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France beats Costa Rica 2-1 in friendly

France beats Costa Rica 2-1 in friendly

Mathieu Valbuena scored on his international debut as France beat Costa Rica 2-1 in a World Cup warmup on Wednesday, with Raymond Domenech's team showing encouraging signs in a new attacking formation.
The Marseille winger hit a low shot past goalkeeper Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas in the 83rd minute after coming off the bench in the second half.
Carlos Hernandez gave Costa Rica the lead in the 12th minute with a low shot which bounced under the body of France goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.
France equalized when Franck Ribery's cross from the left deflected in off defender Douglas Sequeira.
Arsenal defender William Gallas played his first match since March 31 after recovering from a calf injury, and was replaced by Sebastien Squillaci at halftime.


Updated : 2021-06-24 15:00 GMT+08:00