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Football: Benzema on target as France hit eight past Jamaica

Published on Jun 9, 2014 6:04 AM
 
France's forward Karim Benzema (centre) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during a friendly football match between France and Jamaica, on June 08, 2014 at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve d'Ascq, northern France, ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup football tournament -- PHOTO: AFP

LILLE, France (AFP) - Karim Benzema, Blaise Matuidi and Antoine Griezmann each scored twice as France romped to an 8-0 victory over Jamaica on Sunday, June 8, 2014, in their final World Cup warm-up game.

While Jamaica barely put up any serious opposition, the result was a welcome boost for Didier Deschamps' team two days after star striker Franck Ribery withdrew with a back injury.

Real Madrid's Benzema and Paris St Germain's Matuidi scored a goal in each half of the festive farewell to 49,000 French fans at the Lille stadium.

Benzema had a spectacular night. His first goal was a curling shot from the corner of the penalty area. The second was also a shot from the edge of the area past hapless Jamaica goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett. He also hit the post and made two goals.

"It was good for our confidence to score and to win," Benzema said after. "We are doing well."

Griezmann, one candidate to take Ribery's place, came on as a second half substitute and scored twice in 12 minutes. Yohan Cabaye and Arsenal's Olivier Giroud, the other candidate to partner Benzema, scored the other goals.

Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin, called into the squad after injuries to Ribery and midfielder Clement Grenier, came on for the final three minutes to get his first cap.

France play their first World Cup game against Honduras in Group E on June 15.

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