France rolls against Faroe Islands, Austria next

AndrePierreGignac_2346580In a game that France needed to win in order to at least qualify for the playoffs, Les Bleus dominated the visiting Faroe Island side with a 5-0 victory at Guingamp.

Toulouse striker Andre-Pierre Gignac scored two goals in the span of five minutes, while William Gallas, Nicholas Anelka and substitute Karim Benzema scored goals as well.

From start to finish, France dominated the game. Even with the first 34 minutes being scoreless, France had a number of chances to score. Jeremy Toulalan hit the post early in the match, and William Gallas’ header in the 32nd minute hit the crossbar. The game could have easily seen a few more goals for the home side.

Both of Gignac’s goals were quite impressive. The first goal Gignac positioned himself perfectly in front of the goal as Theirry Henry and Nicholas Anelka set up the play for the Toulouse superstar. Gignac’s second goal showed his pure individual talent as he took a long past from goaltender Steve Mandanda and moved up the pitch, taking four Faroe Island defenders with him. He also looked quite impressive defensively, stealing the ball a few times from Faroe defenders.

In the second half, France continued to pile on the pressure. William Gallas, who had missed a goal earlier in the 1st half, used his head again and banged in the 3rd goal for Les Bleus. Late in the game, the Faroe Islands look like they lost their steam as both Nicholas Anelka and Karim Benzema netted goals. Les Blues dominated from start to finish.

While the play on the pitch was one sided, one player for the Faroe Islands did stand out.  Rogvi Jacobsen had a tangle with French manager Raymond Domenech in the 29th minute when Jacobsen pushed Domenech while he was throwing an out-of-bounds’s ball back into play. Jacobsen later received the boos of the crowd when he kicked another out-of-bounds ball into the stands. Jacobsen was substituted in the 79th minute with a score of boos raining down on him.

All and all it was a great game for France. France needed to have a dominate performance, and that is exactly what they did. They need to figure out a way to have Henry, Gignac and Govou on the pitch at the same time, and they did that as well. Still, it will be interesting to see is Benzema makes the starting lineup against Austria after his recent remarks about ‘not trying hard for France or while he was at Lyon’.

France will look to wrap up their World Cup qualifying group play tomorrow when they host Austria at the Stade de France. This might be the last time that France plays a WC qualifier at the 1998 World Cup final venue, as the FFF hasn’t renewed their contract with the Stade de France to continue play there after next year.

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