Olivier Giroud and Nabil Fekir were on target as France stepped up their World Cup preparations by beating the Republic of Ireland 2-0 in Paris on Monday evening.
Chelsea striker Giroud bundled in the opener at the Stade de France, and Lyon captain Fekir — who has been linked with a move to Liverpool — got the second just before the break, with a helping hand from Ireland goalkeeper Colin Doyle.It was a very comfortable victory for Didier Deschamps’ side in the first of three friendly matches before they head to Russia.
Les Bleus will also host Italy in Nice on Friday and the United States in Lyon on June 9, with their opening World Cup fixture against Australia in Kazan on June 16.
“The game maybe didn’t meet all my expectations, but we controlled it well, got the breakthrough before half-time and our movement was good, so there were plenty of good things to take from it,” said Deschamps.
Pre-World Cup Warm-up Results
Italy 2 (Balotelli 21, Belotti 69) vs Saudi Arabia 1 (Al-Sherhri 72)
Portugal 2 (Silva 22, Mario 34) vs Tunisia 2 (Badri 39, Ben Youssef 64)
France 2 (Giroud 40, Fekir 43) vs Republic of Ireland 0