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More worries for France in Sarajevo

Published: Sunday 5 September 2010
As if losing 1-0 at home to Belarus in their opening qualifier was not enough, France visit Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday without forwards Guillaume Hoarau, Loïc Rémy and Louis Saha.
More worries for France in Sarajevo
Loïc Rémy is helped off the pitch on Friday ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 5 September 2010

More worries for France in Sarajevo

As if losing 1-0 at home to Belarus in their opening qualifier was not enough, France visit Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday without forwards Guillaume Hoarau, Loïc Rémy and Louis Saha.

Bosnia and Herzegovina's first home fixture in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group D brings them up against a France side they have yet to overcome following two previous meetings.

Team news
• Bosnia and Herzegovina won 3-0 in Luxembourg on Friday with Mensur Mujdža making his debut. Coach Safet Sušić said: "My players completed the task, scored early goals and started qualification with a win. France are coming to us as wounded lions. My players will also try to cause a surprise."

Bosnia and Herzegovina squad
Goalkeepers: Kenan Hasagić (İstanbul BB SK), Asmir Begović (Stoke City FC), Ibrahim Šehić (FK Željezničar)
Defenders: Emir Spahić (Montpellier Hérault SC), Mensur Mujdža (SC Freiburg), Ognjen Vranješ (FC Sheriff), Safet Nadarević (Eskişehirspor), Boris Pandža (KV Mechelen), Sanel Jahić (AEK Athens FC), Adnan Mravac (KVC Westerlo), Gordan Bunoza (Wisła Kraków)
Midfielders: Elvir Rahimić (PFC CSKA Moskva), Miralem Pjanić (Olympique Lyonnais), Zvjezdan Misimović (Galatasaray AŞ), Haris Medunjanin (Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC), Senad Lulić (BSC Young Boys), Senijad Ibričić (HNK Hajduk Split), Semir Štilić (KKS Lech Poznań)
Forwards: Edin Džeko (VfL Wolfsburg), Vedad Ibišević (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim), Zlatan Muslimović (PAOK FC), Ermin Zec (Gençlerbirliği SK)

• France strikers Guillaume Hoarau, Loïc Rémy and Louis Saha have withdrawn, meaning a call for Olympique Lyonnais forward Jimmy Briand. Les Bleus lost their fourth game in a row on Friday as they were defeated 1-0 at home by Belarus and on top of that Rémy went off with a groin injury, Saha lasted only 11 minutes due to calf pain and Hoarau, who ended the game, is "unfit" to go to Sarajevo accoring to the French Football Federation website. Karim Benzema, out of Friday with an ankle injury, is available.

France squad
Hugo Lloris (Olympique Lyonnais), Steve Mandanda (Olympique de Marseille), Cédric Carrasso (FC Girondins de Bordeaux)
Bacary Sagna (Arsenal FC), Adil Rami (LOSC Lille Métropole), Philippe Mexès (AS Roma), Mamadou Sakho (Paris-Saint-Germain FC), Benoît Trémoulinas (FC Girondins de Bordeaux), Gaël Clichy (Arsenal FC), Anthony Réveillère (Olympique Lyonnais)
Mathieu Valbuena (Olympique de Marseille), Jérémy Ménez (AS Roma), Alou Diarra (FC Girondins de Bordeaux), Yann M'Vila (Stade Rennais FC), Abou Diaby (Arsenal FC), Florent Malouda (Chelsea FC), Blaise Matuidi (AS Saint-Etienne)
Kévin Gameiro (FC Lorient), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid CF), Jimmy Briand (Olympique Lyonnais)

Match background
• Bosnia and Herzegovina's record against France in those two games reads W0 D1 L1 (W0 D0 L1 at home).

• Both those matches were friendlies, the first ending 1-1 at the Stade de la Route de Lorient in Rennes on 18 August 2004 in what was Raymond Domenech's first match as France coach. His team got off to the best of starts through Péguy Luyindula after only seven minutes before the visitors equalised thanks to Ivica Grlić's 37th-minute riposte.

• Two years later, and just over a month after France’s loss to Italy in the 2006 FIFA World Cup final, the two teams met again at Sarajevo's Asim Ferhatović-Hase stadium. This time, Les Bleus ran out 2-1 winners courtesy of a Julien Faubert strike in the first minute of added time, Sergej Barbarez having earlier put the hosts ahead only for William Gallas to reply close to the interval.

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