EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING

Stade de France, France

Referee: Pedro Proenca | Attendance: 79299

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France

  • Loïc Remy 83'
  • Yoann Gourcuff 90' +3'

2 - 0

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Les Bleus back on track

France coach Laurent Blanc proved his worth as three substitutes combined to

give Les Bleus a deserved victory over Romania in their Euro 2012 qualifier.

Loic Remy, a second-half replacement for Mathieu Valbuena, netted seven minutes

from time before Dimitrie Payet set up Yoann Gourcuff for a second in stoppage

time to give France their second win and put them top of Group D.

Both sides had earlier hit the woodwork but the game appeared to be heading for

stalemate until Remy struck.

Samir Nasri was at the centre of much of France's good play in the first half

and his dangerous cross was well held by Costel Pantilimon after his defence

failed to deal with it.

Nasri's flicked pass in the area after 19 minutes sent Florent Malouda wide and

he could not get his volley the right side of the near post.

The dangerous Nasri dinked a cross into the centre after 29 minutes but it was

just a fraction high for captain Alou Diarra, who could not keep his header

down.

Valbuena linked well with Karim Benzema but the Marseille man sent his strike

straight at Pantilimon.

The closest either side came to scoring in the first half came five minutes

before the break, when, after good work by Nasri and Malouda, Benzema curled a

lovely effort towards goal from the left side of the area, a shot which grazed

the post on the way out with Pantilimon well beaten.

After the break, Valbuena's neat backheel set up Malouda, whose strike went

wide off Mirel Radoi.

Malouda's cross from the resultant corner was headed goalwards by Philippe

Mexes, but Pantilimon held on.

Valbuena's shot was turned onto the bar by a diving Pantilimon, then Cristian

Chivu hooked the ball clear under pressure from Benzema as the pressure built.

Pantilimon continued to keep his side on level terms as he got a hand to the

ball when Benzema thumped it across goal, then made a double save from Nasri.

Blanc brought Remy on for Valbuena as France searched for a goal, but it was

Romania who came within inches of scoring when, after Gael Clichy gave the ball

away, Cristian Sapunaru's first-time effort hit the inside of the post on

rebounded into Hugo Lloris' arms.

Lloris then stretched to claw away Razvan Cocis' dangerous cross.

The hosts calmed the nerves in the Stade de France as they took the lead after

83 minutes in clinical fashion.

Diarra's long through ball found Remy, who took a touch and finished precisely

with his right foot from a narrow angle.

Remy missed a tough header at the far post and Yann M'Vila saw his effort

saved, before the second arrived in stoppage time courtesy of an impressively

swift counter-attack.

M'Vila found Payet down the right and he kept his cool to pick out fellow

substitute Gourcuff, who slotted home.

Scoring Summary

  • France
  • Romania
Loïc Remy (83')
Yoann Gourcuff (90 + 3')
 

Match Stats

  • France
  • Romania
17(7) Shots (on goal) 5(1)
10 Fouls 7
6 Corner kicks 1
2 Offsides 1
58% Time of Possession 42%
2 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
2 Saves 9

Teams

  • France
  • Romania
Substitutes
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