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Zidane waves goodbye on a high

Published: Saturday 27 May 2006, 21.25CET
France 1-0 Mexico Zinédine Zidane won his 100th international cap as his final appearance at the Stade de France ended in victory.
by Matthew Spiro

Published: Saturday 27 May 2006, 21.25CET

Zidane waves goodbye on a high

France 1-0 Mexico Zinédine Zidane won his 100th international cap as his final appearance at the Stade de France ended in victory.

France 1-0 Mexico
A goal from Olympique Lyonnais winger Florent Malouda ensured that France got their FIFA World Cup preparations off to a winning start against Mexico in Paris.

Zidane century
Les Bleus captain Zinédine Zidane claimed his 100th cap in his final appearance at the Stade de France, the scene of his match-winning performance in the 1998 World Cup final, but it was Malouda who brought to the home fans to their feet in first-half added time. As an even opening period neared its conclusion, Malouda controlled Djibril Cissé's cross and unleashed a ferocious left-footed shot into the net off the underside of the crossbar.

Ribéry debut
Mexico, who are also bound for Germany, failed to overly trouble the France defence, their best chance falling to FC Barcelona defender Rafael Márquez who headed Pavel Pardo's free-kick over the crossbar on 35 minutes. David Trezeguet tested Oswaldo Sánchez with a downhead header as France finished the game strongly, and the Mexico goalkeeper had to be alert again when Cissé latched on to a cross from debutant Franck Ribéry and struck a powerful drive.

Danish date
France will now travel north to Lens for their next friendly against Denmark at Stade Félix-Bollaert on Wednesday, while Mexico take on the Netherlands on Thursday.

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