Monday, May 26, 2014

France vs Norway International Friendly 27-05-2014

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France vs Norway - Competition: International Friendly
Match date: Tuesday, May 27 2014
Kick Off Time: 20:00 GMT
Venue: Stade de France (Paris - St. Denis, France)

For the French team it was a tough journey to the World Cup in Brazil. They had to play two relegation games against Ukraine to fix their attendance in Brazil. Playing away in the Ukraine they lost the first game 0:2 and needed a miracle in the second match at home. But in the end they scored three times. The game ended 3:0 and they were able to book their flights to Brazil. In this year 2014 they played once against the Netherlands and won 2:0. Benzema and Matuidi scored already in the first half and the game was done. In June 2014 they will be playing another two friendly games. The first one against Paraguay, the second one against Jamaica. Keeper Mandanda will not be joining the team in Brazil. He will miss due to an injury. Manchester City Star, Samir Nasri will also miss the World Cup, manager Dechamps didn’t nominate him. The game against Norway will be a nice first test after a long season.
 Probable lineups France: Lloris – Debuchy, Koscielny, Mangala, Evra – Mavuba, Cabaye – Ribery, Pogba, Matuidi – Giroud

For Norway a friendly game against France is always a prestigious event. France is still a big football nation and also a secrete favourite for the win of the World Cup in Brazil. In contradiction to France, Norway already played three friendly games in this year. France only played once against the Netherlands. Norway drew 2:2 against the Czech Republic in March. In January they won against Moldau and lost 0:3 against Poland. So it is obvious that the recent results haven’t been that impressive. The next two test games against France and Russia a couple of days later, will be important for Norway. Looking forward to the European Championship qualification they now need to find the right team for this next task. Their first opponent in the qualification will be Italy, a similar calibre like France or Russia. 
 Probable lineups Norway: Nyland – Linnes, Hangeland, Forren, Hogli – Nordtveit, Johansen – Jenssen, Tettey, Elyounoussi – Nielsen

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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