Dembele gem caps France win over Italy

first_img0Shares0000Dembele scored and also hit the bar as France displayed their wealth of attacking talent against Italy © AFP / FRANCK FIFENICE, France, Jun 2 – Ousmane Dembele scored a terrific goal in an impressive display for France as the World Cup contenders defeated Italy 3-1 in a friendly in Nice on Friday.Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti grabbed the opening goal after eight minutes at the Allianz Riviera, converting a rebound from close range after Kylian Mbappe’s volley was saved by Salvatore Sirigu. N’Golo Kante fired against the post from distance as Sirigu produced a fine fingertip save, but Antoine Griezmann added a second from the penalty spot following a foul on Lucas Hernandez by Rolando Mandragora.Italy cut the deficit before the break when Leonardo Bonucci alertly followed up after Hugo Lloris failed to deal with a powerful Mario Balotelli free-kick.Balotelli forced Lloris to save low with his foot within seconds of the restart after half-time, while Dembele rattled the crossbar moments later having burst past a pair of Italy defenders.But the Barcelona forward sealed victory on 63 minutes, curling a sublime first-time shot into the top corner after Mbappe’s searing run was halted on the edge of the area.“There are lots of things that pleased me beyond the three goals,” France coach Didier Deschamps told French television station TF1.“It could have been a bigger scoreline. If we had been more efficient we could have been at ease a bit earlier.“We’re not going to get carried away, there’s still a second part of our preparation ahead of us.”Paul Pogba though was jeered by a section of home fans in the second half after a misplaced pass, and again when he was replaced by Steven N’Zonzi with five minutes remaining.Pogba didn’t have his best night and was whistled by supporters in the second half © AFP / VALERY HACHEDespite an underwhelming display from the Manchester United midfielder, Griezmann quickly sprang to his team-mate’s defence.“The whistles are part of football, you have to stay tough mentally. We’re all playing for the same shirt. He plays his game, you’re used to him scoring. We don’t expect that from him, only that he rotates the ball and plays for the team,” Griezmann said.“He has had a difficult season at Manchester United but he has a lot of confidence in himself.”The match was just the second in charge for Italy coach Roberto Mancini, who took the job last month after Gian Piero Ventura was sacked following the four-time world champions’ failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first since 1958.“We made some errors but France are among the best teams,” said Mancini, whose side beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 in Switzerland on Monday. “We did some good things but we know that we must improve.“I even had hope of equalising but I’m not going to say we deserved to win. France are better than us. Even if it’s a friendly nobody likes to lose.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

JOY AS MISSING PUP REUNITED WITH OWNER

first_imgPrince has been reunited with his owners.The owners of a beloved pup have been reunited with their pet dog after thinking he had been lost forever. 10-month old Prince went missing on Wednesday from his home at Glenwood, Glencar in Letterkenny.His owners thought the black pedigree Labrador would never be seen again. However, thanks to an online campaign by Donegal Daily he has been found safe and well and has been reunited with his overjoyed owners.The owner of Prince told Donegal Daily, “We’re just absolutely delighted to get the wee fella back home.“We didn’t think we’d see him again, and we were all absolutely devastated about his disappearance.“We were really overwhelmed by the response the story got on Donegal Daily. “We want to thank all the Donegal Daily readers for sharing the story on their social media timelines in an attempt to locate Prince.Prince was spotted by an eagle-eyed local who had the read the story online and recognized the dog from our story.He immediately contacted the owner and told him he had found Prince.“I was so happy when I got the call and I couldn’t thank him enough, were delighted to have him home and we’re going to keep a close eye on him from now on!“Again thanks to everyone who shared the story and helped spread the word. JOY AS MISSING PUP REUNITED WITH OWNER was last modified: March 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:10-month oldDonegal DailyFeaturesfoundHome-page NewsLabradormissingOwnersPrincePupStorylast_img read more