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Algeria

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Brazil rally to win in France while Radamel Falcao brace lifts Colombia

Goals from Neymar and Luiz Gustavo led Brazil's second-half charge as the Selecao overcame France on their way to a 3-1 victory.
The ESPN FC crew discuss the difference makers and talking points from Brazil's 3-1 comeback victory over France.

Oscar and Neymar scored as Brazil rallied past France 3-1 in a friendly on Thursday.

Raphael Varane scored following a corner kick in the 21st minute to give France the lead, but Oscar equalised shortly before half-time by poking home after a one-two with Roberto Firmino.

Brazil took full control after the break, and Neymar provided the lead in the 57th minute with a blast from the corner of the six-yard box following a counter-attack.

Luis Gustavo made the lead comfortable in the 69th minute...

 By Ian Holyman

Nabil Fekir initially chose Algeria over France call-up - Christian Gourcuff

Lyon head coach Hubert Fournier admits he didn't expect his sides 5-1 win at Montpellier on Sunday.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti breaks down the heated title race between Lyon, PSG and Marseille in Ligue 1.
France and Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons has tipped his national team to be among the favourites for Euro 2016.

Algeria coach Christian Gourcuff has told L'Equipe that Nabil Fekir initially chose to play for the African nation over France before changing his mind.

In an interview with L'Equipe on Tuesday, Lyon midfielder Fekir, 21, declared France coach Didier Deschamps had convinced him to opt to represent the country of his birth at international level.

He also admitted his family, who hail from Algeria, had hoped to see him play for the Fennecs. He was even called up by Gourcuff, 59, last week for upcoming...

 By Ian Holyman

Lyon say Nabil Fekir has opted to play for France, not Algeria

Nabil Fekir is touted as one of the best young players around.

Lyon prodigy Nabil Fekir has decided to play for France at international level, according to a senior figure at the midfielder's club.

It was reported Fekir, 21, had opted to pledge allegiance to Algeria, the country of his family's origins, late last week after being called up by the north African nation's coach, Christian Gourcuff, for an upcoming brace of friendlies.

However, ahead of Sunday's Ligue 1 game with Montpellier, Fekir issued a press release on Lyon's official website stating he had...

 By Ian Holyman

Algerian FA waiting on answer from French-born Nabil Fekir

Nabil Fekir has scored nine goals in Ligue 1 this season.

The president of the Algerian FA has increased the pressure on Nabil Fekir as the Lyon midfielder considers which country to represent at international level.

French-born to a family of Algerian origin, Fekir, 21, could play for both nations.

Given his remarkable form at Ligue 1-leading OL this season, scoring nine goals and recording seven assists in Ligue 1, there is growing speculation Fekir will be among the 23 names France boss Didier Deschamps selects on March 19 for Les Bleus' friendly with...

 By Ian Holyman

Nabil Fekir won't get France call just to avoid Algeria role - Didier Deschamps

Fekir's fine form in Ligue 1 this season has seen him linked with the likes of Arsenal.

France coach Didier Deschamps has told RMC he will not call up Lyon prodigy Nabil Fekir merely to prevent him playing for Algeria.

Virtually unknown at the start of the season, Fekir, 21, has made a name for himself with an impressive campaign at OL, contributing nine goals and six assists in 22 games to help his club to the top of the Ligue 1 table.

His performances have sparked the interest of clubs around Europe, notably Arsenal, while the French-born midfielder's Algerian roots mean there could...