Free game highlights and report on Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele in victory in Nice in France; Neco Williams was sent hard in the first half for deliberate handball; Karim Benzema missed a penalty on return to France
World champions and favorites France started their preparations for Euro 2020 well with a 3-0 win against Wales, who played with 10 men in Nice for over an hour.
In a hectic 10-minute In the first half, Wales was reduced to 10 men after Neco Williams was harshly sent off after a handball after a shot by Karim Benzema, but Danny Ward prevented the returning Benzema from taking the penalty with a beautiful save (27 ‘). </ France kicked off with Kylian Mbappe's rebound after another save from Ward (35th), Antoine Griezmann scored the second with a brilliant shot from the edge of the box (48th).
Benzema, who was desperately looking for a goal To celebrate his comeback to the squad after nearly six years, hit the post late and Sub Ousmane Dembele slipped home after the rebound (79) to complete the win.
Wales are now hosting Albania in their final warm-up game on sams day at 5 p.m. live on Sky Sports Football, before the first Euro 2020 group match against Switzerland on Saturday, June 12th at 2 p.m. in Baku.
France will meet on Tuesday, June 15 at 8 p.m., in the opening game of the EM 2020 in Munich on Germany.
France: Lloris (7), Pavard (7), Varane (6), Kimpembe (7), Hernandez (7), Tolisso (7), Pogba (8) , Rabiot (7), Griezmann (8), Mbappe (7), Benzema (7)
Subs: Kounde (6), Digne (6), Coman (6), Sissoko (6), Dembele (7), Ben Yedder (NA)
Wales: Ward (8), Roberts (7), Mepham (7), Rodon (6), Gunter (7), N Williams (5), Allen (6), Morrell (6), Bale (6), James ( 7), Wilson (6)
Subs: Moore (7), Levitt (6), Ramsey (6), Davies (6), Brooks (5), Colwill (NA)
Man of the match: Danny Ward
Wales was keen to play against France in this warm-up game as the world champions came out with as much press as their first Euro 2020 opponent Switzerland.
Although Wales promising started, France had the most chances in the first half and gained a numerical advantage in controversial circumstances.
After Ward clawed Paul Pogba’s header off brilliantly, Neco Williams blocked Benzema’s rebound with his arm, resulting in a VAR -Review led. Portuguese referee Luis Godinho missed the penalty before sending Williams off hard for believing the handball was deliberate, even though the Liverpool player was only half a meter from Benzema’s stop.
Benzema, who was killed after a blackmail scandal involving his French team-mate Mathieu Valbuena, who hasn’t been out for the French for almost six years, shot the penalty down to Ward’s right, but the goalkeeper distracted him brilliantly.
However, France took their opening goal just eight minutes later when Adrien Rabiot’s low shot Was deflected by Griezmann, was saved by Ward’s foot, but fell friendly on Mbappe to force the ball past the Welsh goalkeeper.
France lost no time in the second half and took second place three minutes after the restart. Pogba’s ball was played by Mbappe for Griezmann, who rolled a beauty off the edge into the top corner when Joe Rodon pulled away from him.
Robert Page introduced four players on the hour, introduced Aaron Ramsey, Ben Davies, Dylan Levitt and Kieffer Moore in front and resting the legs of Gareth Bale, Joe Allen, Chris Mepham and Harry Wilson.
Ramsey made a fine opening for Wales shortly after arriving on the field and brought Dan James on goal on the right in the penalty area but the Manchester United man’s shot was a good height for Hugo Lloris to fend off.
But France stepped up again when Benzema hit the post with a brilliant turn and shot off the edge, who The ball accidentally fell on Dembele to slide home.
Leicester goalkeeper Ward, Wales’ best player, again denied Benzema’s heavy header from a corner late and provided a good reason to start at the European Championship ahead of Wayne Hennessey, during end Wales made his debut when 19-year-old Robin Colwill played for Ipswich academy football only four months ago.
Gareth Bale started alongside Harry Wilson and Dan James for Wales, while Aaron Ramsey was on the bench.
Karim Benzema returned for France after an almost six-year absence and played in a strong team alongside Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe.
Even with 10 men there was a lot of positive on the defensive for a Welsh team that conceded only 10 goals in 14 games and restricted the world champions for long periods despite the blatant advantage.
« I’m not that talks about referee but it took 10 minutes to say it’s clear and obvious? I don’t even think it was a penalty. It can’t be clear and obvious if it took him that long to get it «
» Even their players said, ‘Don’t send him away.’ If it had happened against Switzerland we’d be a lot more gutted.
« I thought Danny Ward was the best player on that Place, he’s made some incredible saves. Kudos to Danny. I had chances that I would have liked to have scored with. But we can take a lot of positive things into the EM. We showed it. « Character. »
Wales will now host Albania in their final warm-up match on Saturday at 5pm live on Sky Sports Football, before the first Euro group match on Saturday, June 12th at 2pm in Baku 2020 against Switzerland.
France will meet Bulgaria in their last friendly match on Tuesday at 8:10 p.m. and then Germany in the opening game of the EM 2020 in Munich on Tuesday, June 15 at 8 p.m.
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