Friday March 25, 2011 Group Stage: Group D Finished Stade Josy Barthel

Luxembourg 0 - 2 France

  • Mexès 28’
  • Gourcuff 72’

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    Time:90'
    • Luxembourg
    • France
    • 90+2 An unconvincing win from France in the end - 2-0 is not good enough against Luxembourg. But a win's a win and they are top of their group!
    • 89' Gah! France have been frustrating. A super break, led by Ribery, stalls as he delays his pass and his pal Benzema goes too early: offside, when it should have been three.
    • 84' The ref books Mutsch for taking it too quickly. D'oh! In the end it's poor, out for a throw on the right.
    • 83' Stupid foul by Yann Mvila on the edge of the box, left-hand side for Luxembourg.
    • 80' Tell you what, Luxembourg aren't bad on the counter - a super run by Gerson (yes, he is Brazilian) and a great cross just over the head of Joachim.
    • 72' France score! Phew. Gourcuff adds a mild sense of respectability to this scoreline with the second, a half volley after a cross from - yup, you guessed it - Ribery.
    • 67' Benzema runs past three defenders before striking a shot just wide frmo a tight angle - possibly should have passed!
    • 64' France's first corner of the second half, a shocking 19 minutes in, yields a header from Rami that Joubert is equal to. Sign him up!
    • 46' Second half underway at Stade Josy Barthel.
    • 45+2 Half time in Luxembourg and it's only 1-0 to France, with the hosts packing the defence and thankful for some good goalkeeping.
    • 45' Malouda with a weak finish at Joubert, who has been a bit of a hero tonight. 1-0 into the break will please the home fans no end!
    • 40' In quick succession Malouda, Sagna and Benzema are denied by Schnell, keeper Joubert and Mutsch respectively.
    • 36' As you can imagine, France are running this game but Luxembourg are putting everyone behind the ball and riding their luck. Malouda and Rami have missed chances, which have been relatively rare given France's possession.
    • 28' Goal for France! Mexes the scorer after a frustrating first half an hour at the Stade Josy Barthel. Nasri is the provider, putting the ball on the defender's head and it leaves Joubert in goal helpless.
    • 18' Malouda fires over the top for France - they've yet to make much impact on Luxembourg.
    • 1' France's match against Minnows Luxembourg is underway...
    • 19:20 TEAMS - Luxembourg: Joubert, Blaise, Hoffmann, Schnell, Mutsch, Bettmer, Payal, Laterza, Krogh Gerson, Leweck, Joachim; Subs: Oberweis, Martino, Da Mota Alves, Collette, Plein, Bukvic, Kettenmeyer; France: Lloris, Sagna, Evra, Rami, Mexes, Gourcuff, Nasri, Malouda, M'Vila, Ribery, Benzema; Subs: Mandanda, Sakho, Reveillere, Menez, Diarra, Gameiro, Remy
  • Summary

    • 72' France score! Phew. Gourcuff adds a mild sense of respectability to this scoreline with the second, a half volley after a cross from - yup, you guessed it - Ribery.
    • 64' France's first corner of the second half, a shocking 19 minutes in, yields a header from Rami that Joubert is equal to. Sign him up!
    • 40' In quick succession Malouda, Sagna and Benzema are denied by Schnell, keeper Joubert and Mutsch respectively.
    • 28' Goal for France! Mexes the scorer after a frustrating first half an hour at the Stade Josy Barthel. Nasri is the provider, putting the ball on the defender's head and it leaves Joubert in goal helpless.
    • 19:20 TEAMS - Luxembourg: Joubert, Blaise, Hoffmann, Schnell, Mutsch, Bettmer, Payal, Laterza, Krogh Gerson, Leweck, Joachim; Subs: Oberweis, Martino, Da Mota Alves, Collette, Plein, Bukvic, Kettenmeyer; France: Lloris, Sagna, Evra, Rami, Mexes, Gourcuff, Nasri, Malouda, M'Vila, Ribery, Benzema; Subs: Mandanda, Sakho, Reveillere, Menez, Diarra, Gameiro, Remy

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  • Luxembourg

    Manager: Luc Holtz

  • France

    Manager: Laurent Blanc

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