Benzema exits early while France beat Bulgaria found in final pre-Euro friendly

June 09, 2021 Sports
Karim Benzema was forced to leave the pitch with a dead leg on Tuesday as globe champions France defeat Bulgaria 3-0 in their final friendly seven days before you begin their Euro 2020 plan.

Benzema was removed in the 39th minute at the Stade De France found in what's France's last meet before they undertake Germany within their opening Group F meet of the European Championship against Germany on June 15.

France also face reigning European champions Portugal and Hungary, who will take up two of their group fits before big crowds in the Puskas Arena in Budapest.

The 33-year-old Benzema have been recalled with great fanfare to the national team following a close to six-year exile, but his replacement Olivier Giroud showed why Les Bleus are believed among the favourites for the tournament with a later brace which took his France total to 46.

Giroud, 34, is currently just five goals behind France's all-time leading scorer Thierry Henry but is going to be sidelined when Benzema returns.

"When people ask me, the most crucial thing is to do the work," Giroud informed broadcaster M6.

"I had good assistance from my teammates. They know where I'll maintain the box so I just tried to complete well."

Antoine Griezmann scored the opening goal before 5,000 joyous supporters who actually were also celebrating their go back to live football found in the stadium.

Charlene Lecuir was one of those fans lucky enough to have a ticket for Tuesday's meet, and told AFP she let out a "scream of enjoyment" when she learned she'd be attending.
Fans were allowed found in if they had a poor evaluation for Covid-19 within the prior 48 hours or proof that they had been completely innoculated for the virus.

- Benzema's 'dead leg' -

The supporters were worried when, with France already ahead thanks to Griezmann, Benzema sat down in the middle of the pitch and was checked over by team doctors after having fallen heavily when attempting a header a couple of minutes earlier.

Then left the field, but France instructor Didier Deschamps played straight down the harm, saying it was a "dead leg".

"He took a good strike on the muscles above the knee," Deschamps told M6.

"He stopped using because he felt it hardening... the medical personnel are in his side."

Benzema have been sidelined by Les Bleus since 2015 above his alleged role found in a blackmail plot involving his former international teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

He missed from France's 2018 World Glass win and their set you back the Euro 2016 last on home soil.

Benzema has scored 27 goals for France and was first last month named due to this season's best French foreign-based person by the country's players' association.

He scored 29 goals last season for Real Madrid, passing 20 group goals in every three seasons since Cristiano Ronaldo still left for Juventus in 2018.

Elsewhere a Spain side made up of young players because of captain Sergio Busquets' positive Covid-19 test, which resulted in the entire earliest team squad being devote isolation, thumped Lithuania 4-0.

Hugo Guillamon began the rout in the fourth minute before AC Milan forward Brahim Diaz doubled their lead 20 minutes later.

Abel Ruiz missed a good penalty on the half-hour mark but nine minutes following the break Juan Miranda managed to get three with a properly located free-kick. Javi Puado curved off the scoring in the 73rd minute.

Spain, whose first workforce squad will come to be vaccinated on Wednesday according to the country's health ministry, open their Euro campaign found in Group E against Sweden in Seville on Monday.

The Swedes are also influenced by the virus, announcing on Tuesday positive tests for Dejan Kulusevski and Mattias Svanberg.

Robert Lewandowski drew a blank seeing that Poland drew 2-2 aware of Iceland, Karol Swiderski replacing the Bayern Munich forward and saving the Poles' blushes with several minutes remaining.
Source: Daily-sun - Sports News