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Henry on the bench against Romania in Euro 2008 Group C match

Henry on the bench against Romania in Euro 2008 Group C match

France was without captain Patrick Vieira, and striker Thierry Henry was on the bench Monday for the team's opening European Championship match against Romania.
Vieira is recovering from a left thigh tear, while Henry has not trained properly since leaving midway through a training session Thursday. The FC Barcelona striker has been troubled by a sciatic nerve injury and sore hamstrings for the past two seasons.
Nicolas Anelka takes Henry's place in attack with 20-year-old Lyon striker Karim Benzema, who scored 31 goals in his first full season. Jeremy Toulalan fills in for Vieira in central midfield alongside veteran Claude Makelele.
The French defense is marshaled by veteran Lilian Thuram, who will play with William Gallas, Eric Abidal and Willy Sagnol _ France's back four at the 2006 World Cup. Gregory Coupet is the goalkeeper.
Romania coach Victor Piturca left off strikers Marius Niculae and Ciprian Marica in favor of 23-year-old attacking midfielder Banel Nicolita. Otherwise, there were no surprises.
Adrian Mutu and Daniel Niculae lead Romania's attack, while Cristian Chivu plays just in front of the defense. Mutu was one of the best scorers in Serie A last season with 17 goals. Bogdan Lobont is the goalkeeper.
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Lineups:
France: Gregory Coupet, Willy Sagnol, Lilian Thuram, William Gallas, Eric Abidal, Franck Ribery, Claude Makelele, Jeremy Toulalan, Florent Malouda, Nicolas Anelka, Karim Benzema.
Romania: Bogdan Lobont, Cosmin Contra, Gabriel Tamas, Dorin Goian, Razvan Rat, Razvan Cocis, Mirel Radoi, Cristian Chivu, Banel Nicolita, Adrian Mutu, Daniel Niculae.


Updated : 2021-05-17 21:17 GMT+08:00