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France untroubled in Tbilisi

Published: Sunday 3 September 2006, 0.45CET
Georgia 0-3 France Les Bleus warmed up for their 2006 FIFA World Cup final rematch with a solid showing on their travels.
France untroubled in Tbilisi
France took the lead through Florent Malouda ©AFP

Match statistics

GeorgiaFrance

Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target1
 
4
Attempts off target6
 
4
Corners3
 
3
Fouls committed11
 
9
Yellow cards4
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Sunday 3 September 2006, 0.45CET

France untroubled in Tbilisi

Georgia 0-3 France Les Bleus warmed up for their 2006 FIFA World Cup final rematch with a solid showing on their travels.

France warmed up for their FIFA World Cup final rematch on Wednesday with an impressive display against Georgia in Tbilisi.

Good work
Olympique Lyonnais forward Florent Malouda opened the scoring early in the contest and it was not long before Louis Saha found the top corner from distance. Under pressure from Thierry Henry, Malkhaz Asatiani could not stop the ball entering his own net 55 seconds after the interval and a good night's work was complete. It could have been worse for Georgia, who topped Group B before kick-off courtesy of their 6-0 win in the Faroe Islands last month, as visiting captain Patrick Vieira had a goal disallowed.

Ribéry assists
Malouda started the ball rolling with a fine right-footed shot from the edge of the area on seven minutes. Franck Ribéry played a part in the build-up and was also involved when Saha fired in spectacularly from 15 metres. The second came just after Shota Arveladze had headed over the bar for Georgia, and the hosts had another good moment five minutes later, only for Gogita Gogua to miss from 25 metres.

No worries
Defensively, the hosts did not find the game any easier. Levan Kobiashvili, Jaba Kankava and Gogua were all booked trying to halt the France assault, while injured full-back Kakhaber Aladashvili had to be replaced by Ilia Kandelaki seven minutes before the break. France, who included veteran duo Lilian Thuram and Claude Makelele, had no such worries and made the points safe when Willy Sagnol's cross found its way into the net via Asatiani, as Henry came in to score.

Chance for revenge
After such a performance, France will have every confidence when Italy visit the Stade de France on Wednesday. Following a 1-1 draw in Berlin this summer, the Azzurri lifted the World Cup on penalties but Raymond Domenech's men will hope to make home advantage count in Paris. Georgia will bid to get back to winning ways but have another tough encounter as they travel to Kiev to face Ukraine.

Last updated: 04/09/06 10.59CET

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Lineups

Georgia

Georgia

France

France

34
ChanturiaGrigol Chanturia (GK)
23
CoupetGrégory Coupet (GK)
6
AladashviliKakhaber Aladashvili
Substitution37
3
AbidalÉric Abidal
9
IashviliAleksandre Iashvili
Substitution46
4
VieiraPatrick Vieira (C)
10
KobiashviliLevan Kobiashvili (C)
Yellow Card11
5
GallasWilliam Gallas
11
S. ArveladzeShota Arveladze
6
MakeleleClaude Makelele
Substitution57
13
KhizanishviliZurab Khizanishvili
7
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
Goal7
14
GoguaGogita Gogua
Yellow Card53
12
HenryThierry Henry
16
AsatianiMalkhaz Asatiani
Goal47
14
SahaLouis Saha
Goal16
Substitution86
20
MujiriDavid Mujiri
Substitution82
15
ThuramLilian Thuram
22
KankavaJaba Kankava
Yellow Card45
19
SagnolWilly Sagnol
30
DemetradzeGeorgi Demetradze
Yellow Card81
22
RibéryFranck Ribéry
Substitution68

Substitutes

1
LomaiaGeorgi Lomaia (GK)
1
LandreauMickaël Landreau (GK)
5
KvirkveliaDavid Kvirkvelia
Substitution46
8
MavubaRio Mavuba
Substitution57
18
MenteshashviliZurab Menteshashvili
Substitution82
9
GovouSidney Govou
Substitution68
35
KandelakiIlia Kandelaki
Substitution37
11
WiltordSylvain Wiltord
Substitution86
24
IonanidzeZurab Ionanidze
2
BoumsongJean-Alain Boumsong
32
AshvetiaMikheil Ashvetia
13
ClercFrançois Clerc
37
ShashiashviliGiorgi Shashiashvili
17
GivetGaël Givet

Coach

Klaus Toppmöller (GER) Raymond Domenech (FRA)

Referee

Jan W. Wegereef (NED)

Assistant referees

Wijnand Rutgers (NED), Jantinus Meints (NED)

Fourth official

Björn Kuipers (NED)

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