Karim Benzema had to leave the pitch on Tuesday as the French world champions beat Bulgaria 3-0 in a final friendly on Tuesday, a week before the start of the 2020 Euro Cup campaign. Benzema came out in the 39th minute at the Stade de France, when it was France’s last match, before taking on Germany in the Group F match of the European Championship on June 15 against Germany. France will face Portugal and Hungary as European champions. who will play two of his team’s matches in front of a large crowd at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.
The 33-year-old from Benzema was remembered with great fanfare by the national team after almost six years in exile, but his replacement Olivier Giroud showed why he was considered one of the favorites of the Les Bleus tournament with a late key to his France.
Giroud, 34, now has just five goals from top scorer Thierry Henry in France, but when Benzema returns he will be out.
“When people call me, the most important thing is to get the job done,” Giroud told the M6 broadcaster.
“I had good teamwork. They know where I’m going to be in the box, so I’ve tried to finish well.”
Antoine Griezmann scored his first goal in the face of the 5,000 fans who were celebrating the return to live football at the stadium.
Charlene Lecuir was one of those lucky enough to get a ticket to Tuesday’s match, and she told AFP when she found out she was going to let out a “shout of joy”.
Fans were allowed to test negative for Covid-19 within the previous 48 hours or if they could prove that the virus was completely inoculated.
– Benzema’s ‘dead leg’ –
Fans were worried, thanks to France already Griezmann, Benzema sat in the middle of the pitch and was examined by his teammates after he fell head over heels a few minutes earlier.
He then left the pitch, but French coach Didier Deschamps was injured, saying he was “dead leg”.
“He gave a good blow to the muscle above the knee,” Deschamps told M6.
“He stopped playing because he felt hardened … the medical staff are by his side.”
Benzema has been sidelined since 2015 by Les Bleus for his role in a blackmail plot by Mathieu Valbuena, a former international teammate.
They lost the 2018 French World Cup victory and the race for the 2016 Euro Cup final on home soil.
Benzema has scored 27 goals in France and was named the best French foreign player this season by the country’s players ’association last season.
He scored 29 goals for Real Madrid last season and has surpassed 20 league goals in three seasons since Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Juventus in 2018.
On the other hand, due to a positive test by captain Sergio Busquets in Covid-19, a Spanish team of young players beat Lithuania 4-0, leaving the first team isolated.
Hugo Guillamon started the Rout in the fourth minute with AC Milan striker Brahim Diaz 20 minutes later before doubling the lead.
Abel Ruiz missed a penalty in the half hour but nine minutes after the break Juan Miranda made a three-pointer with a perfectly placed free kick. Javi Puado rounded off the score in the 73rd minute.
Spain, whose national team will be vaccinated on Wednesday, the country’s health ministry announced on Monday that it will open Group E against Sweden in Sweden on Monday.
The Swedes also had the virus, and on Tuesday announced positive tests for Dejan Kulusevski and Mattias Svanberg.
Robert Lewandowski was unsuccessful as Poland drew 2-2 at home to Iceland, Karol Swiderski replaced striker Bayern Munich and saved the Poles ’reds with two minutes left.
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