France Vs. England, Euro 2012: Benzema Tries His Luck

France suddenly burst into life as Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema drops back a little bit deeper and combines with goalscorer Samir Nasri. Eventually the pair work some space about 25 yards from goal, although a shot looks almost impossible with Benzema's body shape, but it's not for nothing that he's Jose Mourinho's favourite striker, and he's able to unleash a piledriver which Joe Hart has to get down to save.

At the other end of the pitch, Glen Johnson attempts a long-range goal on his favoured left foot, but his effort blazes high and wide over Hugo Lloris' crossbar. We haven't mentioned Lloris much, because England haven't really done anything to test him since the Joleon Lescott goal. Both teams are, perhaps, missing a cutting edge at the moment. That's more excusable for England than it is for France, looking at their lineups.

We have live coverage in our France vs. England, Euro 2012 StoryStream. For more on Euro 2012 and the entire world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on twitter.

In This Article

Teams
Players
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.