball to bounce before getting his shot away from six yards but can't control it and it flies over.
    • 17' Sagna in acres on the right finds Giroud ahead of him but he is eased out of play by Alonso. Giroud not happy and is booked for dissent saying the linesman got the throw in decision wrong. Petty.
    • 16' Evra picks up the ball on the left and lays it inside to Cabaye. Evra continues his run beyond the defence but the ball back to him over the top is too long and Paraguay see it out for a goal kick.
    • 15' Remy flicks the ball on to Giroud who tries to find the on-rushing Matuidi but Caceres does well to get in the way and break up the impetus of the attack.
    • 14' Valbuena whips it in to the far post but he gets too much on it and it goes over the crossbar.
    • 13' France trying to build from the back but Paraguay are giving them no space through the midle. Evra eventually skips away from two players on the left wing before being tripped as he flew past the third player.
    • 12' Slow build up from France as Sakho plays to Koscielny. He goes long for Giroud but the South Americans can clear easily.
    • 11' France break with Evra and whips in a dangerous cross which Ortiz does well to head away.
    • 10' Paraguay take the ball up the pitch but can't fashion an opening before France break up the other end.
    • 9' Pogba darts between two players on the half way line but is upended and France have a free kick which they take sort to Sakho to build an attack from the back. Sagna gets in on the right and crosses for Giroud who can't get it under control. Eventually the ball is worked round to Remy on the left but his shot is mishit and goes wide.
    • 8' Sagna scampers down the line after a long hopeful ball from Cabaye but he fouls Ortiz as he gets his body in front.
    • 7' Paraguay work the ball down the left wing and win a throw of Koscielny on the half way line.
    • 6' Valbuena almost in on the left as he lays a one-two with Matuidi but the defender just about gets a toe on it for a corner before the diminutive winger could get a shot away.
    • 5' Romero drives the heart of the defence and lays it wide to Coronel who crosses towards Santa Cruz but Evra manages to block the cross.
    • 4' Silva comes steaming out for a ball played channel whcih he was never going to get to. Remy rounds him but can't direct the ball to a teammate from the byline.
    • 3' Paraguay with a strong start here. Oviedo tries to whip it in low to Romero but Sagna covers well for a corner. Romero whips it to the far post but Lloris is up to gather.
    • 2' Cabaye robbed in the middle of the park by Caceres who drives forward to the penalty area but can't decide whether to hold on to the ball or shoot and is then dispossessed by Sakho.
    • 1' And we're underway here at the Allianz Riviera in Nice! Off the back of a relatively easy victory over Norway last week, the French will be hoping for a similar outcome tonight! Paraguay kick off.
    • 19:55 STAT: France haven't conceded a goal in their last five home games and have banged in 18 against their opposition. That is their best run since May-November 2006. Paraguay have won just twice in their last ten games one of which was against Cameroon this past week.
    • 19:45 Odds for the match tonight, kicking off in 15 minutes, we've got France to win as heavy favourites priced at 2/5. Paraguay, obviously, are rank outsiders at 8/1 while a draw can be backed at 16/5.
    • 19:35 Quick stat. Would you believe it, France have never lost against Paraguay in their three ever encounters. They won at the World Cup in 1958 and then their title winning tournament in 1998. They also drew in 2008.
    • 19:30 Paraguay played Cameroon earlier in the week with a severely inexperienced squad and are going to do the same again tonight. The only household name is Roque Santa Cruz who will be primarily supported by players from the Paraguayan Primera Division. This is the start of forgetting their miserable World Cup qualification campaign.
    • 19:25 Didier Deschamps has just been dropped a bombshell that talismanic winger Frank Ribery wont be getting on the plane to Brazil because he has a bck injury he simply will not recover in time from. The front three is Remy, Giroud and Valbuena with Remy Cabella expected to be picked for the World Cup next month.
    • 19:20 TEAMS: France - Lloris, Sagna, Sakho, Koscielny, Evra, Pogba, Cabaye, Matuidi, Valbuena, Rémy, Giroud. /// Paraguay - Silva; Cardozo, Ortiz, Alonso, Coronel, Caceres, Oviedo, Samundo, Mendieta, Romero, Santa Cruz.
    • 19:00 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of the pre-World Cup friendly between France and Paraguay.
  • Summary

    • 89' THEY'VE EQUALISED! The ball was whipped in to the penalty spot where Caceres floats in with a free header and clips it in past the scrambling Lloris.
    • 88' Pogba picks up a yellow after leading with his arm in a headed duel with Benitez.
    • 82' Sagna clears up the line for Sissokho. He one-twos with Giroud and Sissokho powers to the byline and almost lays it on a plate for Friezmann again but the defender clears. From the corner the ball drops down to Griezmann who bends the ball into the far corner from the left side of the penalty area!
    • 67' Rojas breaks really well up the pitch and is cynically taken down by Sagna who picks up a yellow card. Good position for a free kick wide left. Paraguay win a corner via a deflection after the ball dropped to Benitez.
    • 59' Valbuena whips the ball over from the right which Giroud meets but he heads it straight at the goalkeeper who pushes the ball wide. The next corner goes out from Valbuena.
    • 53' Oviedo picks up a yellow after scything down Pogba as he looked to break. France now with it at the back. Matuidi looks to release Evra on the left but it runs out for a goal kick.
    • 52' Samundo absolutely larrops it at goal and Lloirs has to put everything behind it to save it.
    • 35' He finally takes it and whips it over. Lloris looked worried for a second but it whistled just over the crossbar.
    • 32' REMY WITH A SPECTACULAR EFFORT! Giroud brings the ball down fantastically over his shoulder before crossing for Remy who goes for an overhead kick which unfortunately comes off his shin and over.
    • 21' Cabaye flicks a ball inside him to Remy on the edge of the penalty area. Remy then flicks it round the corner to Giroud who takes one touch but his left footed strike is blocked. Close again.
    • 18' CHANCE! Long diagonal ball from Koscielny up to Giroud in the penalty area. He nods the ball across to Remy who allows the ball to bounce before getting his shot away from six yards but can't control it and it flies over.
    • 17' Sagna in acres on the right finds Giroud ahead of him but he is eased out of play by Alonso. Giroud not happy and is booked for dissent saying the linesman got the throw in decision wrong. Petty.
    • 9' Pogba darts between two players on the half way line but is upended and France have a free kick which they take sort to Sakho to build an attack from the back. Sagna gets in on the right and crosses for Giroud who can't get it under control. Eventually the ball is worked round to Remy on the left but his shot is mishit and goes wide.

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