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France strike early to subdue Serbia

Published: Thursday 31 May 2012, 23.14CET
France 2-0 Serbia
Franck Ribéry and Florent Malouda were on target in the first half in Reims to extend France's unbeaten run to 20 matches.
France strike early to subdue Serbia
Franck Ribéry rejoices after scoring against Serbia ©AFP

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Published: Thursday 31 May 2012, 23.14CET

France strike early to subdue Serbia

France 2-0 Serbia
Franck Ribéry and Florent Malouda were on target in the first half in Reims to extend France's unbeaten run to 20 matches.

France continued to grow in confidence ahead of UEFA EURO 2012 as early goals from Franck Ribéry and Florent Malouda earned a third consecutive win in 2012.

Eleven days from their Group D opener against England in Donetsk, Laurent Blanc made seven changes to the team that struggled to beat Iceland on Sunday. The alterations proved successful as Ribéry opened the scoring in the 11th minute and by the quarter of an hour it was two as Malouda scored from distance.

France's positive outlook was tempered moments into the game when Yann M'Vila limped out of the contest with a twisted right ankle – the midfielder's tears on the bench did not augur well for his finals aspirations. The Stade Rennais FC anchorman's team-mates, however, continued about their business.

Gaël Clichy and Ribéry, neither of whom started against Iceland, made the first goal from the left. The FC Bayern München winger fed the Manchester City FC full-back, whose cross was parried by Željko Brkić into Ribéry's path and Slobodan Rajković's challenge could only deflect the ball into the roof of the net.

Siniša Mihajlović's side had no time to recover before Malouda benefited from Anthony Réveillère's tenacity to win the ball back, doubling France's advantage from distance by finding the top corner of Brkić's goal. The pace dropped in the second half with 45 minutes of few chances and a flurry of substitutions.

France will now set their sights on their third and final preparation match in Le Mans on 5 June against Estonia – a side Group D rivals Ukraine defeated 4-0 three days ago. "We're not ready yet," said Blanc. "The last 15 minutes were physically tough. The England game is still far away."

 
Last updated: 03/12/12 23.52CET

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Lineups

France

France

Serbia

Serbia

1
LlorisHugo Lloris (GK)
1
BrkićŽeljko Brkić (GK)
2
RéveillèreAnthony Réveillère
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
3
KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
3
MaksimovićNikola Maksimović
4
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
Yellow Card67
Substitution72
4
RajkovićSlobodan Rajković
5
ClichyGaël Clichy
5
NinkovPavle Ninkov
6
CabayeYohan Cabaye
Substitution60
6
FejsaLjubomir Fejsa
Substitution60
7
M'VilaYann M'Vila
Substitution7
7
MatićNemanja Matić
Substitution60
8
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
Goal16
Substitution76
8
MladenovićFilip Mladenović
Substitution60
9
NasriSamir Nasri
9
TadićDušan Tadić
Substitution80
10
RibéryFranck Ribéry
Goal11
Substitution61
10
JankovićBoško Janković
Substitution76
11
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Substitution61
11
S. ŠćepovićStefan Šćepović

Substitutes

12
A. DiarraAlou Diarra
Substitution7
12
RadovanovićIvan Radovanović
Substitution60
13
MartinMarvin Martin
Substitution60
13
MijailovićSrdjan Mijailović
Substitution60
14
GiroudOlivier Giroud
Substitution61
14
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
Substitution60
15
MénezJérémy Ménez
Substitution61
15
LazovićDarko Lazović
Substitution76
16
RamiAdil Rami
Substitution72
16
TomićNemanja Tomić
Substitution80
17
Ben ArfaHatem Ben Arfa
Substitution76

Coach

Laurent Blanc (FRA) Siniša Mihajlović (SRB)

Referee

Knut Kircher (GER)

Assistant referees

Detlef Scheppe (GER), Markus Sinn (GER)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
 
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