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International friendly: France 4 Estonia 0

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 5 Jun 2012

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Karim Benzema and Franck Ribery dazzled as France recorded a 4-0 win over Estonia in their final pre-Euro 2012 friendly in Le Mans.

Ribery volleyed home the opening goal on 24 minutes after running on to Benzema’s superb flick before the Real Madrid striker doubled the French lead with a goal of his own when he measured a sublime shot into the top corner shortly before half-time.

Less than 30 seconds after the restart Benzema tapped in Ribery’s fine cross to put the result beyond doubt, with Jeremy Menez adding a fourth goal in additional time.

France were occasionally troubled by the pace of Estonia’s counter-attacks but looked in buoyant attacking form ahead of their Euro 2012 clash against England on Monday.

Estonia took advantage of a subdued start to the match to create two early chances, but failed to capitalise.

France’s attacking midfield trio of Ribery, Samir Nasri and Florent Malouda were receiving plenty of the ball but struggled, in the opening stages, to penetrate the defensive wall set up by their opponents.

Ribery created the home side’s best chance when he found the space to cross after a burst of pace on the left wing, but his delivery was just too high for Benzema.

Eventually, France’s offensive quality shone through.

Ribery volleyed a perfect finish past Estonia goalkeeper Sergei Pareiko after a wonderful flick from Benzema set the Bayern Munich winger through on goal.

After his low cross had almost been diverted into the Estonia goal by Taavi Rahn, Benzema brilliantly doubled France’s lead in the 37th minute.

The 24-year-old, lurking at the back of the penalty area, controlled a high ball after a corner was only partially cleared and curled a sumptuous shot beyond Pareiko.

It took Benzema just 27 seconds to pick up where he left off after the break.

Ribery raced away down the right wing and aimed an inch-perfect cross beyond stranded defender Rahn for the striker to convert from close range.

France dominated and a fourth goal finally arrived when substitute Menez slammed home from close range after Olivier Giroud smartly diverted a low cross from Patrice Evra.

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