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Norway beat new look France 2-1

08-12-2010 10:27 BJT

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And French Coach Laurent Blanc started his reign with defeat to Norway. However, his new look squad were lively in the opening period and when Guillaume Hoarau nodded on to Moussa Sissoko's, he should have done better with his volley.

Not a single member of the World Cup squad made Blanc's team and his 'Les Bleus Nouveaux' might have found the formula to restore some French pride. But Moussa Sissoko's 30th minute volley forced an awkward save out of Norway 'keeper Jon Knudsen.

When Christian Grindheim released John Arne Riise down the left, his cross was meant for Mohammed Abdellaoue, but French defender Adil Rami got a vital touch to steer the ball wide.

The opening goal came came three minutes after the restart. Yann M'Vila played in Hatem Ben Arfa, his wicked low drive gave Blanc's men an encouraging start to the second half.

The usual raft of substitutions took place at half time and it was Marseille's striker Hatem Ben Arfa who made the difference with his spectacular long-range effort, but French joy would be short lived.

Soon after, Norway were on level terms when Morten Gamst Pedersen found Erik Huseklepp. He skipped away from his marker and volleyed past Stephane Ruffier.

Pedersons free kick found Erik Huseklepp and the 25 year-old SK Brann striker equalised in style - French keeper Stephane Ruffier will be disappointed with his effort to keep the ball out.

When Real Madrid man Lassana Diarra miscontrolled the ball with 20 minutes left, Bjorn Riise thread the ball through to Huseklepp and he found the back of the net with what would prove to be the winner. 2-1 is how it stayed and Laurent blancs young team will want to improve next time out.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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