Wednesday February 9, 2011 Friendlies Finished Stade de France

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  1. Euro 2012 qual. - Benzema downs 10-man Brazil

    Euro 2012 qual. - Benzema downs 10-man Brazil

    Karim Benzema's good form for France continued as he scored the only goal in a 1-0 friendly win over 10-man Brazil at the Stade de France. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • France
    • Brazil
    • 90+3 There's the full-time whistle, France win and Lucas inexplicably chases the ref, come on man it's a friendly!
    • 90+2 Almost a second for France as Remy races down the right and drills a low effort across goal, but Cabaye comes central instead of far post and it drifts wide.
    • 90+1 Two minutes added time. Menezes is furious.
    • 90' Sagna is down hurt...
    • 88' Mistake by the France defence adnd Hulk is in but out flies Lloris to block at his feet! Sagna with the error to play him onside.
    • 87' BRAZIL SUB: Andre comes on now. Hulk entered earlier too, for Pato.
    • 86' Another Franace sub as Cabaye comes on for Gourcuff.
    • 85' A clever backheel by Benzema, who wins a free-kick off Santos and is taken off for Gameiro.
    • 84' Benzema on the left now races in but he gets the cross all wrong, scooping it over.
    • 83' OOOH! Pato almost sent Sandro in with a lovely backheel but France clear.
    • 82' Brazil are knocking it about just like, erm, Brazil. But it's mostly in their own half for now.
    • 80' Diaby on the right knocks it back to Sagna, now Gourcuff but his through ball is stopped by Luiz.
    • 79' Pato is just offside after Rami seemed to get caught out of position.
    • 78' Santos gets down the left, he leaves Sagna for dead and drills a superb ball across the face of goal but no-one attacks it and France survive!
    • 76' Sagna loops a cross into the air that hangs for an age before Cesar claims.
    • 75' A bit of a scissors from Diarra and the Brazil players ask why that wasn't a card, and I can sympathise with them.
    • 74' Benzema cuts in from the left beating Alves and another but his cross sails beyond the far post.
    • 73' Malouda finds the overlapping Abidal on the left but his cross is kicked away for a throw.
    • 72' Alves with a godo ball in from the right but Mexes clears to touch.
    • 71' Brazil look a bit more confident on the ball now they have an extra man in midfield.
    • 69' BRAZIL SUB: Robinho comes off for Spurs midfielder Sandro.
    • 68' FRANCE SUB: Remy on for Menez.
    • 67' Menez is now booked for a late and to be honest nasty tackle on Luiz. Had it been a competitive match I would not have been surprised to see a red.
    • 66' Down the other end Sagna and Menez fail to combine and it's back with Cesar.
    • 65' Menez is robbed by Santos but Robinho's pass to Pato is heavy and Lloris claims.
    • 64' Robinho is booked for backchat.
    • 63' Brazil are hanging in now as Santos fouls Gourcuff.
    • 62' Benzema is in with a second surely but Cesar flies across with a super save and Brazil survive!
    • 61' FRANCE SUB: Abou Diaby on for MVila.
    • 60' Malouda's corner is cleared and Robinho comes away with it. He's wearing the armband now.
    • 59' Luiz holds off Gourcuff after Sagna put the ball in. Corner.
    • 58' BRAZIL SUB: First cap for Jadson, on for Augusto.
    • 57' Menez wins a free-kick on the right, nutmegging Luiz. Malouda puts it in but Luiz heads into Cesar's arms.
    • 56' France are all over Brazil now as Cesar claws it out from under the bar after Benzema flew in with the header! Sagna and Menez combined for the cross and Gourcuff flicked it on.
    • 54' BENZEMA MAKES IT 1-0! This time he scores, passing it into the net from two yards after a superb run and cross by Menez from the right. Ooh la la. Andre Santos made into mincemeat, or viande hachée as they'd say.
    • 53' Good defending by Rami as Pato almost wriggles in, sliding in and playing the ball back to Lloris. Down the other end Gourcuff has a pop from range but a daisy-cutter and easy for Cesar.
    • 52' Sagna gets forward and now MVila is on it but a really poor ball sails out of play and into an unimpressed Laurent Blanc's hands. "C'est quoi ca?" he asks his midfielder.
    • 51 Another dangerous ball from France's left but Cesar sees it go out.
    • 49' BENZEMA MUST SCORE but a super block by Silva! Brilliant cross by Malouda which Benzema took on the chest but it took an age for him to bring it down and Silva and Luiz too manages to block the volley.
    • 48' Taken short by Gourcuff but the ball in for MVila is cleared. Ten-man Brazil immediately on the back foot.
    • 47' Malouda finds Benzema on the left and he manages to win a corner off Silva.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • 45+1 Half-time and it's goalless but Brazil are a man down after Hernanes's rotten tackle on Benzema.
    • 45+1 Only one minute added time being played.
    • 45' Menez with a crossfield pass to Malouda, who almost gets past Santos but fouls him in the process.
    • 44' Corner to France after Abidal finds Benzema, who wins it off Santos. Cesar takes the ball, despite the best efforts of his defenders to put him off.
    • 43' Menez with a superb cross that Cesar flies across to tip away and he needed to do that as Benzema and Gourcuff were arriving!
    • 42' Malouda cuts inside and has a pop but Santos blocks. Corner.
    • 41' Yeah that was a red and a half - he kicked him in the chest and almost had his eye out for good measure. Benzema is getting patched up, probably more in shock than anything.
    • 40' Hernanes flies in with a high tackle on Benzema and that is surely a red card! A De Jong - Xabi Alonso and unfortunately for him Howard Webb isn't in charge so he is off.
    • 39' Luiz forward to Pato but Mexes, like a gazelle, stretches across to tackle.
    • 38' Silva takes Malouda down about 35 yards out, France take it short before MVila overplays the pass for Gourcuff.
    • 37' Menez takes a shove from Alves and now France have a free-kick on the left wing, but Gourcuff's low inswinger is right down the throat of Cesar.
    • 36' Silva lofts it in, Rami misses his header and Pato is in but the ball bounces away for him! He wasn't expecting that! France are all over the shop as Elias takes it on, finding Robinho who smacks a shot in but it flies over!
    • 35' Late tackle by Sagna on Hernanes. No card, it's only a friendly.
    • 34' Almost a super move by Brazil as Elias slides Pato through but he is a touch slow to react and the keeper is quick to react - the pass was also a touch heavy.
    • 33' Santos gets forward from left back, he's in the box bu France clear the bouncing ball.
    • 32' Menez is down hurt but gingerly gets up to his feet.
    • 31' Strong defending by Gourcuff all the way back but Abidal knocks it straight out for a throw.
    • 30' Benzema lives. I don't think there was anything sinister in that tackle. Low in by Malouda and Diarra gets a flick on the ball but it spins over! Cesar just stood watching!
    • 29' Benzema is still down after that challenge from Luiz, he seems to have twisted his knee while falling.
    • 28' Nice touch with back to goal by Benzema, who is knocked over and wins a free-kick.
    • 27' Poor kick by Lloris, straight to Pato and Robinho could be in but the flag is up for offside.
    • 26' The furious pace of the opening has died somewhat.
    • 24' Alves takes but this time the dum is a decoy for a ball wide to Elias, which Malouda reads to tackle and clear to touch.
    • 23' Free-kick to Brazil 30 yards out, a touch to the right...
    • 22' Luiz comes forward down the left, Robinho now wins a throw.
    • 21' Malouda miscontrols the ball, but back with the keeper Lloris.
    • 20' Lloris plays it long but Gourcuff on the right is isolated. Brazil have a free-kick on halfway.
    • 19' Hernanes plays in the corner but MVila heads away. Back to Hernanes on the left but his cross is terrible, out for a goal kick.
    • 18' Alves with a long run-up and a poor shot, hitting the wall - Gourcuff I think - and over. At least he has a corner though.
    • 17' Rami gives away a free-kick in a dangerous position, 25 yards out, Alves is over it...
    • 16' It opens up for Malouda but he takes too many touches when he had Benzema on the overlap. Greed. Alves got in to tackle him.
    • 15' Lucas tugs Menez's shirt and now France have a free-kick. After that exciting start it's all got a bit scrappy.
    • 14' Malouda with a clumsy one on Silva. No card.
    • 13' Lucas with a super low ball to Pato, who takes a touch and clips a dipping curler over the keeper but also the bar.
    • 12' Augusto with a one-two with Elias, now Lucas but his through ball is intercepted by a classy-looking Mexes.
    • 11' Alves almost sends Augusto in but Rami does enough to get his head on the ball, which is cleared by Abidal.
    • 10' Benzema slips it in to Menez but his layoff is behind Gourcuff. This is good stuff from France.
    • 9' INCHES WIDE FROM BENZEMA! He was played into the right side of the box by a superb flick from Gourcuff 30 yards out, but the Madrid stirker's low finish fizzed inches beyond the far post with Cesar beaten.
    • 8' Malouda's corner, aimed for Rami, drops just behind the soon-to-be-Valencia defender and Brazil bring it clear.
    • 7' Good stuff from Gourcuff, who forces a corner on the right. Mexes trots up for it...
    • 6' It's France in control of the ball now but Malouda gets his shot wrong, trickling the ball well wide.
    • 5' Benzema bustles forward on the left and slips the ball inside to Malouda on the edge of the box, he takes a dive and the ref waves him up. Brazil clear. Positive start from both sides.
    • 4' Hernanes swings it in but Diarra can head away. Alves now whips it in from the right, Mexes gets his head on it but Robinho has it. Lucas's ball is poor, straight at Lloris.
    • 3' Hernanes takes but Rami heads over his own bar for a corner.
    • 2' Decent start by Brazil as Alves has a pop from range, Lloris dropping it but claiming at the second time of asking. Now a dodgy backpass plays the keeper into trouble, and Rami slides in to catch Robinho! Free-kick on the left wing....
    • 1' The first half is underway in Paris!!
    • 19:55 Brazil's Menezes is happy to welcome back Julio Cesar between the sticks, although feels Kaka is not fit enough after his ongoing injury problems: "This was already part of our plans and it's with happiness that I call up Julio Cesar for the first time".
    • 19:50 France boss Laurent Blanc: "As a player, you don't have many opportunities to face Brazil in your career. They are one of the two best teams in the world. It's going to be difficult. Brazil have a multitude of good players. To measure oneself against the best is the best way to make progress. It will be a good gauge."
    • 19:45 In addition to Nasri, Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery is also injured. Patrice Evra and Jeremy Toulalan, however, are not - they appear to still be paying the price for the World Cup mutiny, despite having served their bans.
    • 19:45 You may wonder where Maicon, Luis Fabiano, Felipe Melo and Michel Bastos are - they are simply overlooked, partly due to form and partly because new boss Mano Menezes fancies testing out younger players. One of those, the exciting Neymar, is left with the U20s.
    • 19:40 There are Brazil debuts for playmaker Renato Augusto, of Bayer Leverkusen, and possible debut for Shakhtar's Jadson. Manchester United full-back Rafael is not named on the bench, one assumes as a precaution over his recent concussion.
    • 19:35 New Chelsea defender David Luiz gets a start at centre-back, while Liverpool's Lucas - who is finally finding club form - plays in midfield. Porto star Hulk, who has scored 19 goals in 17 league matches and 27 in all competitions, is on the bench, with Milan pair Robinho and Pato leading the line. Spurs' Heurelho Gomes and Sandro are on the bench, as is Chelsea's Ramires and Manchester United's Anderson.
    • 19:30 For France there are few surprises, with Samir Nasri injured there is a chance for Jeremy Menez to impress as a second striker behind the vaguely reborn Karim Benzema. Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny is on the bench ahead of a possible first cap.
    • 19:25 Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)
    • 19:20 TEAMS - France: Lloris, Abidal, Sagna, Rami, Mexes, Gourcuff, Diarra, M'Vila, Malouda, Benzema, Menez; Subs: Carrasso, Cabaye, Remy, Hoarau, Gameiro, Sakho, Diaby, Matuidi, Clichy, Koscielny, Mandanda /// Brazil: Julio Cesar, Andre Santos, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Lucas, Hernanes, Renato Augusto, Elias, Robinho, Pato; Subs: Gomes, Da Silva, Ramires, Sandro, Marcelo, Anderson, Jadson, Hulk, Andre, Breno, Neto
    • 19:15 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of France and Brazil's prestige friendly, kicking ogg at 8pm UK time.
  • Summary

    • 90+2 Almost a second for France as Remy races down the right and drills a low effort across goal, but Cabaye comes central instead of far post and it drifts wide.
    • 88' Mistake by the France defence adnd Hulk is in but out flies Lloris to block at his feet! Sagna with the error to play him onside.
    • 78' Santos gets down the left, he leaves Sagna for dead and drills a superb ball across the face of goal but no-one attacks it and France survive!
    • 62' Benzema is in with a second surely but Cesar flies across with a super save and Brazil survive!
    • 56' France are all over Brazil now as Cesar claws it out from under the bar after Benzema flew in with the header! Sagna and Menez combined for the cross and Gourcuff flicked it on.
    • 54' BENZEMA MAKES IT 1-0! This time he scores, passing it into the net from two yards after a superb run and cross by Menez from the right. Ooh la la. Andre Santos made into mincemeat, or viande hachée as they'd say.
    • 49' BENZEMA MUST SCORE but a super block by Silva! Brilliant cross by Malouda which Benzema took on the chest but it took an age for him to bring it down and Silva and Luiz too manages to block the volley.
    • 43' Menez with a superb cross that Cesar flies across to tip away and he needed to do that as Benzema and Gourcuff were arriving!
    • 40' Hernanes flies in with a high tackle on Benzema and that is surely a red card! A De Jong - Xabi Alonso and unfortunately for him Howard Webb isn't in charge so he is off.
    • 36' Silva lofts it in, Rami misses his header and Pato is in but the ball bounces away for him! He wasn't expecting that! France are all over the shop as Elias takes it on, finding Robinho who smacks a shot in but it flies over!
    • 30' Benzema lives. I don't think there was anything sinister in that tackle. Low in by Malouda and Diarra gets a flick on the ball but it spins over! Cesar just stood watching!
    • 9' INCHES WIDE FROM BENZEMA! He was played into the right side of the box by a superb flick from Gourcuff 30 yards out, but the Madrid stirker's low finish fizzed inches beyond the far post with Cesar beaten.
    • 19:20 TEAMS - France: Lloris, Abidal, Sagna, Rami, Mexes, Gourcuff, Diarra, M'Vila, Malouda, Benzema, Menez; Subs: Carrasso, Cabaye, Remy, Hoarau, Gameiro, Sakho, Diaby, Matuidi, Clichy, Koscielny, Mandanda /// Brazil: Julio Cesar, Andre Santos, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Lucas, Hernanes, Renato Augusto, Elias, Robinho, Pato; Subs: Gomes, Da Silva, Ramires, Sandro, Marcelo, Anderson, Jadson, Hulk, Andre, Breno, Neto

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • H. Lloris
      • B. Sagna
      • A. Rami
      • P. Mexès
      • E. Abidal
      • A. Diarra
      • Y. M'Vila Substitution Out (60′)
      • J. Menez Yellow Card Substitution Out (69′)
      • Y. Gourcuff Substitution Out (86′)
      • F. Malouda
      • K. Benzema Goal Substitution Out (86′)

      Subs

      • A. Réveillère
      • G. Clichy
      • S. Mandanda
      • G. Hoarau
      • L. Koscielny
      • K. Gameiro Substitution In86′
      • B. Matuidi
      • L. Rémy Substitution In69′
      • M. Sakho
      • C. Carrasso
      • A. Diaby Substitution In60′
      • Y. Cabaye Substitution In86′
    • Starting line-up

      • Júlio César
      • Dani Alves
      • David Luiz
      • Thiago Silva
      • André Santos
      • Lucas
      • Elias Substitution Out (89′)
      • Hernanes Red Card
      • R. Augusto Substitution Out (59′)
      • Robinho Yellow Card Substitution Out (70′)
      • A. Pato Substitution Out (85′)

      Subs

      • Sandro Substitution In70′
      • André Substitution In89′
      • Luisão
      • Gomes
      • Jadson Substitution In59′
      • Anderson
      • Marcelo
      • Breno
      • Ramires
      • Hulk Substitution In85′
      • Rafael
      • Neto
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