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Matuidi Brace Guides France Past Serbia

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Result: France 2-1 Serbia

Date: 07 September 2015

Venue: Stade Bordeaux

Blaise Matuidi netted a brace to help France secure a 2-1 win over Serbia in an international friendly on Monday night.

The French broke the deadlock after just nine minutes, when Blaise Matuidi rose well to head home Bacary Sagna's cross from the right.

Predrag Rajkovic came to Serbia's rescue in the 16th minute, the shot-stopper pulled off a fine save to keep out Olivier Giroud's close range effort.

Hugo Lloris was called into action at the other end two minutes later when he made a fine reflex save to deny Mitrovic from inside the area.

Le Blues doubled their advantage in the 25th minute when Matuidi volleyed home a sublime effort from the edge of the area for his second goal of the game.

However, Serbia managed to pull a goal back just before the halftime break, after Lazar Markovic's volley deflected in off Aleksandar Mitrovic's knee.

France head coach, Didier Deschamps, made two changes at the start of the second half, introducing Mathieu Debuchy and Geoffrey Kondogbia.

Antoine Griezmann nearly added a third for Le Blues in the 52nd minute but the Atletico Madrid forward failed to beat Rajkovic twice in quick succession.

Serbian substitute, Zoran Tosic, nearly reduced the deficit in the 64th minute, as the former Manchester United winger skipped past Mangala, before rifling an effort just wide of the upright.

The home side managed to see out the remaining stages of the half with relative ease and also introduced the likes of Anthony Martial Karim Benzema.


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