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Nasri keeps France out in front

Published: Thursday 7 June 2007, 0.58CET
France 1-0 Georgia Playmaker Samir Nasri's first-half goal secured a narrow win that kept Les Bleus two points clear at the Group B summit.
Nasri keeps France out in front
Samir Nasri celebrates scoring France's winner ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FranceGeorgia

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
0
Attempts off target1
 
1
Corners7
 
1
Fouls committed7
 
8
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Thursday 7 June 2007, 0.58CET

Nasri keeps France out in front

France 1-0 Georgia Playmaker Samir Nasri's first-half goal secured a narrow win that kept Les Bleus two points clear at the Group B summit.

A first-half strike from Samir Nasri earned a narrow win against Georgia that kept France two points clear at the top of UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group B.

Narrow margin
The Olympique de Marseille forward scored the only goal at the Stade Abbé-Deschamps in the 33rd minute, turning in Franck Ribéry's low right-wing cross to open his account for Les Bleus on his third appearance. Raymond Domenech's side controlled the majority of the game against opponents they had beaten 3-0 away in their first qualifier, but they struggled to break down a disciplined Georgia defence and ultimately had to settle for a slender victory.

Nasri delivers
France quickly pushed the visitors back into their defensive third, yet despite their territorial supremacy they had failed to create many clear opportunities by the time they took the lead. The lively Ribéry was the architect, escaping down the right and sending in a low delivery that was deflected for Nasri to turn in. Florent Malouda then glanced a header centimetres past the post shortly before half-time and nearly set up a goal in the opening seconds of the second period, William Gallas flicking his free-kick into the path of François Clerc only for the right-back to somehow steer his shot wide.

Cissé return
The hosts laboured to replicate their first-half dominance, however, leading to the introduction of Djibril Cissé just past the hour. Although the former AJ Auxerre striker's first contribution was to block Nicolas Anelka's goalbound shot, he came close to doubling France's advantage when he raced on to a through-ball and skipped past Georgi Lomaia but, with the angle against him, his effort drifted wide. Cissé also drew a fine save from the Georgia keeper with a low drive but France had already done enough for the win. Both countries are next in action on 8 September, when Les Bleus travel to second-placed Italy and Georgia take on Ukraine.

Last updated: 07/06/07 10.50CET

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Lineups

France

France

Georgia

Georgia

3
AbidalÉric Abidal
1
LomaiaGeorgi Lomaia (GK)
13
ClercFrançois Clerc
3
KhizaneishviliOtar Khizaneishvili
5
GallasWilliam Gallas
4
KaladzeKakha Kaladze (C)
1
LandreauMickaël Landreau (GK)
13
KhizanishviliZurab Khizanishvili
Yellow Card25
6
MakeleleClaude Makelele
17
GhvinianidzeMate Ghvinianidze
7
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
Substitution65
23
SalukvadzeLasha Salukvadze
Substitution12
11
NasriSamir Nasri
Goal33
25
EliavaZaal Eliava
Substitution62
22
RibéryFranck Ribéry
Substitution90+4
5
KvirkveliaDavid Kvirkvelia
15
ThuramLilian Thuram (C)
22
KankavaJaba Kankava
Yellow Card53
Substitution89
8
ToulalanJérémy Toulalan
41
BurduliVladimer Burduli
39
AnelkaNicolas Anelka
Substitution90+3
9
IashviliAleksandre Iashvili

Substitutes

20
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Substitution90+3
34
ChanturiaGrigol Chanturia (GK)
9
CisséDjibril Cissé
Substitution65
20
MujiriDavid Mujiri
Substitution12
4
A. DiarraAlou Diarra
21
MartsvaladzeOtar Martsvaladze
Substitution62
16
FreySébastien Frey (GK)
37
ShashiashviliGiorgi Shashiashvili
Substitution89
10
GovouSidney Govou
Substitution90+4
46
OnianiGiorgi Oniani
12
SagnaBacary Sagna
21
EscudéJulien Escudé

Coach

Raymond Domenech (FRA) Klaus Toppmöller (GER)

Referee

Lucilio Cardoso Cortez Batista (POR)

Assistant referees

Jose Cardinal (POR), João Santos (POR)

Fourth official

João Ferreira (POR)

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