Thursday May 31, 2012 Friendlies Finished Stade Auguste Delaune

France 2 - 0 Serbia

  • Ribéry 11’
  • Malouda 16’

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  1. Euro 2012 - France win marred by M'Vila blow

    Euro 2012 - France win marred by M'Vila blow

    France cruised to a win 2-0 over Serbia in their Euro 2012 warm-up game in Reims but the victory was soured by an injury to Yann Mvila. More

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    • France
    • Serbia
    • 90+2' That is full-time in Reims, and France beat Serbia 2-0 thanks to two goals in the first 15 minutes from Franck Ribery and Florent Malouda. The only downside for manager Laurent Blanc is the early injury to midfielder Yann M'Vila, who got a bad knock on his ankle in the first minute.
    • 91' Menez is offside from the pass from Ben Arfa.
    • 90' Two minutes of added on time.
    • 90' Kolarov sees a free-kick headed clear, but Lloris again saves the follow-up shot this time from Radovanovic.
    • 89' And Laurent Blanc is never going to be a 4-4-2 coach..he had the chance to partner Giroud with Benzema tonight, but preferred his 4-3-3 (4-2-3-1) formation.
    • 88' Lessons learned from tonight..France are a good bet at double figure odds.
    • 87' Tomic has an optimistic effort from outside of the box, which is well wide.
    • 83' The band is playing 'Daddy Cool' now - I am desperately trying to find a football related Boney M pun...and failing.
    • 82' This game has been ruined in the second half by the substitutions. You can understand why both coaches want to experiment, but Blanc could have really built confidence in his squad had he let his team sustain the tempo of the first half.
    • 80' Tadic is off for Serbia, replaced by Nemanja Tomic.
    • 79' Yann M'Vila has returned from the dressing room to the bench, with his right ankle strapped up. But I suspect Yoann Gourcuff's phone won't be off for the next 48 hours!
    • 76' Menez defends well to deny Ninkov on the right touchline. Like Malouda before him, Menez is not averse to tracking back to help out his defence.
    • 75' Hatem Ben Arfa is coming on for France, replacing Malouda.
    • 73' Tadic rolls Malouda on the edge of the box, but Lloris is again able to save easily.
    • 72' Adil Rami is coming on for the last twenty minutes, for the far from impressive Mexes.
    • 70' Scepovic is well offside as he goes for a far-post header.
    • 69' Ivanovic again clears another cross from the right, this time from Lyon's Reveillere.
    • 68' Menez is penalised for handball deep in the Serbia half.
    • 66' Mijailovic is felled by another ugly foot-up challenge from Mexes, who is doing himself no favours in tonight's audition.
    • 65' Just to update you, Mijailovic and Kolarov are also on for Serbia, replacing Matic and Fejsa.
    • 64' Ivanovic does well to clear Giroud's deep cross from the right.
    • 61' Tadic turns on the edge of the box and shoots after a Jankovic had cut inside from the left, but Lloris does well to block the shot.
    • 60' It means that we do not get to see if Benzema and Giroud can fashion a partnership.
    • 58' Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud, who scored 21 Ligue 1 goals in their title-winning season, is coming on to replace Benzema. Jeremy Menez is also coming on for Ribery, whilst Cabaye is replaced by Sochaux's Marvin Martin. Ivan Radovanovic comes on for Serbia for Mladenovic.
    • 56' The excellent Reveillere back headers a ball back to Lloris.
    • 54' Blanc has left the dugout and gone to talk with M'Vila in the dressing-room.
    • 53' TF1 are reporting that M'Vila is still in changing rooms at the stadium and will undergo a scan on his right ankle later tonight.
    • 52' A cute Nasri chip from the right is headed clear by Ivanovic.
    • 51' As good as France are, it is worth putting this into context. Milos Krasic, Zdravko Kuzmanovic, Nenad Milijas, Milan Jovanovic, Miralem Sulejmani, Adem Ljajic and Nikola Zigic are all missing for Serbia.
    • 49' Ivanovic fails to get a proper header on Nasri's corner, but Koscielny on the turn shoots well over from 12 yards out.
    • 48' Mexes is penalised for a high boot on Jankovic, and Ivanovic's fierce free-kick is tipped over by Lloris.
    • 47' Tadic find space down the right channel, but Diarra comes across to clear.
    • 46' Ninkov's deep cross from the right is easily cleared.
    • 46' Serbia kick off the second half.
    • 45' Half-time, and what a performance from France as they go in 2-0 up. Two fine goals from Franck Ribery and Florent Malouda and the only low point for Les Bleus is the njury to Yann M'Vila.
    • 44' Malouda pops up in his own area to prevent Dusan Tadic from crossing, then Scepovic is deemed offside down the left.
    • 43' Cabaye concedes a foul 30 yards from goal, but Jankovic's optimistic effort sails well wide to the right of Lloris' goal.
    • 42' Mexes clears from Jankovic on a rare Serbia foray.
    • 40' Brkic then brilliantly denies Malouda in front of goal from Nasri's follow-up cross from the left.
    • 39' Ivanovic clears after Benzema fails to backheel into goal a Ribery pass after a one-two.
    • 38' Clichy finds space down the left, but his pass back to Malouda was underhit and Serbia clear.
    • 37' France's possession rate is 68-32. The stats do not lie, as they have been that dominant.
    • 36' If M'Vila is a doubt for the Euros after his injury, his replacement, Diarra, will fit right in on the basis of tonight's performance.
    • 35' Cabaye has an effort from 25 yards out that clips Ivanovic and goes for a corner.
    • 34' Nikola Maksimovic blocks a Malouda effort on the edge of the box, but the impressive Diarra wins the ball back and France begin again.
    • 33' Mladenovic tumbles to earth in the area under a tackle from first Diarra then Mexes, but there is no foul.
    • 32' Clichy shoots well over from the left 30 yards out after Benzema is initially unable to get off an effort on goal.
    • 30' Mladenovic crowds out Ribery after a Nasri corner is cleared to him on the edge of the box, but the Bayern winger's initial control of the ball was superb.
    • 29' The trumpeter in the Reims crowd has launched into a rendition of 'Eye of the Tiger'. But it is Serbia looking Rocky tonight.
    • 28' That is a great backheel for Benzema to set up Ribery down the right this time, but his cross at the second attempt fails to find a blue shirt.
    • 27' Benzema is caught offisde down the left after Ribery delays the pass.
    • 26' The Serbia defence back off Nasri, but his shot from the right chnnel is weak and wide of Brkic's far post.
    • 25' Ninkov tries a hooked left-footed volley after a Mexes clearance, but it dribbles wide of Hugo Lloris' goal.
    • 24' For all of Ribery's brilliance, it is not quite happening for Nasri.
    • 22' This is far from a first-choice Serbia team, but Ribery in particular is pulling them apart. Three Serbia defenders went with him on that last run.
    • 21' Yohan Cabaye has got a knock on the face, but he seems alright after a minute or so.
    • 20' That is another fine move from one flank to the other, but Ivanovic is able to clear Reveillere's cross from the right.
    • 19' Filip Mladenovic shows some good skill on the left hand side of the France box, but the debutant is crowded out.
    • 18' Benzema is beaten to a lovely Nasri flick towards the area, by Serbia goalkeeper Brkic.
    • 15' What a goal by Florent Malouda, a thumping left footed effort from 30 yards to make it 2-0. It is the Chelsea man's ninth international goal, but there was some sloppy play in midfield from Serbia prior to the goal, as Reveillere robbed Bosco Jankovic with ease.
    • 14' Ivanovic clears Nasri's corner with a good header.
    • 13' Karim Benzema is denied by Brkic at the near post, after a lovely flick into the box by Florent Malouda.
    • 11' Franck Ribery makes it 1-0 to France, his second in two games. The Bayern Munich star ran at Ninkov then set up Clichy down the left. The full-back's cross was punched out by Brkic, straight into the path of Ribery who slammed the loose ball into the net despite the best efforts of Slobodan Rajkovic on the line.
    • 10' Mexes covers after Stefan Scepovic finds a bit of space own the left channel.
    • 9' Nasri tries a dinked cross into the Serbia box, which is headed clear.
    • 6' Clichy clears in his own area under pressure from Ninkov, who could have had an earlier foul after a arsh tackle by Mexes.
    • 5' M'Vila is in tears on the bench, and Alou Diarra comes on for his 40th cap.
    • 4' M'Vila is struggling, and collapses to the floor. This is trouble for France and their Euros campaign. Blanc looks worried.
    • 3' Gael Clichy dives in studs showing on Pavle Ninkov, and a foul is awarded despite the Manchester City defender's protests.
    • 2' M'Vila is back on after treatment. Serbia line up with three at the back.
    • 1' Treatment for Yann M'Vila within a minute, after he takes a knock in a tackle.
    • 1' Kick off in Reims, France in their usual blue, Serbia in white.
    • 19:55 Siena's Zeljko Brkic gains his sixth cap in goal, but there are no starting places for Dortmund's Neven Subotic or PSG's Milan Bisevac.
    • 19:43 Former Lazio and Sampdoria defender Sinisa Mihajlovic was appointed the new coach of Serbia on a one-year deal last week and his first match in charge was a 2-0 defeat to Spain in Austria.
    • 19:43 Serbia's squad have just 23 international goals between them, six of those from Branislav Ivanovic.
    • 19:41 FRANCE: Lloris, Reveillere, Koscielny, Mexes, Clichy, Cabaye, M'Vila, Malouda, Nasri, Benzema, Ribery...Subs: To Follow.///SERBIA: Brkic, Ivanovic, Maksimovic, Rajkovic, Ninkov, Fejsa, Matic, Mladenovic, Tadic, Jankovic, Scepovic...Subs: To Follow.
    • 19:37 Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and midfielder Yann M'Vila both feature against Serbia after missing that game, but striker Olivier Giroud remains on the bench despite setting up two goals against Iceland after coming on as a substitute.
    • 19:36 Les Bleus struggled to beat the 131st-ranked Iceland 3-2 on Sunday, coming back from 2-0 down thanks to goals from Mathieu Debuchy, substitute Franck Ribery and Adil Rami.
    • 19:34 Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny comes in at centre-back alongside Philippe Mexes, while Gael Clichy and Anthony Reveillere start in the full-back positions.
    • 19:33 It is France’s second pre-Euro 2012 warm-up match, and manager Laurent Blanc has selected close to his strongest line-up.
    • 19:32 Hello, and welcome to Eurosport’s live coverage as France play host to Serbia in Reims on Thursday.
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  • France

    Manager: Laurent Blanc

  • Serbia

    Manager: Siniša Mihajlovic

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