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France hit top gear

Published: Friday 9 October 2009, 18.45CET
Malta 0-2 France
Karim Ait Fana scored with his first touch on his Under-21 debut as France won in Malta to go top of Group 8 on goal difference.
by Christian Châtelet
France hit top gear
France celebrate scoring against Malta ©Domenic Aquilina
Published: Friday 9 October 2009, 18.45CET

France hit top gear

Malta 0-2 France
Karim Ait Fana scored with his first touch on his Under-21 debut as France won in Malta to go top of Group 8 on goal difference.

Second-half goals from Anthony Modeste and Karim Ait Fana fired France to the top of UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 8 with a 2-0 victory in Malta.

French confidence
The result will give France a boost ahead of Tuesday's showdown in Mouscron against Belgium, who they replaced at the summit on goal difference with both sides on seven points from four games. With Malta yet to score in the section, Bleuets coach Erick Mombaerts fielded an attacking side and awarded first caps to Franck Tabanou and Jonathan Biabiany. David N'Gog, Modeste and Djamel Bakar were also let off the leash in attack, but even so it took 38 minutes for France to force Malta goalkeeper Henry Bonello into his first save, keeping out Modeste after a one-on-one with the striker.

'Like a dream'
The Angers SCO player, on loan from OGC Nice, made amends nine minutes into the second half when he connected with Bakar's corner from the left to volley high into the roof of the net. Malta were still on the back foot when Ait Fana replaced Bakar and crowned his debut at this level with a goal with his first touch, firing in from outside the box following another corner 13 minutes from time. "It's like a dream," the 20-year-old Montpellier Hérault SC striker said. "I wasn't thinking of much when I saw the ball, but I have to say I was lucky as [Tyron Farrugia] deflected it in. It's good for me and for the team."

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Lineups

Malta

Malta

France

France

1
BonelloHenry Bonello (GK)
1
OlimpaKevin Olimpa (GK)
3
ZerafaJoseph Zerafa
2
CorchiaSébastien Corchia
4
BorgSteve Borg
3
TabanouFranck Tabanou
5
R. CamilleriRyan Camilleri
4
CapoueEtienne Capoue
6
T. FarrugiaTyron Farrugia (C)
5
SakhoMamadou Sakho (C)
7
MintoffJohn Mintoff
Yellow Card34
Substitution57
6
M'VilaYann M'Vila
9
ChircopWarren Chircop
Yellow Card62
7
BiabianyJonathan Biabiany
Substitution40
10
G. MuscatGiuseppe Muscat
Substitution80
8
BakarDjamel Bakar
Substitution76
14
PisaniDuncan Pisani
Yellow Card88
9
ModesteAnthony Modeste
Goal54
16
PuloCarl Pulo
Yellow Card50
Substitution62
10
SankharéYounousse Sankharé
Substitution58
18
GribbonGeorge Gribbon
11
NgogDavid Ngog

Substitutes

12
VellaNicholas Vella (GK)
16
PlacideJohnny Placide (GK)
2
BorgAdrian Borg
12
Yanga-MbiwaMapou Yanga-Mbiwa
8
GaleaJulian Galea
Substitution62
13
Kana-BiyikJean-Armel Kana-Biyik
11
VellaTerence Vella
Substitution80
14
N'ZonziSteven N'Zonzi
Substitution58
13
R. MuscatRowen Muscat
Substitution57
15
MartinMarvin Martin
15
BugejaOwen Bugeja
17
Aït-FanaKarim Aït-Fana
Substitution76
Goal77
17
GrimaDylan Grima
18
Kembo-EkokoJires Kembo-Ekoko
Substitution40

Coach

Edwin Camilleri (MLT) Erick Mombaerts (FRA)

Referee

Huw Jones (WAL)

Assistant referees

Philip Bates (WAL), John Swindley (WAL)

Fourth official

Ceri Richards (WAL)

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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