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  • 7 October 2011
  • • 20:00
  • • Stade de France, Paris
  • Referee: M. Koukoulakis
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France 3-0 Albania: Loic Remy stars as Laurent Blanc's much-changed side collect easy victory

France 3-0 Albania: Loic Remy stars as Laurent Blanc's much-changed side collect easy victory

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The Euro 2000 winners were convincing 3-0 winners against Albania as the nation close in on qualification for next summer's European Championships

France maintained their place at the top of Group D with a comfortable 3-0 win over Albania in Euro 2012 qualifying at the Stade de France, their biggest win of the campaign.

Florent Malouda opened the scoring in the 11th minute before Loic Remy doubled the home team's lead seven minutes before the half-time whistle. Anthony Reveillere completed the rout on 67 minutes to ensure victory for the 2000 European Championship winners.

Laurent Blanc's men face Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday, knowing that a draw will be enough to finish ahead of their Balkan rivals to claim a place in next summer's competition, which is to be held jointly by Poland and Ukraine.

The home nation started brightly and were a goal to the good on 11 minutes, courtesy of Florent Malouda's strike. Loic Remy's perseverance down the right wing saw the Marseille man steal the ball off Kristi Vangeli before crossing the ball for Chelsea's Malouda who hit the back of the net via a slight deflection.

On 25 minutes, France nearly doubled their lead yet Adil Rami could only head wide from close-range after Yohan Cabaye's inviting corner into the penalty area - a poor miss from the Valencia centre-half.

However, Blanc's side did not have to wait long until they added a second when Remy scored on 38 minutes. Samir Nasri's wonderful play showed great strength to fend off several challenges on the edge of the box before sliding the ball to Remy to finish from a tight angle to give France a comfortable lead at the half-time interval.

The result was put beyond doubt on 67 minutes when Anthony Reveillere grabbed his first international goal to make it 3-0. The impressive Marvin Martin slid a precise through ball to the Lyon full-back who beat Saimir Ujkani at his near-post as his nation took all three points to return to the top of the group, a point ahead of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who had defeated Luxembourg 5-0 earlier on in the evening.

While France will be hoping to avoid defeat at home to Bosnia and Herzegovina in four days' time, Albania will be looking to end an unsuccessful qualifying campaign on a high with victory over Romania.

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