France 3-0 Wales: World champions too good for Wales after Neco Williams’ first-half sending off

World champions and favourites France acquired their Euro 2020 preparations off to a high quality begin with a 3-0 win over Wales, who performed over an hour with 10 males in Good.

In a frantic 10-minute interval within the first half, Wales went right down to 10 males after Neco Williams was harshly dismissed for a handball from Karim Benzema’s shot, however Danny Ward denied the returning Benzema’s spot-kick with a high quality save (27).

France acquired their opener by means of Kylian Mbappe’s rebounded effort from one other Ward save (35), and Antoine Griezmann acquired the second with a superb curling strike from the sting of the field (48).

Benzema, determined for a objective to mark his comeback to the squad after almost six years out, hit the submit late on, with sub Ousmane Dembele sliding dwelling on the rebound (79) to wrap up the win.

Wales now host Albania of their closing warm-up sport on Saturday, earlier than their Euro 2020 opener towards Switzerland in Baku on June 12.

Wales have a tricky job to qualify from Group A

France tackle Bulgaria in a pleasant subsequent Tuesday after which face Germany in Munich on June 15 of their opening group match.

Participant rankings

France: Lloris (7), Pavard (7), Varane (6), Kimpembe (7), Hernandez (7), Tolisso (7), Pogba (8), Rabiot (7), Griezmann (8), Mbappe (7), Benzema (7)

Subs: Kounde (6), Digne (6), Coman (6), Sissoko (6), Dembele (7), Ben Yedder (NA)

Wales: Ward (8), Roberts (7), Mepham (7), Rodon (6), Gunter (7), N Williams (5), Allen (6), Morrell (6), Bale (6), James (7), Wilson (6)

Subs: Moore (7), Levitt (6), Ramsey (6), Davies (6), Brooks (5), Colwill (NA)

Man of the match: Danny Ward

How France sailed previous Wales after harsh purple

Wales have been eager to play France on this warm-up sport, seeing the world champions as setting with an analogous excessive press to their first Euro 2020 opponents Switzerland.

Though Wales began with promise, France had a lot of the alternatives within the first half, gaining a numerical benefit in controversial circumstances.

After Ward had fantastically clawed away Paul Pogba’s header, Neco Williams blocked Benzema’s rebound along with his arm, prompting a VAR evaluate. Portuguese referee Luis Godinho awarded the spot kick, earlier than harshly sending Williams off, deeming the handball deliberate regardless of the Liverpool man being solely half-a-yard away from Benzema’s cease.


Neco Williams was proven a purple card after a deliberate handball and Karim Benzema’s penalty on his return to the France facet was saved by Danny Ward

Benzema, who has been out of the France facet for almost six years after being embroiled in a blackmail scandal involving France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena, struck the penalty low to Ward’s proper, however the goalkeeper fantastically tipped it away.

France did get their opener simply eight minutes later, nevertheless, as Adrien Rabiot’s low shot deflected off Griezmann, was saved by Ward’s foot, however fell kindly to Mbappe to power the ball previous the Wales goalkeeper.


Kylian Mbappe makes France’s man benefit depend as he pokes dwelling a rebound to present them a 1-0 lead over 10-man Wales

France wasted no time within the second half, getting their second three minutes after the restart; Pogba’s ball was flicked on by Mbappe for Griezmann, who curled a magnificence into the highest nook from the sting as Joe Rodon stood off him.

Robert Web page introduced on 4 gamers on the hour mark, introducing Aaron Ramsey, Ben Davies, Dylan Levitt and Kieffer Moore, resting the legs of Gareth Bale, Joe Allen, Chris Mepham and Harry Wilson.


Antoine Griezmann scored France’s second of the evening towards Wales with a trademark roller into the far nook

Ramsey did create a high quality opening for Wales shortly after arriving onto the pitch, feeding Dan James by means of on objective on the proper of the field, however the Manchester United man’s shot was an excellent peak for Hugo Lloris to beat away.

However France moved up a gear once more as Benzema struck the submit with a superb flip and shot from the sting, the ball fortuitously falling to Dembele to slip dwelling.


After Benzema’s well-taken chest and volley struck the submit, France substitute Ousmane Dembele tapped dwelling the rebound so as to add a 3rd towards Wales

Leicester goalkeeper Ward, Wales’ finest participant, denied Benzema’s fierce header from a nook once more late on, placing ahead an excellent case to start out on the Euros forward of Wayne Hennessey, whereas Wales gave a debut to 19-year-old Rubin Colwill, who was enjoying academy soccer for Cardiff simply 4 months in the past.

Workforce information

Gareth Bale began for Wales alongside Harry Wilson and Dan James, whereas Aaron Ramsey was on the bench.

Karim Benzema was again for France after a close to six-year absence, enjoying in a robust XI alongside Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe.

Even with 10 males, there have been loads of positives defensively for a Wales facet who’ve conceded solely 10 objectives in 14 video games, limiting the world champions for big intervals regardless of the blatant benefit.

Web page: Very harsh… 4th official even apologised!


Rob Web page displays on Wales’ 3-0 defeat to France the place Neco Williams was proven a purple card and says the fourth official even apologised to him in regards to the choice

Wales’ supervisor Rob Web page chatting with Sky Sports activities:

“[The red is] very harsh. We have appeared again at half-time, and the fourth official apologised to me initially of the second half, which most likely makes it worse!

“It is unattainable for [Williams] to do something. I assumed we began OK, created a few possibilities. We needed to make a tweak to the formation earlier than we began having seen their line-up; they performed a diamond so Neco’s positions modified barely.

“We nonetheless created possibilities after we have been right down to 10 males. Disappointing, however numerous positives to take.

“This [the red] would possibly occur within the competitors, so we’ve got to cope with it. However there have been some huge performances from people, and we have been a relentless menace. Enjoying France with 11 is a tough job; 10 is even tougher.”

James: Not even a penalty

Neco Williams was sent off for this handball in the first half
Neco Williams was despatched off for this handball within the first half

Wales’ Dan James chatting with Sky Sports activities:

“I’m not one to speak about referees but it surely’s taken 10 minutes to say it is clear and apparent? I do not even suppose it was a penalty. It may well’t be clear and apparent if he wanted that lengthy to present it.

“Even their gamers have been saying: ‘Do not ship him off’. If it had occurred towards Switzerland, we might be much more gutted.

“I assumed Danny Ward was the perfect participant on the pitch, he made some unbelievable saves. All credit score to Danny. I had possibilities I might have appreciated to attain with. However we will take numerous positives going into the Euros. We confirmed character.”

Gabbidon’s XI for Euro 2020 opener vs Switzerland

Danny Gabbidon's Wales XI for their opening game of Euro 2020 against Switzerland
Danny Gabbidon’s Wales XI for his or her opening sport of Euro 2020 towards Switzerland

Former Wales defender Danny Gabbidon on Sky Sports activities:

“I believe that is extra what I wish to see fairly than what Robert Web page will really do. We noticed a back-four from Wales towards France to accommodate what their opponents did, they usually do change the system round.

“Neco Williams has made that left-back, left wing-back spot his personal. You’d suspect Joe Allen to accomplice Ethan Ampadu as a stable mixture.

“The 2 or three query marks; one, the goalkeeper. Wayne Hennessey or Danny Ward. I believe Hennessey would possibly get the nod, however Ward has actually finished his possibilities no hurt.

“Should you play with a 3-4-3, as Wales have finished in current video games, the place do you match Ramsey in, as a central midfielder? As a false 9? So I believe Wales would possibly return to a again 4 like they did tonight to accommodate him.

Aaron Ramsey has appeared in just 37 per cent of Wales' games since Euro 2016
Aaron Ramsey has appeared in simply 37 per cent of Wales’ video games since Euro 2016

“When he is match, he is within the crew. It is so simple as that. We should not have a participant of his sort, he is the all-round midfielder. Should you take a look at Wales, they’re defensively stable, however they’ve struggled linking defence with assault, and that is his largest energy, making these sort of runs deep into the opposition space and scoring objectives. The secret is getting him enjoying effectively, however there is a query mark as to the place t play him.

“He is a participant you must wrap in cotton wool a little bit bit, like Gareth Bale. Juventus has been irritating for him, a bit stop-start, however when Ramsey has a degree to show, when individuals are doubting, that is when he involves the fore.

“Kieffer Moore is the opposite participant who got here on tonight and provides one thing totally different. You may return to entrance, he can maintain issues up, and I believe Wales look extra of a menace on the counter assault with him. However after all, however he hasn’t performed a lot with him lately. I would wish to see him begin, however there’s nonetheless numerous inquiries to reply for the beginning XI.”

Opta stats

  • Since a 1-0 victory at Denmark again in November 2008, Wales have misplaced every of their final 9 pleasant matches because the away facet, failing to attain a single objective in any of the final eight.
  • Gareth Bale has failed to attain in any of his final 9 begins for Wales.
  • Karim Benzema has missed every of his final three penalties for France (the opposite two coming in 2014), whereas France have didn’t convert 5 of their final eight.

What’s subsequent?

Wales now host Albania of their closing warm-up sport on Saturday at 5pm, reside on Sky Sports activities Soccer, earlier than their opening Euro 2020 group match towards Switzerland on Saturday June 12 at 2pm in Baku.

France face Bulgaria on Tuesday at 8.10pm of their closing pleasant, after which face Germany on Tuesday June 15 at 8pm of their opening Euro 2020 group match in Munich.

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