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Points keep France in play-off picture

Published: Friday 5 September 2008, 20.18CET
France 5-0 Malta
Les Bleuets' play-off hopes stayed alive after they claimed a comfortable victory against Group 10's bottom team despite going down to ten men.
Points keep France in play-off picture
Frédéric Nimani scored two late goals ©Sportsfile
Published: Friday 5 September 2008, 20.18CET

Points keep France in play-off picture

France 5-0 Malta
Les Bleuets' play-off hopes stayed alive after they claimed a comfortable victory against Group 10's bottom team despite going down to ten men.

France's play-off hopes remained alive thanks to a comfortable victory against Group 10's bottom side Malta.

Man down
A strong first-half display laid the platform for the three points in Boulogne-sur-Mer as goals from Loïc Remy, Yoan Gouffran – who was dismissed moments later – and Yohan Cabaye gave Erick Mombaerts' team a three-goal lead by half-time. Despite their numerical disadvantage, France added two more in the second half through substitute Frédéric Nimani.

Early goal
France visit Bosnia-Herzegovina in their final qualifier on Tuesday, a game they must win to stay in contention for a play-off berth along with Wales and Romania. Here they got the perfect start five minutes in. Malta goalkeeper Luke Woods could only parry Blaise Matuidi's strike and OGC Nice forward Rémy dispatched the rebound. It was one-way traffic and France soon had their second when FC Girondins de Bordeaux's Gouffran volleyed in a cross from Anthony Mounier.

Nimani double
Two minutes later, however, Gouffran was shown a straight red card for kicking visiting captain Clayton Failla. Yet despite the setback, the 1988 European champions continued to attack. Seven minutes before the interval, LOSC Lille Métropole midfielder Cabaye extended the lead, which was further enhanced in the last 20 minutes when Nimani of AS Monaco FC netted twice at the far post following crosses by Elliot Grandin and Romain Danzé.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.29CET

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Lineups

France

France

Malta

Malta

1
RuffierStéphane Ruffier (GK)
1
WoodsLuke Woods (GK)
3
N'ZogbiaCharles N'Zogbia
2
BorgSteve Borg
4
KaboulYounès Kaboul
3
BezzinaSteve Bezzina
5
BellaidHabib Bellaid
4
CaruanaJonathan Caruana
Yellow Card45
Substitution87
6
CabayeYohan Cabaye (C)
Goal39
5
T. FarrugiaTyron Farrugia
8
MatuidiBlaise Matuidi
Substitution79
6
FaillaClayton Failla (C)
9
RémyLoïc Rémy
Goal6
Substitution63
7
BartoloMatthew Bartolo
Substitution46
10
GouffranYoan Gouffran
Goal31
Red Card32
8
E. AgiusEdmond Agius
Substitution56
2
DanzéRomain Danzé
9
Ian ZammitIan Zammit
Yellow Card90
7
GrandinElliot Grandin
10
FalzonDyson Falzon
11
MounierAnthony Mounier
Substitution68
11
HerreraEdward Herrera

Substitutes

16
RiouRémy Riou (GK)
12
BonelloHenry Bonello (GK)
13
CoutadeurMathieu Coutadeur
14
R. CamilleriRyan Camilleri
Substitution56
12
DembeleBira Dembele
15
BuhagiarAngus Buhagiar
Substitution87
14
GameiroKevin Gameiro
Substitution68
17
PisaniDuncan Pisani
15
NimaniFrédéric Nimani
Substitution63
Goal70
Goal86
18
MeilakStephen Meilak
17
FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
16
ChircopWarren Chircop
Substitution46
18
PlessisDamien Plessis
Substitution79
13
ZerafaJoseph Zerafa

Coach

Erick Mombaerts (FRA) Mark Miller (ENG)

Referee

Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)

Assistant referees

Viachaslau Bykov (BLR), Stanislav Savitski (BLR)

Fourth official

Valeri Velichko (BLR)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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