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Nasri & Clichy feature in France victory

France 2-0 Romania – Samir Nasri & Gael Clichy

France moved top of Euro 2012 qualifying Group D off the back of their 2-0 success over Romania, which was kick-started by substitute Loic Remy’s strike 10 minutes from time.

Arsenal duo Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy both started the game, with the latter supporting Nasri down the left hand side.

The first half’s best moment came from Karim Benzema, whose deft curling effort from the corner of the box skimmed off the post before flying out for a goal-kick.

After the interval, goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon came to the fore for the Romanians, palming a well struck shot from Mathieu Valbuena onto the crossbar and soon afterwards making a remarkable double-block to deny Samir Nasri, whose charge down the left seemed to have decisively unlocked the sturdy visiting defence.

Les Bleus only showed their attacking potential in bursts. The highlight of their period of attacking pressure was a move constructed initially down the right by Valbuena, though it was Nasri’s lofted pass that created a chance for Florent Malouda that was crashed into the side netting by the Chelsea winger.

Nasri’s replacement, Yoann Gourcuff, secured the win in stoppage time.

Samir Nasri played 75 minutes before being replaced by Gourcuff.

Gael Clichy started and played the full 90 minutes.

Bacary Sagna missed out through injury, although he’s expected to be fit for Saturday’s match against Birmingham.

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GunnerRashidinho
GunnerRashidinho
11 years ago

Nasri France’s best player by a mile.

Paul
Paul
11 years ago

Le Boss was in attendance as well, he was a commentator for a French TV Ch.

Dave
Dave
11 years ago

As usual, Clichy made a lot of catastrophic mistakes.Romania failed to score a goal from one of his mistakes.
I think he is not good enough for both France and Arsenal.

arsenal fan
arsenal fan
11 years ago

malouda had a poor game.
Nasri was thdir best player because he played centrally, hope le boss can see that too

Junaid
Junaid
11 years ago

Clichy is gash. Evra or Abidal will play instead of him in other French games and GIbbs aswell at Arsenal.

slick mike
slick mike
11 years ago

clichy is not good enough need gibbs to remain injury free

slickmike
11 years ago

clichy is sh*t

dB10
dB10
11 years ago

Seems Blanc has seen building a team around Samir as the future for Les Blues. Good game lad. Can’t say the same about Gael Clichy though!

G.blak
11 years ago

Well done clichy & nasri we are proud of u guys

john davies
john davies
11 years ago

after that incident at Birmingham 3 years ago where he gave away a last minute penalty, he has never been the same.

False Hope
False Hope
11 years ago

Clichy was poor yesterday…again.
I’m starting to hope he’ll get dropped from the French squad since Arsene wouldn’t give him that kick up the backside.
He is just not good enough.

offside
offside
11 years ago

Hmm again a “victory” with the help of the referee … it was obviously offside at the first goal. Ok, the french team played a little better but to bad that a game can be won like that.

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