France through after third successive win
I hope nothing happens to any of them and that they’ll all be here next month.” In the past two games, Giroud and Benzema have scored twice – with Giroud also contributing to France’s second goal on Tuesday night when his header led to an own goal – while Ribery has been simply unstoppable. “All of the forwards showed good movement,” Deschamps said. “They have a lot of freedom in attack and their understanding was generally very good.” Having won the treble with Bayern Munich last season, Ribery says he wants to win the Golden Ball and is clearly on a mission. He scored twice against Belarus, netted one and set up three against Australia, and almost tore the back of the net out with a fantastic early strike against Finland. He then set up Benzema’s goal late on after some sublime trickery and a perfectly weighted cross from the left. “He’s in top form, he’s full of confidence and you can see it,” Deschamps said. “He’s always been an influential player, but he also depends on the players around him.” Giroud started at center forward for the third straight match, with Benzema again on the bench, which looks like a successful strategy by Deschamps. It has given the team more of a central focal point in attack, thanks to Giroud’s ability to either hold the ball or lay it off thanks to excellent touch, and it has made Benzema hungry again. After 15 games without an international goal, Benzema’s confidence was clearly sapping away. Dropping him to the bench has given him a wake-up call and the relief was clear at Stade de France when he enjoyed a spot of shadow boxing with the crowd as he celebrated his goal. With France in this form, it is their playoff opponents who could well be facing a knockout next month. Deschamps has switched to a far more high-tempo game and there is clearly more bite and hunger than before – perhaps best typified by Samir Nasri.
EDT October 16, 2013 From left 15 year old Leonarda Dibrani, joined by her brothers Ronaldo 9, Roki 11, Masar 5, expelled from France last week, during an interview for The Associated Press in a room of a shelter house in Mitrovica, northern Kosovo, on Wednesday. (Photo: Visar Kryeziu, AP) France’s president Hollande has tried to appear more immigrant-friendly Girl’s family had fled persecution in Kosovo Father has not yet told kids reason for expulsion SHARE 39 CONNECT 25 TWEET 13 COMMENTEMAILMORE MITROVICA, Kosovo (AP) Leonarda Dibrani was finishing up a field trip when French police showed up at the bus, detaining the 15-year-old schoolgirl in front of her classmates before authorities expelled her to Kosovo because her family’s asylum application had been rejected. The incident earlier this month, but which was made public this week, has sparked outrage from immigrant groups and others who say police went too far in publicly shaming the teenager. It has also been an embarrassment for President Francois Hollande’s government, which has tried to portray a kinder France in a bid to distance itself from conservative predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy, known for his tough immigration policies. An investigation into the treatment of the girl, which also drew criticism from within the ranks of Hollande’s Socialist Party, has been launched. Now, Dibrani says she just wants to get back to France. “I was crying on my teacher’s lap and he was crying,” Dibrani said Wednesday, recounting her ordeal in an interview with The Associated Press. “My friends asked: ‘Did you kill someone that the police are looking for you?’ I was afraid. I felt bad and ashamed. “My home is in France,” Dibrani said in French, dressed in jeans and a colorful paisley print tunic. “I don’t speak the language here and I don’t know anyone.
World champions France are through to the UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship final tournament in England after Poland’s title defence was ended in elite round Group 4. Related Items Draw, ambassadors confirmed Before their decider against Sweden in Dungannon, France whose squad included 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup winner Delphine Cascarino held a two-point lead over their opponents, with Poland and hosts Northern Ireland out of contention. Following their 1-0 triumph, secured by substitute Perle Morroni’s 73rd-minute goal, Guy Ferrier’s team take their place in next Thursday’s draw at Burton Town Hall, which already involves England, Spain, Scotland, Austria and Germany. Poland beat Sweden in Nyon in June to win their first women’s title, but their hopes of defending the crown in England looked slim after an opening 3-0 loss to France, Marine Julian, Anissa Lahmari and substitute Manon Uffren getting the goals. Sweden defeated Northern Ireland 2-0, Rebecka Blomqvist striking on 28 and 56 minutes. Two days later Sweden were two up inside 22 minutes in their final rematch against Poland through Blomqvist and Julia Zigiotti Olme. Substitute Aleksandra Lizon reduced arrears and Dominika Grabowska levelled in added time, but Poland’s reign was over. France beat Northern Ireland 2-0 to go top, Mathilde Jouanno getting both goals. France, after their last-day success, will now aim to finish in the top three in England so they can defend their world title in Costa Rica in March. Poland at least signed off with three points, prevailing 1-0 against Northern Ireland courtesy ofLizon’s second-half effort. UEFA.com 1998-2013. All rights reserved. Last updated: 17/10/13 19.47CET