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France rallies past Sweden 3-2 in friendly

France rallies past Sweden 3-2 in friendly

Sidney Govou scored two second-half goals as France rallied to beat Sweden 3-2 in a friendly celebrating the 50th anniversary of the World Cup in the Scandinavian country.
Govou gave France the lead for the first time in the match in the 61st minute, scoring with a shot from inside the box near Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson's right post off a pass from Florent Malouda to make it 2-1.
Govou scored again in the 77th, putting in a rebound from close range after taking a wonderful back-heel volley pass from Thierry Henry.
Lyon midfielder Kim Kallstrom pulled one back for Sweden with a penalty shot in the 85th.
Henrik Larsson had given Sweden a 1-0 lead just five minutes in, hitting a dazzling right-foot shot from close range that went in low near goalkeeper Steve Mandanda's right post.
It was the 37th goal in 99 internationals for Larsson, who turns 37 next month and subbed as Sweden captain in this match.
Sweden, wearing throwback jerseys from the 1958 World Cup tournament, dominated the first half but could not capitalize on its chances.
France goalkeeper Steve Mandanda made a terrific double save in the 35th when Sweden put the pressure on. Two minutes later he saved Larsson's close-range effort with a superb reflex save.
Striker Karim Benzema tied it for Les Bleus in the 19th minute, one-timing a nice cross from Bacary Sagna and roofing it from close range.
This was France's 11th straight win over Sweden since a loss in a 1969 World Cup qualifier.
Eight surviving members of Sweden's 1958 side that lost the final 5-2 to Brazil attended the match at Goteborg's Ullevi stadium.
Sweden beat Germany 3-1 in the 1958 semifinal at Ullevi while France lost 5-2 to Brazil in the other semi in Stockholm. France won the bronze-medal game 6-3 over Germany with Juste Fontaine scoring four goals.
The first match commemorating the 1958 tournament was played at Wembley in London in March when Brazil edged Sweden 1-0.
Inter Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed the game because of a sore knee.
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Lineups:
Sweden: Andreas Isaksson, Olof Mellberg (Maz von Schlebuge, 69), Daniel Majstorovic, Petter Hansson, Mikael Nilsson (Fredrik Stoor, 61), Anders Svensson, Daniel Andersson (Samuel Holmen 84), Kim Kallstrom, Christian Willehlmsson (Oscar Wendt, 46), Henrik Larsson (Marcus Berg, 61), Markus Rosenberg.
France: Steve Mandanda, Bakary Sagna, Philipe Mexes, William Gallas, Patrice Evra, Sidney Govou, Lassana Diarra, Jeremy Toullan (Yoann Gourcuff, 90), Florent Malouda (Alou Diarra, 70), Karim Benzema, Thierry Henry.


Updated : 2021-07-24 02:28 GMT+08:00