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Saturday, November 12, 2005

France couldn't beat Germany

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France and Germany couldn't break the deadlock in the friendly match at the Stade de France. At the same time, Henry wasn't able to score over team mate Lehmann.

The game was a physical affair with the Germans setting the pace right from the start of the encounter when Sebastian Deisler sent a perfect cross from the right towards striker Lukas Podolski.

The striker hit a powerful shot which flew narrowly over Coupet's crossbar. The visitors had the most opportunities in the first 18 minutes with Deisler, in particular, putting a lot of pressure on the French defence.

Thierry Henry, who scored Les Bleus' winning goal in their victory over Costa Rica, had a chance in the 19th minute but failed to control his right-foot strike.

Five minutes later he fired a free-kick over the crossbar but Germany kept control of the match until the end of the first half.

In the 44th minute Deisler limped off the pitch after injuring his ankle following a clash with William Gallas.

After the interval substitute Nicolas Anelka crossed the ball towards David Trezeguet who missed his shot, while Coupet made two impressive saves in the 54th and 65th minutes following strikes from midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Captain Michael Ballack sent a header wide after connecting with a free-kick in the 70th minute but France regained some of their energy in the last 10 minutes of the clash.

Alou Diarra stole the ball from Ballack and crossed it towards Djibril Cisse but the Liverpool hitman failed to control his shot and the ball slid past the right post.

On the stroke of full-time Cisse crossed towards Anelka but the ball was diverted away to safety by Per Mertesacker.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Henry to face Teammate in France - Germany match

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Thierry Henry and the french national team will play against Lehmann's Germany at the Stade de France on Saturday. Arsenal teammates will face on the field.

"How do you stop Thierry Henry?" German goalkeeper Lehmann was wondering. "You have to block midfield and not give him any space to play. Once he has the ball, he is very quick, very technical and can create opportunities from nothing."

France, who had to wait until their last qualifier to seal their place at next year's World Cup finals in Germany, can turn to recent history for inspiration.

The last time they played Germany, two years ago in Gelsenkirchen, they won 3-0 with an impressive display. Henry had been instrumental that night, scoring a goal and setting up another.

Saturday's match will go ahead as planned despite the urban violence that has flared across France but there will be extra security measures around the stadium on the outskirts of Paris.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Arsenal wins thanks to Henry double score

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Arsenal FC got a great victory as Thierry Henry's returned from injury gathered pace yesterday to help the Gunners swept bottom club Sunderland aside to climb to third in the English Premiership table.

Henry claimed Arsenal's second and third goals in a 3-1 win at Highbury to make it five goals from four starts for the club captain since his return from a six-week lay-off.

Centre-back Alan Stubbs gave Sunderland some hope 15 minutes from time but Henry stifled any fightback with his second goal with eight minutes left.

Defeats for Manchester City and Charlton helped Arsenal climb into the top three, though unfancied Wigan's 2-0 win at Portsmouth kept it in second, five points clear of the Gunners.

Arsenal is 11 points adrift of leader Chelsea and manager Arsene Wenger will be hoping Manchester United can halt the champion juggernaut at Old Trafford today.