France’s Paul Pogba celebrates with Team mates

France’s Paul Pogba celebrates with Team mates

France got their World Cup preparations underway with an impressive 4-0 victory against Norway at the Stade de France

It was Paul Pogba who put the home side ahead – cheered by a confident and happy French crowd glad to see a united French team – when he headed in unmarked from a Mathieu Valbuena cross from the left wing. France looked the more energetic and creative side, but did not have it all their own way.

Towards the end of the first half, Tom Hogli was set free by Joshua King’s surging run, but Stephane Ruffier, making his second French appearance, palmed away his shot from a tight angle.

In the second half, it took France seven minutes to get their second, when Olivier Giroud’s great finish over Orjan Nyland settled the game. Loic Remy added a third just moments after coming on as a substitute, and just moments later Valbuena set up Giroud for a fourth.

France have left their home country on a high note, and have two more friendlies to prepare for the World Cup. Should things continue to improve at such a rate as this, they could be the surprise team of the tournament. Didier Deschamps has turned a collection of players into a team, for now at least.

AP

 

 

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