[FRANCE-USA] France beat the USA 1-0 thanks to sub Loic Remy's goal in the 72nd minute in their friendly Friday at the Stade de France. The loss dropped the USA's record to 1-4-1 under Jurgen Klinsmann with two goals in six games.
Remy easily held off the challenge of Clarence Goodson on a ball played over the top by Marvin Martin and beat Tom Howard to the far post.
The goal came only minutes after another ball over the top forced Howard to make stops on subs Remy and Olivier Giroud, who had just entered the game.
France piled on the pressure early in the second half. Karim Benzema hit the crossbar with a header and a minute later the Real Madrid striker had a free kick brilliantly saved by U.S. keeper Tim Howard.
France had almost all the possession but few concrete chances in the first. Its best came when Jeremy Menez shot over the bar from 10 yards out.
The French left the field at the half to whistles from the St. Denis crowd.
The Americans created few chances and had little possession. The French defense had no trouble shutting down the Americans when they didn't lose the ball with poor touches and passes.
Nov. 11 in St. Denis
France 1 USA 0. Goal: Remy 72.
France -- Lloris; Debuchy, Rami, Koscielny, Mathieu; Menez, M’Vila (Gonalons, 59), Diarra, Ribery (Remy, 64); Benzema (Martin, 64), Gameiro (Giroud, 59).
USA -- Howard; Cherundolo, Goodson, Bocanegra, Chandler; Williams (Johnson, 71), Beckerman (Jones, 66), Edu (Buddle, 77); Dempsey, Altidore, Shea (Beasley, 71).