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Sagnol's slick France overwhelm Kazakhstan

Published: Friday 6 September 2013, 8.34CET
France 5-0 Kazakhstan
Willy Sagnol said "the players made it look easy" as three goals in the opening 17 minutes set France on course for an emphatic Group 10 win.
by Aleksei Losev
from Stade Michel-d'Ornano
Sagnol's slick France overwhelm Kazakhstan
Jordan Ferri (R) celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Kazakhstan ©AFP/Getty Images

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Published: Friday 6 September 2013, 8.34CET

Sagnol's slick France overwhelm Kazakhstan

France 5-0 Kazakhstan
Willy Sagnol said "the players made it look easy" as three goals in the opening 17 minutes set France on course for an emphatic Group 10 win.

Willy Sagnol said "the players made it look easy" as three goals in the opening 17 minutes set France on course for an emphatic 5-0 victory over Kazakhstan in their 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign.

"The analysis is mostly positive," concluded Sagnol after the first competitive match since his June appointment. "We've entered into the qualifying round, scoring five goals. The quality of our opposition hasn't really allowed us to see just how far we can go but this team is now starting to play as we want them to."

The former right-back will have been particularly impressed by the start in Caen, when the hosts started in style. Jordan Ferri broke the deadlock on ten minutes, rounding off a well-worked goal from the right with a low shot from the edge of the box, and Paul-Georges Ntep De Madiba's strike to make it 2-0 three minutes later came in almost identical fashion. Soon it was three, Anthony Martial firing in from close range after a low free-kick somehow made its way to him at the far post.

France continued to dominate, their pressing game not allowing Kazakhstan to muster a single shot on target all night. The visitors were culpable for goals four and five at the other end, however. Just before the hour mark keeper Stas Pokatilov's failure to meet a free-kick was eventually punished by substitute Loïck Landre; three minutes later a poor defensive clearance was deflected straight to Yassine Benzia, who lashed in from the edge of the box.

Pokatilov made amends by denying Martial in a one-on-one but the damage had long been done and France will travel to Belarus on Monday in high spirits. Kazakhstan will aim to get back 24 hours later away to Group 10 leaders Iceland.

Last updated: 05/06/15 10.09CET

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Lineups

France

France

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

1
BoucherZacharie Boucher (GK)
1
PokatilovStas Pokatilov (GK)
2
FoulquierDimitri Foulquier
2
GrekMaksim Grek
Yellow Card60
4
ZoumaKurt Zouma
Substitution45
3
SariyevSayat Sariyev
Substitution90
5
UmtitiSamuel Umtiti (C)
4
KozhabayevBakdaulet Kozhabayev (C)
Yellow Card75
7
FerriJordan Ferri
Goal10
Yellow Card86
5
PassichnikKirill Passichnik
9
SanogoYaya Sanogo
Substitution67
6
SartakovGrirori Sartakov
12
DigneLucas Digne
7
KalininIlya Kalinin
17
VeretoutJordan Veretout
8
MurtazayevRoman Murtazayev
18
BenziaYassine Benzia
Goal60
Substitution74
9
KuatIslambek Kuat
Substitution45
19
MartialAnthony Martial
Goal17
10
AyaganovAlibek Ayaganov
Substitution42
20
NtepPaul-Georges Ntep
Goal13
11
BeysebekovAbzal Beysebekov

Substitutes

16
AréolaAlphonse Aréola (GK)
18
TkachukSergei Tkachuk (GK)
6
DaboBryan Dabo
12
PikalkinIgor Pikalkin
Substitution42
11
BahebeckJean-Christophe Bahebeck
Substitution74
13
MiroshnichenkoDmitri Miroshnichenko
Substitution90
13
EyssericValentin Eysseric
14
BauyrzhanSherkhan Bauyrzhan
14
BahlouliFares Bahlouli
Substitution67
15
BegalynKuanish Begalyn
15
SidibéDjibril Sidibé
16
AllayarovElvin Allayarov
22
LandreLoïck Landre
Substitution45
Goal57
17
IslamkhanBauyrzhan Islamkhan
Substitution45

Coach

Willy Sagnol (FRA) Sergei Borovski (BLR)

Referee

Sergejus Slyva (LTU)

Assistant referees

Vytautas Šimkus (LTU), Aleksandr Radius (LTU)

Fourth official

Donatas Rumšas (LTU)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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