France sweep aside Estonia
Karim Benzema scored twice as France produced an impressive display in their final friendly game before Euro 2012 to demolish Estonia 4-0.
Last Updated: 05/06/12 10:41pm
Karim Benzema scored twice as France produced an impressive performance in their final friendly game before Euro 2012 to demolish Estonia 4-0.
Les Bleus took the lead through Franck Ribery before Benzema struck either side of half-time to put them firmly in the driving seat.
Substitute Jeremy Menez then wrapped up the victory in stoppage time to cap a commanding display in Le Mans.
The opener arrived after 24 minutes when Benzema supplied the pass which Ribery drilled into the bottom-right corner.
France were two goals to the good after 36 minutes thanks to Benzema, who superbly controlled a corner from Florent Malouda before smashing the ball high into the net from the left side of the area.
The Real Madrid striker was on target again two minutes after the interval, teaming up once more with Ribery, who flashed in a cross from the right wing which Benzema side-footed home.
Estonia battled hard in an effort to get back into the match and almost snatched a goal two minutes from time with a shot from Vladimir Voskoboinikov which Hugo Lloris had to dive low to his left to turn away.
But France had the final say in stoppage time when Menez stroked home from the centre of the area.
Laurent Blanc's men will fly out to Ukraine on Wednesday before opening their European campaign against England on Monday.