The France team made short work of Bulgaria (3-0) at the Stade de France. Karim Benzema came out with an injury.
Special envoy to the Stade de France
One week before its entry into the competition in the Euro, against Germany in Munich, the France team had to take advantage of its final rehearsal against Bulgaria to fill up with confidence and good vibes. On the lawn of a Stade de France finally reconnecting with popular fervor thanks to the 5,000 guests who dribbled the curfew, the Blues won easily (3-0) and often radiated against a 71st world nation inoffensive and in profile of perfect sparring-partner before a full-bodied menu in continental competition (Germany, Hungary and Portugal in the group stage).
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The concern nevertheless took precedence over the ambient euphoria after Karim Benzema had to leave his partners prematurely. In the 31st minute, receiving a cross from Pavard, the French striker violently struck the Bulgarian defender Turitsov in the box. Bruised right leg, the Madrilenian tried to stay on the ground. But the bandage administered by the doctor of the Blues around his thigh did not dissipate the pain, too strong to be able to continue. Forced to give way to Olivier Giroud (38e), the former ban, grimacing face, attended the end of the first period in the stands, a physiotherapist working to massage the painful area.
Kickstand for Benzema
«It’s a crutch, he took a good hit on the muscle above the knee. He stopped since he felt that it was hardening… There is no risk to take anyway. The medical staff is at his bedside», Commented at the microphone of M6 a Didier Deschamps necessarily worried about his player who will have less than a week to recover and claim to be able to start against the Mannschaft. Rightly presented as the big loser of Benzema’s surprise return to the French team, Olivier Giroud took the opportunity to offer himself a double, getting even closer to Thierry Henry’s record (46 goals against 51 for the top scorer of the history of the Blues). And remember, if need be, that Deschamps can always count on him.
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Without the Benzema tile, the beautiful evening with the scent of summer and return to normal life bordered on perfection as the world champions flew over the debates in Saint-Denis. Applied, generous and disciplined, they literally suffocated a team qualified as “tired»The day before by his coach Yasen Petrov. Without his goalkeeper Daniel Naumov, author of several decisive and spectacular saves in front of Mbappé, Giroud or Digne, the heirs of Kostadinov would have finished KO long before Giroud closed the scoring (90e). Shining on his right side – the 4-4-2 diamond of the scoresheet quickly turned into 4-3-3 Tuesday night – Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring with a nice acrobatic recovery (29e), deviated by Antov.
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The playing master of the Blues and his friend Paul Pogba, with an impressive slaughter in the midfield, are already in the legs as an untenable Mbappé for the Bulgarian defense but imprecise in the last gesture. “There were a lot of very good things, said Deschamps after the meeting. Obviously it will be much more difficult against Germany ”. Maybe even more without a 100% Benzema …