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Friendly match of the Blues: France wins 5-0 against South Africa


The French team, with a revamped squad, easily dominated South Africa (5-0) in its second friendly match of March, this Tuesday in Lille, with in particular the 48th goal of Olivier Giroud, second top scorer Les Bleus three lengths behind Thierry Henry’s record.

Reunited in the blue jersey nine months after the Euros, Kylian Mbappé and Olivier Giroud guided France to a comfortable success against South Africa in a friendly (5-0), facilitating the integration of several neophytes, including Jonathan Clauss .

Twelve years after the last confrontation against the “Bafana Bafana”, a 2-1 defeat in the midst of the scandal of Knysna at the 2010 World Cup, it is in serenity that the Blues ended their rally in March, already projected on the 2022 World Cup. scheduled for the end of the year, and its draw scheduled for Friday in Doha.

Giroud and Mbappé side by side for the first time since the Euro

The Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d’Ascq and its 48,120 spectators offered an ideal setting to refine automation, rotate the workforce and extend the positive momentum created by the victory (2-1) Friday in Marseille against the Côte of ivory. The northern enclosure also allowed Giroud and Mbappé to find themselves side by side in the blue jersey, a first since the Euro, marked in its preparation by a small friction between the two men, the Chambérien having reproached, hollow, to the Bondynois for not serving it enough.

Tuesday, they ended the meeting with a frank hug at the exit of the AC Milan player. To reconcile these two temperaments, Antoine Griezmann had played his role wonderfully a little earlier, by offering them a caviar each.

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The first was magnified by the Paris SG player with a shot in the skylight (23rd). The second was perfectly converted by the Milanese center-forward, in a small space (33rd). And Mbappé didn’t need anyone to provoke and score a penalty late in the game (76th).

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