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Benzema gets France back on track
by Paul Kennedy, September 7th, 2010 5:53PM

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TAGS:  european championship, france


[EURO 2012 QUALIFYING] Karim Benzema, excluded from France's World Cup team in part because of concerns about his attitude, returned to the Bleus' starting lineup against Bosnia-Herzegovina Tuesday and scored a brilliant individual goal to help get them back on track with a 2-0 win.

Benzema was kept out of Friday's 1-0 loss at home to Belarus with an ankle injury, but he started in Sarajevo and won the Euro 2012 qualifier with a left-footed shot in the 72nd minute after beating two defenders with a nifty move.

Florent Malouda scored the second goal six minutes later to ensure France's first win in three games under new coach Laurent Blanc.



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