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Published: Saturday 6 October 2001, 23.14CET
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Published: Saturday 6 October 2001, 23.14CET

France friendly abandoned

France's first ever meeting with Algeria was abandoned after a pitch invasion at the Stade de France.

France's first ever meeting with Algeria was abandoned late into the second half after a pitch invasion at the Stade de France in Paris.

Algeria supporters
With 17 minutes of Saturday's match remaining and France leading 4-1, hundreds of Algeria supporters ran on to the pitch from behind a goal. Riot police were quickly deployed and the playing surface was eventually cleared as the invaders were shepherded back into the stands.

Debris thrown at police
However, a small pocket of Algerian supporters continued to throw items including seats at the police.

It wrecked a good night on the pitch for Roger Lemerre's team against the nation who gained independence from France in 1962. The Stade de France was sold out, and after the terrorist attacks on the United States the tie took a further significance with both teams hailed as 'peace messengers' in a presentation just before kick-off.

Candela strike
France opened the scoring in the 19th minute when full-back Vincent Candela took on a pass from Robert Pires and netted his second international goal.

Barthez save
Algeria sought a swift reply and Fabien Barthez saved a spectacular header from their captain Abdelhafid Tasfaout in the 28th minute. But four minutes later Emmanuel Petit rubbed salt into their rivals' wounds with a second goal.

Henry involved
The Chelsea FC midfielder shot past Hichem Mezair following a cross from Henry, and Henry himself added the third goal five minutes before half-time after neat interplay with David Trezeguet.

Reduced the deficit
Algerian striker Djamel Belmadi, who plays at Olympique de Marseille, pounced on the stroke of half-time to reduce the deficit but France added a fourth goal in the 54th minute when Pires turned in the rebound after Mezair had charged down a Trezeguet shot.

'Algeria is our friend'
FFF president Claude Simonet stressed afterwards: "I will not cut our links with Algeria. Algeria must be a friend of France."


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