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October 11, 2013
• Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias
• Attendance: 30000
F. Ribéry 8'
O. Giroud 16', 27'
Y. Cabaye 29'
M. Debuchy 47'
K. Benzema 50'
90' + 2'
FULL-TIME: France 6-0 Australia. A huge win for a France back with confidence against the struggling Socceroos!
90' + 1'
France are gearing up for a crucial World Cup qualifier against Finland at the Stade de France in style. A 6-0 win, that's ten goals in the last two games, a thoroughly impressive performance.
Into the first of TWO additional minutes at the Parc des Princes here.
REMY! He's just not had the rub of the green, for all of his other exploits tonight. Denied in front of goal once again, as Debuchy's header flies over the bar.
France are heading for their first win against Australia in three attempts. A 1-1 draw and 1-0 defeat against the Socceroos occurred in 2001.
SAKHO! Denied a goal. Goes up for a powerful header which flies wide, upon his return to the Parc des Princes pitch. Three minutes to go, as a corner is wasted for les Bleus.
Five minutes to go in what has been a rather routine game for France. They've literally been on cruise control for the last 30 or so minutes, after scoring two goals in the first five or six minutes of the second half.
Valbuena drops deep to involve himself more, but he can't escape the booking. Teed up by Matuidi, but runs the ball out of play under a challenge from the defender.
NASRI! Unlucky not to have a goal tonight. Teases with Neill in front of him and curls a stunner towards the top corner. Langerak pulls off a top save to concede a corner.
BENZEMA! Good save by Langerak. Valbuena again interlinks with the forward, and another delicious pass towards Benzema, who cuts in on his left, but his right-footed effort saved by the goalkeeper.
Joshua Blake Kennedy
SUBSTITUTION - Australia: Jason Kennedy on for Tim Cahill.
VALBUENA! Decent chance for the Marseille man, and he's thwarted, before Nasri sets up Benzema, who tries to lift his leg to diver the ball, but he too is thwarted - this time, by the offside flag.
BENZEMA! Good chance, and cleared away at the death. Superb chance for the Real Madrid man, led forward by Valbuena's delicate chip. Langerak with the first save, and cleared behind by McKay.
Quarter of an hour to go at the Parc des Princes - and it appears that France have almost settled for six! Not bad, actually.
First decent cross from Australia on the right, delivered in deep, but Sakho headed away at the right moment. Kruse and co. have been ineffectual on the far side.
Lovely movement between Cabaye, Clichy and Matuidi - in an almost triangular shape. Cabaye's pass though drifts out of play, as France begin to step off the gas.
REMY! Oh he's scuffed it. Valbuena shrugs off the boos once more to produce a sumptuous pass over the top for Remy to chase. In a great position, on the left of the box, the Newcastle forward strikes well wide. Poor.
SUBSTITUTION - Australia: Young forward Mathew Leckie comes on for his 19th cap. Replaces Wilkshire.
Australia beginning to threaten at the other end, though Sakho and Varane combining well to stifle the Aussie threat. They just can't get anyhwere near the French goal.
France still toying with their Australian counterparts in possession. Valbuena booed as he touches the ball (due to his Marseille links), as Nasri's long pass is easily held by Langerak.
SUBSTITUTION - France: Patrice Evra departs in place of Gael Clichy.
Great night it is for Franck Ribery, the man who is heavily tipped to pick up the Ballon D'Or after a stunning year. 1 goal, 3 assists, and a hand in two other goals. His replacement Mathieu Valbuena is heavily booed.
SUBSTITUTION - France: Blaise Matuidi on for Paul Pogba. Valbuena on for Ribery.
France readying a substitution here - and it's Mathieu Valbuena to come on, the Marseille man had poor luck in front of goal against Mitchell Langerak in the Champions League last week as Langerak's Dortmund beat OM 3-0.
By my count this evening, Lloris has had about six touches of the ball, three of which have been goal-kicks. He's literally had nothing to do this evening!
CAHILL! Australia's first chance of the game. And it's over the bar. Almost an hour on the clock, McKay is bundled over, but the ball lands at Cahill's feet, as it's fired over Lloris bar.
Sakho does well to hold off his marker and restart a move. Cabaye cleans up in midfield, towards Nasri, ho looks immediately for a link-up towards Ribery. With three defenders on him, he is finally beaten.
(Un)surprising statistics here - Shots; France 15-0 Australia - Goals - France 6-0 Australia. What can only be described as a "Quelle Soiree" for the French. A stunning display of attacking endeavour.
Ribery continuing to cause havoc in the Australian defence, though Bresciano denies his progress. Rare run forward from Jackson Holland, but the move breaks down.
1,222 minutes - Over 20 hours of play since Benzema last scored for France, and les Bleus have added two to their half-time total. 6-0 against the Aussies now, and they're not holding up!
Yellow Card Luke Wilkshire
Yellow card for Luke Wilkshire in the process, but Benzema the star of the show here. He laps up the praise as the Parc des Princes crowd roars his name. That's a celebration, right there!
Assist Franck Ribéry
Goal Karim Benzema
GOAL! FRANCE 6-0 AUSTRALIA!! AND THE MOMENT HAS ARRIVED! GOAL BENZEMA! Karim Benzema has his first goal for France in well over 1200 minutes! Lovely run by Ribery, into Benzema, and it's fired into the middle. Langerak has been awful.
Goal Mathieu Debuchy
GOAL! FRANCE 5-0 Australia - what a goal from MATHIEU DEBUCHY! Australia fail to deal with clearing a header, and it's rifled into the top corner by Debuchy! Stunning.
A couple of jeers there for Benzema as he replaced a hat-trick chasing Olivier Giroud, but France set about adding to their goals here.
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY! Substitutions - Sakho and Benzema on for Giroud and Abidal
The sides are out for the second half, and there's a double substitution for France.
Can the night get even better for France? Spain get going against Belarus in Mallorca in under ten minutes (22:00 CET) - Belarus have lost all three of their away games in the group, mind.
A side that struggled to score over the summer, and France have 8 goals in three halves of football! They've literally destroyed the Socceroos, who haven't tested Lloris at all. One wonders for Osieck's future, the already under pressure coach has overseen a poor run of form.
HT: FRA 4-0 AUS - it looked more like a rugby scoreline in the first 20 minutes, but France race into a 4-0 lead at the break. Four very well taken goals, - two of which were absolutely sublime. Australia's defence has offered no answer, with Wilkshire and Carney the key problems.
HALF-TIME - France 4-0 Australia.
Jedinak attempts to get the ball away, combining with McKay with the long pass forward. He attempts to locate Kruse, but the French defence does its job well.
Pogba links well with Nasri, who does ever so well to hold off the challenge of Robbie Kruse. There's 11 gold and green shirts behind the ball so far, as the cross-field pass towards Debuchy is well cut out.
Giroud racing for a hat-trick, and almost races clear. Chases a long ball forward under pressure from Neill who tussles furiously. Langerak with the clearance after rushing off his line.
Hugo Lloris has just taken his first touch of the game, with a goal-kick.At the other end, Australia have a spell in possession, Bresciano linking up with Neill who plays the ball away. Towards Carney, and he gives the ball away with a poor pass.
Les Bleus are content with keeping possession and frustrating the Aussies, who are yet to even test Hugo Lloris in the French goal. I hardly think Lloris has touched the ball in that time.
VARANE! Great header, saved by Langerak. Nice delivery from Ribery, the outswinging corner met powerfully by the head of the young centre-back. And it's a good save on the line from the goalkeeper.
Lucas Neill is furious with his team-mates there. a long-ball from deep, and the defender is forced to block behind for a corner. He's raging at the players in front of him. And he has good reason too!
Another chance for France. Debuchy with a great cross from the right. Towards Giroud who controls expertly, but cannot get Lucas Neill off his back, as the centre-back denies the forward a hat-trick.
Australia pretty much don't have a clue here. Opened up superbly by the attacking trio of Loic Remy, Samir Nasri, Franck Ribery, and with Olivier Giroud up front. It's a horror show from the defence.
Assist Franck Ribéry
Goal Yohan Cabaye
GOAL! France 4-0 Australia - CABAYE! What a goal. Stunning goal by the Newcastle midfielder, teed up by Ribery, and it's a long drive into the bottom corner. Well, well, well.
You can pretty much excuse the French fans for doing the Poznan over at the Parc des Princes. 4-0 up and barely half an hour gone.
Assist Samir Nasri
Goal Olivier Giroud
Holger Osieck watches on bewildered, as is Karim Benzema at the Parc des Princes. France are turning on the style here.
Nasri delivers a long ball into the box, and it's a good take for Mitch Langerak in the Australia goal. Immediately kicked out, and gives the ball back to France.
Free-kick Australia as Mile Jedinak is upended in midfield. Australia with a chance to relieve pressure on their defence, but they've barely ventured outside of their own half.
Ribery drops towards the centre, linking up with Debuchy, as France gather pace with another attacking venture. Nasri through the middle, but les Bleus are so comfortable in possession right now.
Free-kick to France as Ribery and Nasri combine to draw a free-kick out of Robbie Kruse. Delivered by Nasri, and Giroud's bicycle kick unable to draw out a goal.
The Socceroos have been unable to test Ribery down that left flank on the far side. Wilkshire being dominated, and not even Bresciano or Kruse tracking back can solve the problem.
Holger Osieck's job already on the line as Socceroos coach, with a poor result likely to see him out before next week. His Australia side have fared poorly in the opening exchanges here, already 2-0 down.
Fantastic goal from Giroud, and the cameras cut to a rather awkward looking Karim Benzema, who only has three goals for France since February 2011, on the bench. 2-0, and Australia are being played off the park.
Assist Franck Ribéry
Goal Olivier Giroud
GOAL! FRANCE 2-0 AUSTRALIA!! GIROUD! What a goal. A stunning goal from the Arsenal hitman there. Lovely ball into the box from Ribery, Giroud on the turn manages to chip Langerak and into the top corner. GOAL! France 3-0 Australia! GIROUD!! It's turning into a bit of a farce on that left side. The ease that Ribery is getting through. Linked up well with Nasri, towards Giroud and a simple tap-in. It's all over.
Possession count so far reads France on 56% and Australia on 44%. Ribery has bossed the game so far. Fantastic for les Bleus.
Another fine break for France, led by Giroud on the charge. Out wide towards Pogba, but his cross is too powerful, hit over the defence and out. Australia on the back foot.
Some confusion surrounding that France penalty. Giroud with a lovely bit of skill to get past his marker, and deliver a ball into the area. It appeared Wilkshire raised a hand under pressure with an aerial challenge. The referee spot-on, when hardly anyone noticed!
Kruse attempts to dribble his way into the France box, and is dealt with well. Showed brilliant control, but Ribery on hand to dispossess and clear on time. France threatening on the counter....
Ribery has now scored four of France's last seven goals, in an otherwise dry year for les Bleus attackers. No striker in that run, the others scored by Valbuena, Nasri and Pogba.
Penalty Goal Franck Ribéry
GOAL! FRANCE 1-0 AUSTRALIA - RIBERY! The Bayern winger coolly tucks away the penalty, sending Langerak the wrong way. Down the middle, easy as you like.
Well, it seemed that the referee awarded a corner, but changed his mind as it becomes apparent that Wilkshire handled in the area, challenged by Remy. PENALTY TO FRANCE.
PENALTY TO FRANCE
Langerak busy in the early stages, that's for sure. Debuchy fouled by Carney, and the free-kick delivered in well, is dealt with by Langerak, who punches away a neat header.
GIROUD! Great save by Langerak. Superb flowing move from France. Ribery, into Giroud, and out wide for Nasri. Back into the Arsenal striker, whose effort is well denied by the goalkeeper, as the rebound is fired wide.
France building in confidence. Debuchy's cross is headed away, as Ribery delivers a neat cross back in towards the centre.
DANGER! Langerak dallies on the ball and Giroud bombards him under pressure, with his hurried goal-kick deflecting off the striker and out for a throw-in.
Nice through ball from Wilkshire towards Kruse up front as France momentarily lapse in concentration. Unlucky for the forward however, who is called offside.
Edgy start as Ribery attempts to break down the left wing, but Wilkshire is on hand to deny his progress. France looking a bit positive on the ball.
KICK-OFF!! France get us going attacking from right to left.Tonight's referee is from Portugal, Artur Ribeiro, who is usually fourth official to the much more renowned Pedro Proenca.
The teams are out, time for the national anthems, and first, that of Australia!
TEAM NEWS: Loic Remy returns to the France fold for the first time in almost two years, as Olivier Giroud replaces the inconsistent Karim Benzema. Samir Nasri also features, as Raphael Varane partners Eric Abidal in defence. Mitchell Langerak of Dortmund is in goal for Australia, with Robbie Kruse leading the line. Well known names such as Tim Cahill, Lucas Neill and Mark Bresciano all start.
FRANCE: Lloris - Debuchy, Varane, Abidal, Evra - Cabaye, Pogba -Remy, Nasri, Ribery - Giroud
AUSTRALIA: Langerak, Neill, Carney, Cahill, Wilkshire, Kruse, Jedinak, Holland, McKay, Williams, Bresciano
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
France and Australia have played twice before - if today is the 11/10, they last faced off on the 10/11 of 2001. A David Trezeguet equaliser saw France claim a 1-1 draw, as Australia won their only other encounter at the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Whereas Australia are unlikely to win tonight, the FFA are keen to ensure a better performance ahead of their World Cup appearance. They go on to play Canada at Craven Cottage, London on Tuesday.
Australia meanwhile qualified for the FIFA World Cup over the summer, but all is not well for the Socceroos. Coach Holger Osieck's job is on the line after a couple of poor defeats - including at the East Asia Cup, and a 6-0 drubbing against Brazil in September.
A win for France not only will appease the doubters, but will aid their quest to be seeded in the play-off draw for the World Cup in 10 days. It's all about ranking points, and as the old saying goes - there are no easy games in international football anymore.
But tonight isn't just a routine friendly for les Bleus, who have been in indifferent form in 2013. Scrambling to a 4-2 win over Belarus last month, it seems Didier Deschamps hasn't exactly found his best XI. He'll be testing a couple of players tonight, that's for sure.
France aren't in World Cup qualifying action tonight, though they are unlikely to overhaul Spain after suffering a 1-0 defeat in Saint-Denis in March. They'll need a miracle if Belarus are to beat Spain and take it to the final round of qualifying on Tuesday.
Good evening and welcome to live commentary of tonight's international friendly between France and Australia at the Parc des Princes in Paris. I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be providing you with coverage for the next two hours.
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