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Benzema Brace Inspire France Rout

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Result: France 4-0 Armenia

Date: 08 October 2015

Venue: Allianz Riviera

Karim Benzema bagged a brace as France thumped Armenia 4-0 in an international friendly on Thursday evening.

The French nearly opened the scoring after just five minutes when Karim Benzema teed up Yohan Cabaye in the area, but the midfielder's effort sailed just over the crossbar.

Borussia Dortmund's Henri Mkhitaryan caused a few problems for France for most of the opening stages of the first half.

Armenia went close to going ahead in the 25th minute after Sakho failed to deal with a through-ball, which found Sarkisov, who was thwarted by Hugo Lloris.

France eventually broke the deadlock in the 35th minute when Antoine Griezmann played a neat one-two with Benzema, before firing into the roof of the net from close range.

The host doubled their advantage 10 minutes into the second half as Cabaye picked up possession on the edge of the box, before rifling an effort into the bottom corner.

Benzema should have added a third for Le Blues in the 59th minute but the Real Madrid striker could only fire his effort wide of the mark at the near post.

France coach, Didier Deschamps, made a double change after the hour-mark, introducing Manchester United duo, Anthony Martial and Morgan Schneiderlin.

Benzema eventually got his name on the score-sheet in the 78th minute, as the Real striker rose highest to head home Griezmann's corner.

The home side got their fourth just a minute later as Benzema broke free through middle, before calmly slotting into the bottom corner to round off a comfortable victory.

 

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