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0 vs 2
Played
September 7, 2010 8:00 PM BST
Sarajevo
Referee:‬ M. Brych (GER)‎
 
 
 
Top of the Match
Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema
France
Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema
France
Flop of the Match
Vedad Ibisevic
Vedad Ibisevic
Bosnia
Edin Dzeko
Edin Dzeko
Bosnia

Bosnia & Herzegovina 0-2 France: Blanc Records First Win With Les Bleus

Laurent Blanc has won his first match with his new-look France side...

By Stephen Crawford

Sorely needing a win tonight to get back on an even keel in the wake of much controversy, Laurent Blanc's boys did him proud in Sarajevo tonight as Karim Benzema and Florent Malouda helped themselves to a goal each to overcome Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Benzema got the nod over a large handful of other possible strikers at Laurent Blanc's disposal and assisted Florent Malouda at the head of les Bleus' attack. There were no surprises at the other end as Bosnian gaffer Safet Susic paired Vedad Ibisevic with Edin Dzeko, and had young playmaker Miralem Pjanic pulling the strings.

France looked the better of the sides in the opening stages as attempts from Benzema and Malouda seemed to take the sting out of the electric atmosphere in Sarajevo. Both players were letting their presence be known in the Bosnian box, but their strikes were not good enough to beat Kenan Hasagic.

Besides a decent strike from Ibesevic and a clever flick from Dzeko which failed to beat Hugo Lloris, Blanc's boys continued to dominate throughout the first half. Benzema was showing some real dynamism throughout, popping up all over the place to test Hasagic. However, he just couldn't seem to squeeze the ball past the Bosnian 'keeper.

Pjanic would have got his name on the scoresheet before half-time were it not for a Philippe Mexes interception, but instead the attacking midfielder ended the first period with his name in the referee's book after he fouled Lloris. Mathieu Valbuena joined Pjanic in the book after a sore looking foul on Elvir Rahimic as the teams went in for the break.

The hosts came out looking much hungrier as the second-half began, but for all their heart they just couldn't seem to hold on to the ball. This seemed to deflate the Bosnians as the minutes wore on, and the French flurry was allowed to continue with Benzema again leading by example.

The home side looked like they might have managed to pinch the lead after 64 minutes when Pjanic let rip from 35-yards following a free-kick. It was a venomous, dipping drive that forced Lloris in to making a game-saving parry – his first of the night. This prompted much chanting from the home fans, but they would soon be silenced.

Gael Clichy whipped in a wonderful low cross to Benzema, who trapped the ball before shimmying to his left and releasing a shot that Hasagic never had a chance with. After a good bit of huffing and puffing, the Real Madrid striker finally got the goal that he deserved.

Less than ten minutes later France doubled their tally, this time Malouda with the goal. After wonderful work from Diarra to dispossess Dzeko deep in the French half, the ball was sailed up to Valbuena, who teamed up wonderfully with Abou Diaby to stretch the Bosnian defence and tee up the Chelsea man for the second goal of the night.

A disappointed fan had the bright idea to throw a smoke bomb on to the pitch in the dying minutes to show his frustration. The explosive went off near Mexes, but the Roma defender was not injured and the bomb served only as fireworks for Laurent Blanc's first win in charge of Les Bleus.

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Bosnia

-
Kenan Hasagic
Goalkeeper
2.50
-
Senijad Ibricic
Midfielder
71′
2.00
-
Safet Nadarevic
Defender
2.00
5
Emir Spahic
Defender
2.50
24
Mensur Mujdza
Defender
2.00
19
Senad Lulic
Midfielder
2.00
25
Elver Rahimic
Midfielder
74′
0.00
10
2.00
15
Miralem Pjanic
Midfielder
45′
2.50
9
1.50
10
Edin Dzeko
Striker
2.50

France

3.00
25
Hugo Lloris
Goalkeeper
3.00
22
Gael Clichy
Defender
3.50
4
Adil Rami
Defender
3.50
5
3.00
-
3.50
24
A. Diaby
Midfielder
3.50
17
Yann M'Vila
Midfielder
3.00
23
Alou Diarra
Midfielder
3.00
15
4.00
9
3.50
28

Substitutes

1
Asmir Begovic
Goalkeeper
0.00
-
Adnan Mravac
Goalkeeper
0.00
-
0.00
-
Boris Pandza
Midfielder
0.00
4
0.00
-
Ermin Zec
Striker
74′
0.00
-
Sanel Jahic
Midfielder
75′
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
30
Steve Mandanda
Goalkeeper
0.00
17
0.00
13
0.00
7
Jérémy Menez
Midfielder
0.00
19
0.00
11
0.00
14
Blaise Matuidi
Midfielder
80′

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

0.00
-
 
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