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Monday, September 04, 2006

France beat Georgia 3-0 in Euro qualifier

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In a very nice match, France easely defeated Georgia 3-0. It was their opening Euro 2008 qualifier in Tblisi on Saturday (September 2nd).

Indeed, goals from Florent Malouda and Louis Saha ensured the World Cup runner-ups were 2-0 ahead at the break, while an own-goal from Malkhaz Asatiani, which was later credited to Thierry Henry, just after the restart increased their score.

In fact, France travelled to Tblisi in Georgia for their opening Euro 2008 Group B qualifying match on Saturday.

The World Cup runner-ups were favoured to take maximum points from the game and they did not disappoint.

As early as the seventh minute they were in front thanks to a goal from Florent Malouda.

The Lyon player took a pass from Franck Ribery on the wing and fired a left-footed shot into the bottom corner of the net.

And ten minutes later the visitors doubled their score. Once again Ribery was the provider and Louis Saha calmly struck the ball home.

Arsenal star Thierry Henry could have made it 3-0 to France just before the half-hour mark.

However, the free-kick from the Arsenal striker was just too high and the ball sailed over the crossbar.

Henry would be credited with France's third goal just a minute after the restart, although the ball was actually inadvertently directed into his own net by Georgia fullback Malkhaz Asatiani.

France could well have added to their scoreline.

This opportunity, which fell to Malouda, was one of several they had in the second half. The game was all for France.

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