France beat Serbia 2-0 in their Euro 2012 warm-up game lat night, at the Stade Auguste Delaune in Reims.
A pensive French manager Laurent Blanc last night
And Yohan Cabaye played the whole game France in midfield to pick up his 12th cap, while Ben Arfa saw some action late in the game, when he replaced Malouda after 75 minutes for his 10th cap for France.
With the win France stretched their unbeaten run to 20 matches, but midfielder Yann Mvila suffered an ankle injury after only five minutes, and he now must be at least a little doubtful for the game against England on June 11th, in the Euro 2012 Championships.
An emotional Mvila broke down in tears when he was replaced so early in the game, after twisting his right ankle, and it could be bad news for France.
However, Laurent Blanc seems to think the defensive midfield player will be ready to face England in the opening match of Group D match in Donetsk, Ukraine a week on Monday.
“We can think that he will be fit for the first game. His participation in the tournament is not in question,”
“In the first half we did a lot of nice things offensively, that was positive,” “The players were in better shape than against Iceland in the 3-2 win on Sunday.”
“We were better physically but we are not ready yet, we suffered in the last 15 minutes.”
The French doctor Fabrice Bryand had good news in that it was an ankle sprain, and the ankle is not broken:
“The ankle is not broken. It’s reassuring. We, however, need 48 hours more to say if he will recover in time for the Euro.”
France went ahead early against Serbia, Bayern Munich’s Ribery scored after only 12 minutes, and just four minutes later Chelsea forward Malouda hit home a great goal from all of 30 yards out, to make it 2-0.
Les Bleus now face Estonia in a friendly in Le Mans on Tuesday night, in their build-up for the England game.
We expect Newcastle’s Ben Arfa to get a start in that game.
Here’s video of the game last night: