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France Finding Form Again

Abdoulwahid Sissoko of France jumps for the ball with Mexico's Diego De Buen

The senior side just looked like getting started again under Laurent Blanc, but last night’s draw with Belarus underlined the fact that maybe France aren’t back to their best.

Even though things aren’t looking too bright for the senior side, the Under 21s are celebrating a superb start to this year’s Toulon Tournament.

They defeated the highly-fancied Mexico 4-1 on Thursday and play their second match today against China, a game that everyone expects them to win.

Anthony Knockaert got the French off to a flying start after only five minutes into the game.

The hosts were then pegged back as Guadalajara striker Ulises Davila grabbed the equaliser.

After having a poor season, Joseph Monrose was surprised to get called up for the France squad, let alone start the game. However, he grabbed the side’s second goal as they took the lead just before half-time.

Upcoming star of the French game, Yannis Tafer, scored the third for France just into the second-half and France’s free-flowing passing football meant that there was never any doubt of who would win this encounter.

Nimes striker Nicolas Benezet got the final goal for France as they are top of Group B after one round of games.

Elsewhere in that group, Hungary thrashed China 3-0. Goals from Mate Katona, Marko Futacs and Marton Eppel secured the win.

In Group A, there are strong signs of a real upcoming talent. After finishing joint-second top scorer at this year’s South American Youth Championship, Colombia midfielder Edwin Cardona grabbed two goals in his side’s 4-1 demolition of Ivory Coast.

The 18-year-old will surely be attracting some interest in the transfer market as he was absolutely prolific in the South American Youth Championship and is showing no signs of it being just an one-off.

James Rodriguez and Luis Muriel got the other goals all before half-time in Colombia’s victory before an own-goal by Pedro Franco was Ivory Coast’s only consolation.

This win came after Colombia drew their opening fixture with Portugal. James Rodriguez was on the scoresheet again whilst Amido Baldé scored Portugal’s goal.

Ivory Coast are currently bottom of the group after Italy defeated them 2-0 in their opener. Goals from Alberto Paloschi and Manolo Gabbiadini secured that win for the Italians.

Italy went on to draw with Portugal in their second game. Both Gabbiadini and Baldé scored their second goals of the tournament in the game.

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About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.



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