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5 June 2012
• MMArena, Le Mans
Referee: L. Liany
• Attendance: 24000
F. Ribéry 24'
K. Benzema 37', 47'
J. Ménez 90'+
France complete their preparations for Euro 2012 with a comfortable four goal victory over Estonia as they look forward to the crunch match with England.
FULL TIME France 4-0 Estonia
90' + 3'
France are now putting on the style as Hatem Ben Arfa cuts in from the left, but Estonia manage to clear the ball away.
90' + 1'
Assist Olivier Giroud
90' + 1'
Goal Jérémy Menez
GOAL! Menez claims a fourth for France after a cross from Patrice Evra was flicked on by Giroud, allowing the midfielder to tap home from close in.
Vladimir Voskoboinikov has a chance to get Estonia a consolation goal as he receives the ball just outside the six yard box, but his strike is well saved by Lloris, who maintains his clean sheet.
Marvin Martin is next to try his luck for Les Bleus, with a curling strike from the edge of the area which just goes over the bar, as the home side look to turn the game into a rout.
Jérémy Menez have claimed a fourth for France, as he turned Enar Jääger inside out, but his strike went just wide of goal.
Olivier Giroud manages to beat the Estonian offside trap, but the less said about the strike by the Montpellier forward the better, as the ball went well wide of Pareiko's goal.
Lloris overreacts as he dives to a simple cross from the left wing, no doubt the French stopper was looking for something to do as he has been untroubled for the majority of the game.
Doubt that England will learn anything about their next opponents for the remaining quarter of an hour, as the France substitutes try to impress Blanc, but so far they have been unable to.
Estonia look like a side well beaten and are just looking to keep the score down and not suffer a heavy defeat.
Hatem Ben Arfa
The atmosphere inside the MMArena has completely died, as the home side are comfortably ahead, with no danger coming from their opponents, as France look to see out the game.
Mathieu Valbuena has his first real chance to impress, as he gets the ball on the left hand side, but he overhits the ball, allowing the Estonian defender to get goal side of him and shepherd the ball out for a goal kick.
The substitutions are in full swing now, as Ribéry is one of those to depart the scene, as Blanc looks to wrap him up in cotton wool before the opener with Roy Hodgson's side.
Benzema shows once again why the England defence will have to be worried about the Real Madrid man, as he cut inside from the left and unleashed a shot the the keeper managed to gather at the second attempt.
Sander Puri has a low driven strike that is deflected for a corner after the Estonians broke on the counter attack, showing a weakness that England will be looking to capitialise on.
The home side are continuing to hold on to the ball and once again they play a pass too many, which allows their visitors to clear the danger.
Ribéry continues his magic show as he mesmerises the Estonian defence with some of his touches, but Florent Malouda who he played in on the left wing can’t find a fellow player in blue with his cross and Estonia can clear easily.
loris manages to help out his central defensive pair, as they fail to deal with a long ball and the keeper races out of his box to head clear and keep his clean sheet.
This is becoming a training exercise for France, as Estonia show little resistance to the home side, as the continue to push forward whenever they wish.
France continue to push forward at will, with Nasri unlucky not to find the net, as Klavan gets a foot in to clear the ball from danger and spare this from becoming a rout, yet.
Assist Franck Ribéry
Goal Karim Benzema
GOAL! France's two stars combine again to help the home side claim a third, as Ribéry crosses from the right wing to Benzema, who mishits the ball into the net.
Estonia get the second half underway, two goals behind at the break.
After some shaky moments early on the French are in full control after two outstanding goals by Ribéry and Benzema have them comfortably ahead as they prepare for their Euro 2012 opener against England.
HALF TIME France 2-0 Estonia
Since Ojamaa's two chances early on, the Estonian's have rarely troubled what is seen by many as being a vulnerable French defence.
Nasri shows the side of his game that everyone hates, as he goes down extremely easily as Ragnar Klavan barely brushes by the Manchester City midfielder, but he takes it as an invitation to go down, but fortunately the referee wasn't interested in awarded a penalty.
That goal has helped put France on easy street as they look to sail through the reminder of the game, giving them confidence before the clash with England.
Goal Karim Benzema
GOAL! And what a goal it was, as Benzema curled the ball from the left hand side of the area, to the back post, were the keeper could not reach, as the ball cannoned off the post and into the back of the net to double France's lead.
Estonia get let off twice in a minute, as Benzema's cross is deflected for a corner, then Mexès header is cleared away.
French midfielder Cabaye looks like he's in shooting practice, as this time he attempts a strike from the edge of the area, but once again he fails to find the back of the net as the ball sails over the bar.
Cabaye has another chance on goal, this time with a shot from close range which is easily dealt with by Pareiko in the Estonian goal.
After a bright start to the game Estonia are having to defend for their lives as the French come forward, wave after wave of attacks.
Ribéry is starting to get into top gear, which will no doubt have the England defence watching, worried as he continually beats Estonia defenders at will.
Almost another for France, as Yohan Cabaye unleashes a strike from nearly 35 yards towards goal, but unfortunately for the Newcastle midfielder his strike curls wide of goal.
Robin Bairner: “After a 21-game scoring drought for France, Ribéry now has three in his last three games.”
Assist Karim Benzema
Goal Franck Ribéry
GOAL! Ribéry opens the scoring for France after receiving a long ball, the Bayern Munich winger played a one-two with Benzema before stroking the ball home from close range.
The fans are not happy with how their side have started, as they are more interested in doing a Mexican wave around the stadium.
A thunderbolt by Konstantin Vassiljev from almost 30 yards had Hugo Lloris stretching and had French hearts in mouths as the ball whistled by the post.
Benzema almost opens the scoring for France as he gets his head to a delightful cross from the left by Franck Ribéry, but he fails to find the proper connection and eventually Estonia manage to clear the danger.
France look good going forward, but fail to find the final ball in order to unlock the Estonia defence, as Karim Benzema overhits the ball on the left hand side and it goes out of play for a goal kick.
Goal.com's Robin Bairner: “A lack of pace in the French defence is evident, Estonia looking threating on the counter, three times getting in behind their hosts' defence but failing to find the target. Mexes is again having a real struggle.”
Ojamaa goes close again for Estonia after a cross in from the left wing by Kink, but once again he fails to find the target.
That chance for Estonia has shown the faults in the French defence, as they seem to be slack, which will please Roy Hodgson.
Golden opportunity for Estonia as Kink's mishit shot is eventually played towards Ojamaa after a mix-up involving Philippe Mexès, but the Motherwell striker's chance goes wide.
Sergei Pareiko is given his first action in the Estonia goal, as he plucks a Samir Nasri free kick out of the air before a French attacker can get near.
Estonia, who missed out on Euro 2012 qualification after defeat to Ireland in the playoffs are trying to find both Kink and Ojamaa in the wide areas.
The home side have started the brightest as they look to exploit what is an attack minded line-up for Estonia.
Within the opening minute there is trouble for Blanc as Alou Diarra goes down in pain after twisting his knee, but it looks like he'll be able to continue, this couldn't have come at a worst position with Blaise Matuidi and M'Vila currently carrying injuries.
France get the game underway in a noisy Le Mans, wearing their all blue home kit, while Estonia are decked out in all white.
The Estonians will line-up as follows: Pareiko, Jääger, Rähn, Klavan, Teniste, Puri, Dmitrijev, Vassiljev, Kink, Ojamaa, Oper.
The French starting line-up is as follows: Lloris, Debuchy, Rami, Mexès, Evra, Cabaye, Diarra, Malouda, Nasri, Benzema, Ribéry.
Head coach Tarmo Rüütli has opted to go with an attacking line-up against France, with former Middleborough forward Tarmo Kink and current Motherwell hitman Hendrik Ojamaa flanking Estonia’s all-time top scorer Andres Oper.
Estonia arrive in Le Mans with only two wins in their last eight fixtures, defeating Lithuania by one goal in the third place playoff for the Baltic Cup on Sunday and their only other victory coming in a friendly against El Salvador.
The French optimism was spoilt somewhat by an early injury to Arsenal transfer target Yann M'Vila during the Serbia win, which could see him miss the opening encounter with the English.
Laurent Blanc’s side go into the fixture as overwhelming favourites, having seen off Serbia on Thursday night to extend their unbeaten run to an incredible 20 games, which also includes victories over Germany, Brazil and England.
My name’s Matthew Harold and I’ll be guiding you through the 90 minutes of action at the MMArena in Le Mans.
Good evening and welcome to Goal.com’s live text commentary of the International Friendly between France and Estonia. This will be Les Bleus final match before they open up their Euro 2012 campaign against England on Monday.
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