WC warm-up: Italy, Iran too register wins
Lille: Jamaica suffered a humiliating 0-8 annihilation at the hands of France, as Les Bleus warmed up for Thursday’s start of the FIFA World Cup in style. Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema scored on either side of half-time along with Paris Saint-Germain’s Blaise Matuidi, before Real Sociedad’s Antoine Griezmann notched a second half brace, to power France at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, just outside of Lille Sunday, reports CMC.
France will now head to Brazil where they will contest Group E of the World Cup against Ecuador, Honduras and Switzerland. Paris Saint-Germain’s Yohan Cabaye opened the scoring in the 17th minute following a great build up between Mathieu Valbuena and Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud, and the Jamaican defence was breached again three minutes later when Cabaye’s PSG teammate Matuidi scored, thanks to decent work from Benzema.
The Real Madrid frontman then gave France a 3-0 lead eight minutes before half-time and the goal-spree continued after the break, as Giroud netted in the 53rd and Benzema got his second in the 63rd.Manchester United’s Patrice Evra set up Matuidi’s second in the 66th minute and all that was left was for Griezmann to add his brace, and he did so with aplomb. A 71st minute substitute for Giroud, Griezmann needed just six minutes to get on the scoresheet, netting from a difficult angle.
With a minute left in regular time, he showed his quality when he beat Jamaican custodian Jacomeno Barrett with a classy back heel, following a cross from Evra.Italy beat Fluminense: Ciro Immobile bagged a hat-trick as Italy warmed up for the FIFA World Cup with a 5-3 victory over Brazilian Serie A club Fluminense. Cesare Prandelli’s side looked vulnerable early as Fluminense’s Chiquinho and Carlinho netted first-half goals Sunday in Volta Redonda, 120km northwest of Rio de Janeiro, reports Xinhua.
Italy struck through Torino’s Immobile and Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne as the teams went into halftime on level footing. But the four-time World Cup winners raised their intensity after the break, with Immobile and Insigne scoring another three goals between them in the space of 11 minutes. Carvalho added another for Fluminense just after the hour before both sides tightened their defences in the final half hour.
Prandelli opted to rest strikers Mario Balotelli and Antonio Cassano while Fluminense were without their prolific forward Fred, who is in Brazil’s World Cup squad. Italy will play their first Group D match against England June 14 and then face Costa Rica June 20 and Uruguay four days later.
Iran defeats Trinidad and Tobago : Iran’s national football team defeated Trinidad and Tobago 2-0 in a FIFA World Cup warm-up match. In the match held in Sao Paulo in Brazil Sunday, Ehsan Haj-Safi and Reza Ghoochan-nejad scored the goals for Carlos Queiroz’s team, reports Xinhua. Haj-Safi gave Iran the lead in first-half stoppage time. Ghoochan-nejad scored the second goal for Iran in the 54th minute four minutes after captain Javad Nekounam could not convert the penalty kick.
Iran were held to goalless draw by Belarus and a 1-1 draw with Angola in their other World Cup warmup games last month. Iran has been drawn in Group F along with Nigeria, Argentina and Bosnia and Herzegovina.