Latest update: 07/09/2010
France beat Bosnia 2-0 in crucial Euro 2012 qualifier
France's Karim Benzema (left) opened the scoring against Bosnia and Herzegovina in a key Euro 2012 qualifier on Tuesday in Sarajevo. It was Les Bleus' first win under new coach Laurent Blanc (right).
By NEWS WIRES (text)
REUTERS - Two late goals helped France bounce back from a woeful start to Euro 2012 qualifying with a 2-0 win in Bosnia on Friday.
Les Bleus, on the receiving end of a shock 1-0 home defeat by Belarus on Friday, went in front with a magical goal from Karim Benzema in the 72nd minute.
Benzema collected the ball with his back to goal, rolled it with the sole of his boot and turned swiftly to squeeze past two defenders before scoring with an angled, left-foot shot.
Winger Florent Malouda made it 2-0 after 78 minutes, giving much-needed hope to new coach Laurent Blanc who is trying to rebuild the team after their poor World Cup showing in June.
Bosnia, who beat Luxembourg 3-0 on Friday, could face sanctions after a flare landed on the pitch nine minutes from time.