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France flurry flattens Germany

Published: Thursday 25 May 2006, 20.45CET
France 3-0 Germany Unbeaten France took a giant step towards the semi-finals with a commanding display against Germany in Guimaraes.
by Greg Demetriou
from Estádio D. Afonso Henriques

Match statistics

FranceGermany

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
9
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group A FRA / GER / POR / SCG

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
France France22004046
Germany Germany210113-23
Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro21012113
Portugal Portugal200203-30
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:30 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Thursday 25 May 2006, 20.45CET

France flurry flattens Germany

France 3-0 Germany Unbeaten France took a giant step towards the semi-finals with a commanding display against Germany in Guimaraes.

France have taken a giant step towards the semi-finals of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship with a commanding 3-0 victory against Germany in Guimaraes.

Two wins
Florent Sinama-Pongolle, Yohan Gouffran, on his 20th birthday, and captain Antonio Mavuba made it two wins from two for René Girard's men, and moved them three points clear of their opponents after both teams had won their opening Group A matches 1-0. Understandably, given the short rest period, France brought in Francois Clerç, Lassana Diarra and Gouffran for Jérémy Berthod, Yoann Gourcuff and Jimmy Briand, Tuesday's match-winner against Portugal.

Goalscorers out
Germany were also without the scorer of their only goal against Serbia and Montenegro, as a stomach injury forced Eugen Polanski to drop to the bench along with Matthias Lehmann, Roberto Hilbert and Nando Rafael. In came Patrick Ochs, Sascha Riether, Peter Niemeyer and Alexander Meier. Despite those changes, Dieter Eilts's side were soon in their stride, Stefan Kiessling linking up superbly with Ochs before firing wide in the fourth minute.

Faubert bright
Aside from occasional flashes of dazzling close control from Julien Faubert, France were pegged back early on. Kiessling surged forward from midfield in the 20th minute but was fouled just as he threatened. Meier took the free-kick and drew a save from Steve Mandanda. A left-foot Christian Schulz drive was met with the same result.

Deadlock broken
It was the 35th minute before France had their first serious attempt. Sinama-Pongolle fed Gouffran who held off his marker before firing low at Michael Rensing. Kiessling remained a worry but the French were edging possession and finally broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time when Malik Fathi felled Gouffran. Sinama-Pongolle stepped up and struck the free-kick beyond Rensing, perhaps with the aid of a slight deflection.

Full control
Having impressed in the first half, Kiessling fell victim to some sturdy challenges. The temperature was rising on and off the pitch - with the mercury touching the 30-degree mark according to the scoreboard in Guimaraes - and it intensified as Gouffran curled the ball into the net after Gourcuff, on for Jérémy Toulalan, had caused problems in the area with a free-kick.

Captain's clincher
Then, three minutes later, the goal of the match. Mavuba broke clear from the halfway line, dropped his shoulder and left two Germany defenders trailing before scoring with ease by slotting the ball under Rensing. France conclude their Group A campaign against Serbia and Montenegro in Braga on Sunday, while Germany will return to this stadium and hope for better fortune against the hosts.

Carlsberg Man of the Match: Antonio Mavuba

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.45CET

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Lineups

France

France

Germany

Germany

16
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK)
1
RensingMichael Rensing (GK)
5
BourillonGrégory Bourillon
2
VolzMoritz Volz
6
ClercFrançois Clerc
3
FathiMalik Fathi
8
FatyJacques Faty
Yellow Card62
Substitution64
4
MatipMarvin Matip
9
SagnaBacary Sagna
6
SchulzChristian Schulz
10
L. DiarraLassana Diarra
9
KiesslingStefan Kiessling
Substitution78
11
FaubertJulien Faubert
15
MeierAlexander Meier
14
MavubaRio Mavuba (C)
Goal78
17
OchsPatrick Ochs
Substitution71
15
ToulalanJérémy Toulalan
Substitution46
18
NiemeyerPeter Niemeyer
Substitution64
19
GouffranYoan Gouffran
Goal72
20
SinkiewiczLukas Sinkiewicz
21
Sinama PongolleFlorent Sinama Pongolle
Goal45
Substitution62
22
RietherSascha Riether (C)

Substitutes

1
GavanonJérémy Gavanon (GK)
12
PlatinsPatrick Platins (GK)
22
PouplinSimon Pouplin (GK)
21
FromlowitzFlorian Fromlowitz (GK)
3
BadianeJean-Michel Badiane
Substitution64
11
RafaelNando Rafael
Substitution71
13
GourcuffYoann Gourcuff
Substitution46
13
HelmesPatrick Helmes
Substitution78
18
BriandJimmy Briand
Substitution62
14
CastroGonzalo Castro
Substitution64
Yellow Card68
2
AubeyLucien Aubey
5
BrzenskaMarkus Brzenska
4
BerthodJérémy Berthod
7
MasmanidisIoannis Masmanidis
7
VeigneauOlivier Veigneau
8
LehmannMatthias Lehmann
12
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
10
EiglerChristian Eigler
17
BergougnouxBryan Bergougnoux
16
HilbertRoberto Hilbert
20
Le TallecAnthony Le Tallec
19
PolanskiEugen Polanski

Coach

René Girard (FRA) Dieter Eilts (GER)

Referee

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

Assistant referees

Fermin Martinez Ibanez (ESP), Roger East (ENG)

Fourth official

Alon Yefet (ISR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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