INTERNATIONALS: FLORENT STRIKES FOR FRANCE

Posted on: Fri 01 Jun 2012

Florent Malouda added to the Chelsea scorers in midweek Euro 2012 warm-up games with a special strike.

Fernando Torres scored for Spain on Wednesday night and on Thursday evening in a home match against Serbia, Malouda found the top corner from 25 yards out to make it 2-0 to France early in the first-half. Franck Ribery, recovered from the injury that saw him limp out of the Champions League Final, struck the first goal.

That was the score at the final whistle although it took a good save to prevent Branislav Ivanovic scoring from a novel sight for Chelsea fans - a direct free-kick taken by the defender which was deflected by Malouda. Ivanovic played the full game for Serbia who did not qualify for Euro 2012. Malouda played 76 minutes for France who are England's first opponents.

Yossi Benayoun played the first-half for another non-qualified nation, Israel going down 2-0 away to Germany.

Oriol Romeu played the whole of Spain Under 21s' 1-0 win away to Estonia. The match was a qualifier for the European Championships at that level and the three points put the Spanish in a strong position.