France Come Back To Beat Iceland 3-2 – Video

France were 2-0 down tonight at half time, before coming back  to beat Iceland 3-2 in Valenciennes.

Newcastle’s Ben Arfa in action tonight
That’s potential Newcastle target Gylfi Sigurdsson on the left

During the first period, France looked a bit of a disjointed side, and were trying to string some passes together, and Iceland went ahead after 27 minutes through Birkir Bjarnason, and he was helped by some loose marking from  Evra, as Bjarnason  beat goalkeeper Steve Mandanda  from a difficult angle.

Sigthorsson then added a second on 34 minutes, as he easily put the ball in the net from close range, after  Rurik Gislason had been allowed to put his cross in from the right wing, as Evra again was asleep.

We wonder who’s going to be on England’s right wing on June 11th, as Evra is very good when going forward, but he can be mediocre when defending.

There was some evidence in the first half that France were getting their act together, and it was Karim Benzema, who was beautifully set up by Ben Arfa, but the Real Madrid striker put the ball past the post.

Immediately after the break the Newcastle player had a chance as he was nicely set up by Benzema chesting the ball down, but the Newcastle winger shot wide and it was a decent opportunity.

Yohan Cabaye beats Gylfi Sigurdsson to the ball

Newcastle target Mathieu Debuchy pulled a goal back for France after 52 minutes after Ben Arfa helped set him up.

But then Ben Arfa was replaced by Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud, and Cabaye was replaced by Diarra after 59 minutes, and  we hope that Newcastle’s mercurial winger has done enough to make France’s final cut to 23 players for Euro2012.

And with just five minutes to go France were still 2-1 down, when Giroud put a nice pass to Ribery, and the Bayern Munich winger chipped the ball home to tie the scores at 2-2.

But then just a couple of minutes later France went ahead, and it was Giroud again, as he put in a nice header to set up Rami, who hit the ball first time into the back of the net for the win.

France struggled tonight, but at least Laurent Blanc’s team fought back in that second half to score three unanswered goals.

Here is a video of the goals:



France: Mandanda, Debuchy, Rami, Mexes, Evra, Cabaye (Diarra 59), Gourcuff (Ribery 75), Nasri (Martin 60), Ben Arfa (Giroud 59), Menez (Valbuena 75), Benzema (Malouda 60).
Subs Not Used: Carrasso, Matuidi, Reveillere, Clichy, Koscielny, Yanga M’Biwa.
Booked: Mexes.
Goals: Debuchy 52, Ribery 85, Rami 87.

Iceland: Halldorsson, Jonasson, Solvi Jonsson (Danielsson 65), Valgardsson (Skulason 58), Ragnar Sigurdsson, Bjarnason, Gunnarsson, Arnason, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Gislason (Gudmundsson 75), Sigthorsson (Hedinsson 46).
Subs Not Used: Gunnleifsson, Eggert Jonsson, Eyjolfsson, Finnbogason.
Booked: Ragnar Sigurdsson, Halldorsson.
Goals: Bjarnason 27, Sigthorsson 34.
Att: 24,000
Ref: Sebastien Delferiere (Belgium).

Comments welcome.

59 comments so far

  • Graeme

    May 27, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Sounds like Ben10 had a good game – didnt get to see it though, so not sure how he and Cabaye perfromed?

    Hope they both make it through to final squad!!

  • Shane

    May 27, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #2

    I really think I will cry if I read, “mercurial” and “Ben Arfa” in the same sentence again on this blog.

    I love you Ed and appreciate all your time but please, is there not another word you could use?

    P.s. apologies in advanced if I sound like a complete tool, too much sun and too much beer. 🙂

  • GeordieToon89

    May 27, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #3

    So Arsenal have apparently signed Llorente and will be announced Tuesday.. Surely that mean RVP is on his way?

  • nufc_eire

    May 27, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Delighted for ben arfa and also very happy that gourcuff had a shocking game. Might open up the possibility for a loan with an option to buy in the same manner we had wit ben arfa!!

  • GeordieToon89

    May 27, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Now the story has changed and he’s signed a new deal :s

  • CisseIsALegend

    May 27, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #6

    I watched the game and I was really impressed with Ben Arfa. He didn’t play any worse than ribery but I don’t think we’ve got a chance of signing giroud because his price will have gone up because of his performance today… I definitely want to sign debuchy though. Him and hatem linked up well on that right side

  • davybtoon

    May 27, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Giroud has a buy out clause if 12.5mil so his price won’t go up

  • lukes26

    May 27, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #8

    You’re right…Llorente to Arsenal to be announced on Tuesday. That’s a lot of money for Wenger to be spending. He’s worth it though.

  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    May 27, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #9

    To whoever mentioned it before- Rami- I’ve watched him lots for Valencia and is definitely a player. So good on the ball, I rate him very highly but practically no chance of signing him.

  • ilovetoon8788

    May 28, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #10

    Liverpool in talks with ryad boudebouz.. Haiz..

  • gonz

    May 28, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #11

    I watched this match and Ben Arfa was for me man of the match until Giroud was brought on and he had more of an influence on the game. HBA was very good and he’ll definitely be in the French squad during the Euro’s. Maybe I’m biased, but it seemed to me that everytime he touched the ball the French people cheered louder. He’s a very special talent and I’m glad he’s ours.
    I’d rate his performance an 8 out of 10.

    Cabaye, didn’t really do anything good nor bad. It was a solid performance in that midfield and he’ll definitely be in the starting XI against England.
    6 out of 10

    Debuchy was AWESOME! I really hope Cabaye and HBA can influence his decision as the pundits were saying Manchester United are now after him. He linked up with HBA better than Simpson ever did the whole season, plus he can actually cross the ball. He’s fast, skillful and bombs down the flank with intent. He’d do really well playing for us and it’ll be good for him to join his best friend Cabaye (both have only played for Lille) and sign for the toon.
    8 out of 10

  • Robby Bobson

    May 28, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #12

    Ben Arfa was alright, until he started linking up with benzema and wowzers, can tell them two played with each other from a young age.

    Cabaye was tidy, aggressive and very good. Did exactly what he job was.

    Debuchy…err cant really comment on his defending, he is literally a RW!

    The reason france went 2-0 was poor defending mainly by evra.

    Plus would love if liverpool sign boudebouz…he really isnt all that.

  • gonz

    May 28, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #13

    I’m not supporting England this tournament. I’ll be supporting our Newcastle players and the French team!

  • gonz

    May 28, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #14

    Debuchy wasn’t at fault for any of the goals conceded, both were Evra’s fault.

  • Robby Bobson

    May 28, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #15

    Gonz…second goal he let his man get in front of him at back post. Could have done better to be fair. But whoever enland play LM, will spend all game tracking back, he plays like Alves.

  • RonVanDam

    May 28, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #16

    Lol @ transfers in and out at the top for the page.
    Lionel Messi – £86M – Barcelona – still pending. Ed you are a funny guy

  • Brutooon

    May 28, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    Comment #17

    Hatem Ben Arfa will be against Ashley Cole

    Looking forward to that

  • ilovetoon8788

    May 28, 2012 at 5:12 AM

    Comment #18

    Really hope marveaux can go on to be a top top player for us on the left wing. His every touch oozes with quality. Imagine what a player he could be with more games.

  • Moe-NUFC

    May 28, 2012 at 5:18 AM

    Comment #19

    Unfortunately I couldn’t watch the game ..
    from the highlights Ben Arfa was looking decent .. really glad to see from the comments that he had a good game. Based on the hard work he’s putting into his game and the will to change his style for the team he thoroughly deserves to be in the national side
    It gonna be a great day for me if both Cabaye and Ben Arfa make the European championship .. it’ll also show other players that they can make it to the national side through our club 🙂

  • cyprus

    May 28, 2012 at 5:19 AM

    Comment #20

    I’m in two minds about this guy. In one, don’t want him to do well, because the world (and really big clubs) will take note and throw crazy money at him.

  • redondo77

    May 28, 2012 at 5:35 AM

    Comment #21

    Serie A out of contract players :

    Amauri, Chivu, Flamini looks good addition to the squad, but probably the wages are too high.

  • HOGC

    May 28, 2012 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #22

    Ed, can we offer Shearer a contract too?

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 28, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #23

    All of those Englishmen who use this blog and are opting to support France because of a couple of players in our team need to take a good hard look at themselves and start having a bit pride in our nation.

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 28, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #24

    JFA…What If I’m supporting Spain? Only joking, completely agree.

    If you’re English, support England ffs. All of this negativity is hardly going to help turn anything around or make the players feel “yeah, let’s get out there and do it for the country and our fans”

    Sort yourselves out lads….

  • Indian Magpie

    May 28, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #25


    But if England Managerskeep picking, players like henderson, downing and kelly. i will never support England.

    Why did WOY not pick Leon Osman and i dare say jack colback. Jack butland who??????????

  • LewSpi

    May 28, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #26

    JfA and Codarm

    Can’t help but agree fellas. There are men and women out there giving their lives for this country and some small minded people can’t even show enough pride or passion to support the football team just because it isn’t as successful as they like. I have a feeling that the gripe you hold lads, is with the FA, not the team.

  • Indian Magpie

    May 28, 2012 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #27

    Micah richards or martin Kelly.

    I think Woy is still trying to win over liverpool fans, what was wrong with scott sinclair who has been dubbed new stewart downing or Nathan dyer

  • Indian Magpie

    May 28, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #28


    i know you dont like my posts, but i agree with you countrymen supporting their country.

    BUT, the analogy or the comparison drawn is poor IMHO. you may like to read theory of relativity by Sir Isaac Newton

  • redondo77

    May 28, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #29

    Because no NUFC player(s) in England squad. England team mostly consists of players from the teams we hate.
    Mostly are Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs players.

  • graham cwarr

    May 28, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #30

    Im not supporting the players but i am supporting England. I do however disregard half the as they haven’t.even come.near to.proving their worth this year while others who haven’t been picked had excellent seasons.
    I am not supporting France.but i might stick.somee money on reach the.semis. Been a while since.they had a side of contenders.

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 28, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #31

    LewSpi….It’s completely the FA and not the team or manager. The team is frustrating and yes, we expected better from the crop of players over recent years. Roy is the type of manager that he is, that’s not going to change and nor should it, he is a good experienced manager, just not the one most wanted.

    It wont be a pretty tournament, but we should be a relatively tight unit and as we’ve seen a lot this year sometimes that is needed just to get some belief and pride back within a “team”, which is honestly something that has been missing from the England team for a while.

    “what was wrong with scott sinclair who has been dubbed new stewart downing or Nathan dyer”

    I don’t want the current Downing, let alone the new one 🙂

  • graham cwarr

    May 28, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #32

    Sorry for all the full stops. My phones being a nightmare

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 28, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #33

    I’m assuming you come from there and being a cricket loving nation I suppose you would follow a national side that has the best players and plays the most exciting football,but those of us that were born here have a duty to support our nation through good times and bad no matter whose wearing the shirt.

  • Indian Magpie

    May 28, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #34

    Calling Scott sinclair, downing was sarcasm, coz, no one would want that poison challice would they

  • graham cwarr

    May 28, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #35

    @ibiza (hovis here) lol on the downing comment. Kudos on the hodgeson comment. I believe he’s tried to counteract how little preparation Tim he has by picking many players who play in th same team already. They will already know each other quite well. I don’t like it but h may be doing th right thing.

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 28, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #36

    Redondo….which English players at NUFC did you think would get in to the England team or even should?

    STaylor…hasn’t played since before Christmas.
    RTaylor…Can’t hold down a spot at his own club.
    Simmo….His own club and fans don’t want to keep him
    Perch….Had a good half season and has improved greatly, but really? Would you pick him for your national team?

    I’m sure i’ve missed some, but I think you’ll get the general idea.

    Domestically we dislike those other teams you mention, but that’s not what playing for your Country is about. Support for the greater good.

    Graham…I wasn’t happy with the sqaud picked, but they didn’t pick themselves, did they? Also, I don’t see how you can support the team, but not the players. They form the team, right?

    I think we’ve all vented and said what we have to say, now it’s time to get behind them or the fans and media are going to end this tournament before it’s even started.

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 28, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #37

    Cwarr Hovis! Missed the name change mate 🙂

    He’s an organized, no thrills manager. Let’s see what happens. You never know, there is some quality in the team.

    Indian…No, they would not 🙂

  • Indian Magpie

    May 28, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #38

    I am a delhi Boy,

    i dont like cricket and yes i agree one should follow their country no matter what, but with indian cricket there are so many benefactors that i dont like it 1 little bit.

    I have no business telling Roy, who to pick but following BPL so closely, lets say, i would not have picked that side.

  • redondo77

    May 28, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #39


    Henderson? why he got picked? is it because he is playing in liverpool? what about AC? are they good players this season?

    Grant Holt is better, but he is playing for Norwich.

    This has been going for awhile now, even Heskey was picked because he played for Liverpool

  • Indian Magpie

    May 28, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #40

    Chuck Norris – HOVIS – Graham Cwarr – ???????????


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