“They move the ball so well and spread the game that it became really difficult for us,” Australia coach Holger Osieck said. “We lost by a big margin, but you also have to consider the quality of the French team.” After Giroud missed a good chance when being set up by Ribery – the Arsenal striker shot straight at goalkeeper Mitch Langerak – France scored a penalty when David Carney was judged to have handled the ball from Ribery’s cross. Ribery netted his 15th international goal with a rising shot over Langerak, who guessed to the right. Giroud got his first of the night eight minutes later. He was off balance and the ball was slightly behind him when he received Ribery’s pass, but he showed great technique to delicately clip a curling shot over Langerak’s head for his fourth international goal. He got his fifth 10 minutes later, neatly side-footing the ball past Langerak after Ribery and Nasri had carved open Australia’s defense with one-touch passing and Nasri pulled the ball back perfectly from the left. Australia was in total disarray as France poured forward in a blur of pass and move that must have had Deschamps smiling from the sidelines and Cabaye made it 4-0 with only 30 minutes played. “We made the game easy because we were efficient and created chances,” France coach Didier Deschamps said. “We played with a lot of fluidity. We put them under pressure all the time.” This time, Nasri played Ribery into space and he showed great awareness to pick out Cabaye’s late run to the edge of the area. Cabaye did not even break stride as he struck a superb shot into the bottom corner.
Confidence returning to improving France team
Credit: Reuters/Gali Tibbon/Pool JERUSALEM | Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:15pm EDT JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called the leaders of Britain and France to urge them not to ease sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, ahead of talks between Iran and world powers. An Israeli official said on Saturday Netanyahu phoned British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande to tell them sanctions were close to achieving their goal. “Until Iran dismantles its military nuclear program, sanctions must not be eased – on the contrary. Only the pressure brought Iran to this point, and only the continuation of pressure and its strengthening can bring them to dismantle their nuclear program,” Netanyahu was quoted as saying. The Israeli leader met U.S. President Barack Obama last week in Washington and made a speech at the U.N. General Assembly in which he said Israel was ready to stand alone to deny Iran nuclear weapons. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country’s nuclear program is for peaceful civilian purposes and since his June election victory has been trying to ease friction with the West in an attempt to win relief from international sanctions. Western diplomats have played down any suggestion Iran’s new openness will result in an immediate loosening of sanctions. But they are also hoping that talks on October 15-16 between six world powers – including Britain and France – and Iran will deliver an opportunity to make progress on ending the decade-long dispute. Israel is widely believed to have the Middle East’s only nuclear arsenal. (Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; editing by Andrew Roche)
There was another welcome sight: Karim Benzema scoring again for the first time since June last year. After ending his 15-match run without a France goal, Benzema was quick to play it down. “I knew it wouldn’t last 10 years. But once again, the most important thing is the team, not me,” the Real Madrid striker said. “It had been a while. I’m very happy but it’s not just about my goal. You have to talk about the match, how spectacular it was. If it was 6-0 then that’s down to the whole team.” Benzema remains under pressure, however, and in the last two games has lost his starting place to Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud, who scored twice and led the line brilliantly against the Australians with his touch and link play. “Giroud must take credit,” Deschamps said. “He started against Belarus and yesterday, and he also scored.” Giroud said in an interview leading up to the game that he felt he had earned the right to start at No. 9. “We scored six, that’s why I’m smiling today, and because I scored twice.