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Germany 1-0 France: Germany get the better of the midfield battle

July 5, 2014
Germany 1-0 France: Germany get the better of the midfield battle

Mats Hummels’ early header from a Toni Kroos free-kick was the difference in a peculiarly tame, flat contest.
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France 2-0 Nigeria: France prosper when returning to a one-striker system

July 1, 2014
France 2-0 Nigeria: France prosper when returning to a one-striker system

France took a while to show their best football, but dominated the final half hour.
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France: surprisingly promising

June 12, 2014
France: surprisingly promising

Of all the players omitted from their nation’s World Cup squad, Samir Nasri was the biggest-name absence.
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Ukraine 2-0 France: France lack creativity with the ball, and lack structure without it

November 18, 2013
Ukraine 2-0 France: France lack creativity with the ball, and lack structure without it

Ukraine are halfway to the World Cup, after a surprise 2-0 victory over France. Mykhaylo¬†Fomenko’s XI was fairly typical of his recent line-ups, although Roman Zozulya hasn’t always played upfront, and Edmar was fielded in an advanced role. Didier Deschamps left out Mathieu Valbuena and played Samir Nasri instead, with Olivier Giroud favoured over Karim Benzema...
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France 0-1 Spain: both sides use one wide player for ball retention and the other for direct attacks

March 28, 2013
France 0-1 Spain: both sides use one wide player for ball retention and the other for direct attacks

Spain recorded a narrow victory, and go one point clear of France at the top of Group I. Didier Deschamps used Patrice Evra rather than Gael Clichy at left-back, and the late withdrawal of Mamadou Sakho saw Laurent Koscielny start at centre-back. But the key change was higher up – from the side that defeated...
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