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6 vs 0
Played
October 11, 2013 3:00 PM EDT
Parc des Princes — Paris
Referee:‬ Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias‎
Attendance:‬ 30000‎
 
8′ (PG) Franck Ribéry
 
 
 
29′ Yohan Cabaye
 
 
 
Top of the Match
Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud
France
Franck Ribéry
Franck Ribéry
France
Flop of the Match
Luke Wilkshire
Luke Wilkshire
Australia
Luke Wilkshire
Luke Wilkshire
Australia

France 6-0 Australia: Benzema breaks goal drought in friendly drubbing

The Real Madrid striker ended his long wait for a Bleus goal as Oliver Giroud netted a double in a straightforward win for Didier Deschamps' side

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France enjoyed the perfect warm-up for its upcoming World Cup qualifier against Finland, thrashing Australia 6-0 in a friendly in Paris.

Goals from Franck Ribery and Yohan Cabaye either side of an Olivier Giroud double had the hosts 4-0 up within half an hour and Mathieu Debuchy and Karim Benzema, who scored his first France goal in 1,222 minutes of football, added further gloss to the victory after the break.

Newcastle striker Loic Remy made his first appearance for France since March as he was named in the starting XI, while Australia's side featured six changes from its 6-0 defeat to Brazil last month.

France almost took the lead inside four minutes as Mitchell Langerak produced a fine save to deny Giroud from close range.

However, just four minutes later it did find an opening goal when Ribery slotted home from the spot after David Carney had handled in the area.

The hosts continued to dictate in the early stages, and they soon doubled their advantage, Giroud latching on to Ribery's pull back before lifting a sublime finish over Langerak and into the bottom corner.

Australia offered little as an attacking force in the opening half, and it conceded its third after just 27 minutes as Giroud tapped in at the end of a sublime move between Ribery and Samir Nasri.

France continued to surge forward and duly added a fourth on the half-hour mark through Cabaye, who lashed a powerful finish into the bottom corner from the edge of the area after meeting Ribery's layoff.

Raphael Varane and Cabaye went close before the break, but Australia did not heed those warnings as Debuchy capitalized on poor defensive work from Australia to make it 5-0 after 47 minutes with a brilliant left-footed volley.

France refused to relent and dished out further punishment shortly after, substitute Benzema turning home Ribery's left-wing cross to score his first goal for the national team since June 2012.

Tim Cahill created Australia's only chance as he curled over from distance, while Remy, Nasri and substitute Moussa Sissoko all went close at the other end, but it mattered not as France coasted to an easy win.

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France

25
Hugo Lloris
Goalkeeper
3.00
22
Éric Abidal
Defender
46′
2.50
26
Mathieu Debuchy
Defender
47′
3.50
3
Patrice Evra
Defender
64′
3.50
2
Raphaël Varane
Defender
3.50
7
Franck Ribéry
Midfielder
8′ 16′ 29′ 50′ 63′
3.50
6
Paul Pogba
Midfielder
63′
3.00
8
Samir Nasri
Midfielder
27′
3.00
6
Yohan Cabaye
Midfielder
29′ 82′
3.50
14
Loïc Remy
Striker
2.50
12
4.00

Australia

1.50
20
1.50
12
2.00
23
1.50
-
2.50
39
2.00
30
James Holland
Midfielder
2.00
23
Mark Bresciano
Midfielder
2.50
15
Mile Jedinak
Midfielder
2.00
-
Matt McKay
Midfielder
1.50
23
2.50
17
Tim Cahill
Midfielder
79′

Substitutes

30
Steve Mandanda
Goalkeeper
 - 
16
 - 
22
Gael Clichy
Defender
64′
2.50
17
3.00
24
Rod Fanni
Defender
 - 
14
Blaise Matuidi
Midfielder
63′
3.00
7
 - 
7
Moussa Sissoko
Midfielder
82′
2.50
28
3.00
7
 - 
9
3.00

Substitutes

 - 
-
Matthew Ryan
Goalkeeper
2.50
-
 - 
19
 - 
21
Dario Vidosic
Midfielder
2.00
20
Mathew Leckie
Midfielder
69′
 - 
-
Oliver Bozanic
Midfielder
2.00
16
2.50
13

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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