Register Login Live

France Cruise Past Italy

International Friendly 

Result: France 3-1 Italy

Date: 01 May 2018

Venue: Allianz Riviera

Antoine Griezmann and a couple of FC Barcelona stars were on target as France recorded a 3-1 win over Italy in an international friendly on Friday evening.

The home side got off to a good start as they broke the deadlock after nine minutes when Samuel Umtiti slotted home from close after Kylian Mbappe's initial effort had been saved by Salvatore Sirigu.

The lead was almost doubled on 21 minutes when N'Golo Kante rattled the upright with a strike from distance, before Mbappe forced Sirigu into another save a minute later.

Les Bleus were awarded a penalty on 28 minutes when Lucas Hernandez was brought to the ground. Antoine Griezmann stepped and converted the spot-kick, 2-0.

Italy did not sit back as they halved the deficit after 36 minutes, with Leonardo Bonucci tapping home from close range after a free-kick from Mario Balotelli was pushed back into the danger zone.

The final 10 minutes of the first half was a lively affair, although neither side could to the scoreline before the break.

Three minutes into the second half, the French nearly added a third goal as Ousmane Dembele hit the crossbar with a powerful strike from the edge of the box.

Dembele was not to be denied in the 63rd minute, though, as the Barcelona forward found the top corner with a fine curling strike.

The flow of the game was interrupted after 70 minutes as both coaches opted for a number of changes.

As a result, chances were hard to come by for both sides in the final 10 minutes of the half as France ran out convincing winners on the night.

nextarticle

Report: How Ronaldo Reacted To Zidane's Departure

5 comments

Top 5

Billiat Out Again For Chiefs…

76 Dec 06, 2019 10:06 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

14 Nov 24, 2019 07:17 PM in World News

SAFA Boasts Cutting Down On R80 Million

6 Dec 06, 2019 07:45 AM in PSL

Best XI To Never Win The Ballon d'Or

17 Dec 04, 2019 07:22 PM in Ballon d’Or

Teko Takes Up Coaching Role

13 Dec 06, 2019 09:03 AM in PSL

Best XI To Never Win The Ballon d'Or

17 Dec 04, 2019 07:22 PM in Ballon d’Or

Killer Rides: A Look At Mphela’s Luxury Motor Evolution

2 Dec 02, 2019 09:14 AM in Stars & Their Cars

CR7 Teammate Makes Shocking Ballon d'Or Accusation

72 Dec 03, 2019 04:32 PM in Real Madrid

Messi Calls African Star's Ballon d'Or Place 'A Shame'

30 Dec 05, 2019 08:01 PM in Ballon d’Or

Larsen Appointed New Coach Of PSL Club

14 Dec 06, 2019 10:33 AM in Siyagobhoza

9 Players Who Left Barca Because Of Messi

27 Nov 03, 2019 10:21 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

The Highest-Paid Player At Each EPL Club Revealed

21 Sep 15, 2019 07:15 PM in Cadbury

PSL Club Distances Itself From Lebese Talk

16 Dec 06, 2019 12:14 PM in PSL