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In this friendly match before the European Championship, the French team defeated Bulgaria 3 goals to 0 on Wednesday. A match marked by the exit from injury of Karim Benzema and a brace for Olivier Giroud.
A victory but worry. Seven days away from launching Euro-2021 Against Germany, the French team defeated Bulgaria on Tuesday evening June 8 in Saint-Denis (3-0), thanks to a brace from Olivier Giroud.
Exit on injury from Karim Benzema still obscures ahead of Euro-2021. Barely recovering from a five-year-and-seven-month sideline, the Madrid striker had to leave the Stade de France pitch after 39 minutes, with a hit above the right knee.
“It’s a crutch”, quickly reassured the coach Didier Deschamps, explaining on M6 that his striker had “taken a good hit on the muscle above the knee” and that there was “no risk to take “. Captain Hugo Lloris said he “ran into him in the locker room” and, according to the Niçois “it doesn’t look too bad, we hope so”.
More generally, the evening reminded Les Bleus that they were not immune to anything. Because for almost two weeks of a joyful preparation at Clairefontaine (Yvelines), the Tricolores seemed impervious to any disappointment, between an ultra-favored status assumed without overconfidence, promising training, a successful first match against the Welsh (3-0) Wednesday and a smooth reinstatement of Benzema.
It would be to forget that in these times of pandemic, the sky above the two-star selection can quickly become ominous.
Menacingly, Bulgaria was not, it, in a Stade de France which exceptionally welcomed 5,000 spectators. The Blues set the tone from the start of the match and moved into the opposing camp. At the half-hour mark, Griezmann opened the scoring thanks to a splendid acrobatic return (29th). Previously, the Blues had never stopped combining, and the association between Benzema and Kylian Mbappé had continued to bring great promises, despite some awkwardness from the Madrilenian.
“We could have scored more goals but we stick with two good performances. Now it’s the competition and it’s only this truth that counts,” assured the manager in front of the U6 camera.
The return of N’Golo Kanté, re-energized Champions League winner, was also to be one of the highlights of the evening. The Chelsea player was there.
Mbappé, him, was again the striker the most in legs – but not the most precise, like this strike at the side (66th) – and Giroud, scorer twice in good fox surfaces (83rd, 90th ), do not miss a single opportunity to recall that the N.9 of the Blues is still well flocked behind his back, no offense to his new role of understudy.
“My friends call me the Grenoble phoenix. It’s a compliment that means that whatever the circumstances, I’m not giving up,” commented the Chelsea striker at M6’s microphone.
France now have their eyes on their first Euro-2021 game against Germany on June 15, before facing Hungary on the 19th and Portugal on the 23rd.
With AFP and Reuters