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Gignac back with a bang as France beat Armenia

Published: Tuesday 14 October 2014, 21.45CET
Armenia 0-3 France
André-Pierre Gignac set up one for Loïc Rémy and scored another from the spot as Didier Deschamps's experimental side eased to victory.
by Arusyak Chakhoyan
from Yerevan Republican Stadium after Vazgen Sargsyan
Gignac back with a bang as France beat Armenia
Loïc Rémy after breaking the deadlock for France ©AFP
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Published: Tuesday 14 October 2014, 21.45CET

Gignac back with a bang as France beat Armenia

Armenia 0-3 France
André-Pierre Gignac set up one for Loïc Rémy and scored another from the spot as Didier Deschamps's experimental side eased to victory.

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André-Pierre Gignac continued his fine start to the season with his first international goal in five years as France eased to a 3-0 friendly victory over Armenia.

The Olympique de Marseille forward, returning to the fold for the first time since the 2010 FIFA World Cup, converted from the spot as the visitors made light work of their opponents in Yerevan. It doubled a lead given to them by Loïc Rémy's early goal, and substitute Antoine Griezmann completed the scoring late on.

Gignac took the headlines, though, after showing some of the form that has brought him nine Ligue 1 goals already for Marseille this term. It was his pass that Rémy tucked in after a seventh-minute counterattack by Didier Deschamps's experimental side, and while he was denied by Roman Berezovski before the interval, there was no stopping him when Paul Pogba was brought down after the restart.

France kept pushing for a third, Rémy and Pogba going close before Griezmann sprang the offside trap seven minutes from time to seal a 3-0 win.

REACTION
Didier Deschamps, France coach
I liked the Armenia team – they can do much better but obviously hadn't recovered after the match against Serbia. We had some problems during the first half. I didn't say anything special to my players during the break; they just started to do what they needed. We won because our players played with motivation and enthusiasm.

Bernard Challandes, Armenia coach
This was a very difficult match for us. I wasn't surprised by the result, but I am proud of my players because they turned out after a very difficult game with Serbia three days ago. I don't have the luxury of a lot of players to choose from, like Didier Deschamps does, but we have a chance to go to France [in 2016] and, I tell you, every team should take us seriously.

Last updated: 19/11/14 12.55CET

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Lineups

Armenia

Armenia

France

France

1
BerezovskiRoman Berezovski (GK) (C)
Substitution61
16
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK)
3
HaroyanVarazdat Haroyan
2
JalletChristophe Jallet
Yellow Card79
5
ArzumanyanRobert Arzumanyan
4
VaraneRaphaël Varane
4
M. VoskanyanMasis Voskanyan
Yellow Card27
5
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
13
K. HovhannisyanKamo Hovhannisyan
17
DigneLucas Digne
6
MkrtchyanKarlen Mkrtchyan
Substitution90
14
MatuidiBlaise Matuidi (C)
Substitution46
7
Artur EdigaryanArtur Edigaryan
Substitution58
22
SchneiderlinMorgan Schneiderlin
20
HayrapetyanLevon Hayrapetyan
18
SissokoMoussa Sissoko
Yellow Card4
Substitution60
23
SimonyanArtem Simonyan
Substitution69
12
PayetDimitri Payet
Substitution60
11
SarkisovArtur Sarkisov
Substitution65
20
RémyLoïc Rémy
Goal7
Substitution73
8
PizzelliMarcos Pizzelli
Substitution82
9
GignacAndré-Pierre Gignac
Goal55
Substitution87

Substitutes

12
KasparovGevorg Kasparov (GK)
Substitution61
10
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Substitution87
16
Aslanyan   Norair Aslanyan
Substitution90
11
GriezmannAntoine Griezmann
Substitution60
Goal84
21
DashyanArtak Dashyan
Substitution58
Yellow Card64
19
PogbaPaul Pogba
Substitution46
15
KarapetyanAleksandre Karapetyan
Substitution82
7
CabellaRémy Cabella
Substitution60
19
HambartsumyanHovhannes Hambartsumyan
Substitution65
8
ValbuenaMathieu Valbuena
Substitution73
9
HovsepyanRumyan Hovsepyan
Substitution69
1
LlorisHugo Lloris (GK)
2
AlexAlex
3
EvraPatrice Evra
10
T. VoskanyanTaron Voskanyan
6
CabayeYohan Cabaye
14
BeglaryanArsen Beglaryan (GK)
13
MangalaEliaquim Mangala
17
BadoyanZaven Badoyan
15
SagnaBacary Sagna
18
MiranyanArtur Miranyan
21
Yanga-MbiwaMapou Yanga-Mbiwa
23
CostilBenoît Costil (GK)

Coach

Bernard Challandes (SUI) Didier Deschamps (FRA)

Referee

István Kovács (ROU)

Assistant referees

Miklos Istvan Nagy (ROU), Aurel Oniţă (ROU)

Fourth official

Vladimir Urzică (ROU)

Additional assistant referees

Radu Petrescu (ROU), Robert Dumitru (ROU)

Legend:

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