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Blanc calls for realistic expectations ahead of Spain clash after loss to Sweden
20/06/2012 by Goal.com
Unbeaten in 23 games, Les Bleus had been confident of progressing to the last eight as winners of Group D but they had to settle for second place and a tie against the holdersLaurent Blanc has played down France's hopes of defeating Spain in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 after watching his side stumble into the knockout stages on the back of a shock 2-0 defeat t... Full Story »
Lloris laments failure to avoid Spain after lacklustre loss
20/06/2012 by Goal.com
The goalkeeper bemoaned squandering the chance to avoid the holders in the quarter-finals after Tuesday's loss and called for his side to show fight against La RojaHugo Lloris has lamented France’s inability to avoid Spain in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 after losing 2-0 to Sweden.Two volleys from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Seb Larsson meant Les Bleus slipped behind England i... Full Story »
France's performances must improve, says Giroud
20/06/2012 by Goal.com
The Montpellier striker was pleased that the team have reached the quarter-finals, but he is certain there is a lot more to come from Laurent Blanc's side with Spain up nextFrance striker Olivier Giroud has claimed the squad know they must improve on their group stage performances if they are to get past the quarter-finals.Les Bleus managed to narrowly qualify from Group ... Full Story »
France forward Benzema: We should not kid ourselves; Spain will be favourites
20/06/2012 by Goal.com
France forward Karim Benzema freely admits that Spain will be overwhelming favourites to progress when the two sides meet in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 on Saturday.Les Bleus had been tipped by many as potential winners, but such confidence in Laurent Blanc's team now looks horribly misplaced in light of Tuesday night's 2-0 defeat by the already-eliminated Sweden in thei... Full Story »
Sweden 2 France 0: Ibra-cadabra! Zlatan magic condemns Les Bleus to Spain clash
20/06/2012 by Dailymail
He may be going home early but Zlatan Ibrahimovic left a spectacular mark on Euro 2012 on Tuesday night.On an evening when France flopped badly to allow Roy Hodgson’s England to steal first place in the group, the Sweden captain delivered the goal of the last 11 days in sweltering Kiev.Something special: Zlatan Ibrahimovic produced a finish of the highest quality in the secon... Full Story »
Analysis: France in need of 'hunting dog' Benzema
20/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
Karim Benzema's club coach Jose Mourinho once labeled him a pussy cat rather than the hunting dog he was looking for and France will need the latter version of the striker to show up if they are to go far at Euro 2012. Apart from two assists in the 2-0 Group D victory against co-hosts Ukraine, Benzema has been a disappointment and was ineffective in Tuesday's 2-0 defeat b... Full Story »
France through despite 2-0 loss to Sweden
20/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
Below-par France reached the Euro 2012 quarter-finals as Group D runners-up on Tuesday despite a superb Zlatan Ibrahimovic strike and a late Sebastian Larsson goal condemning them to a 2-0 defeat by Sweden. The French will play holders Spain in the last eight in Donetsk on Saturday with group winners England, who beat co-hosts Ukraine 1-0, facing Italy in Kiev o... Full Story »
France through despite Swede defeat
20/06/2012 by ESPNSTAR.com
France drifted into the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 despite second-half goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sebastian Larsson providing a rousing Group D send-off for already-eliminated Sweden.Second-half goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sebastian Larsson condemned the French to defeat and providing a rousing send-off for the already-eliminated Swedes.Laurent Blanc's men wer... Full Story »
Sweden v France preview - Newcastle midfielder Cabaye is an injury doubt for France
19/06/2012 by Sky Sport
France boss Laurent Blanc has warned his team not too take Sweden lightly in their final Group D game at Euro 2012.Les Bleus currently head their section and are aware that a draw will be enough to see them earn a place in the knockout stages.Sweden have lost both of their games against Ukraine and England so far, prompting concerns Blanc's side could take their eye off th... Full Story »
Nasri: We still owe France fans after South Africa World Cup debacle
18/06/2012 by Dailymail
Manchester City's Samir Nasri has admitted that France are still seeking forgiveness from their fans after their World Cup 2010 calamity. Laurent Blanc's team are top of Group D after a draw with England and an impressive 2-0 win against Ukraine on Friday night - their first victory in a tournament since the semi-final of the 2006 World Cup. However, Nasri admitted last nigh... Full Story »