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France thrashes Jamaica in final warm-up

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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

While Jamaica barely put up any serious opposition, Sunday's result was a welcome boost for Didier Deschamps' team two days after winger 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.

"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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