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19/08/2016

Nadal got a break for 4-3 after Raonic

VALENCIENNES, France -- Franck Ribery scored his first international goal for more than three years and Adil Rami grabbed a late winner as France rallied to beat Iceland 3-2 at home on Sunday in a European Championship warmup match. Authentic Patrick Willis Jersey . Coach Laurent Blanc picked an experimental and attacking lineup, featuring several fringe players. The move soon backfired as Iceland went 2-0 up at halftime thanks to goals from Birkir Bjarnason and Ajax striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson. "You have to analyze both halves. We were a bit timid in the first half and made a lot of mistakes," Blanc said. "It was hard to find a balance between attack and defence." Right back Mathieu Debuchy pulled one back early in the second half but France struggled until Ribery and striker Olivier Giroud came off the bench. Giroud set up Riberys 85th-minute goal with an exquisite chip over the defence, and then showed great composure a minute later to head a cross down to Rami, who blasted the ball home. "We reacted well in the second half, and by changing the balance of the team a bit we created a lot of chances," said Blanc, who will choose his final 23-man squad for Euro 2012 this week. "We learned some interesting things tonight, now its up to us to make the right choices," he added. Sigthorsson created Icelands first goal with a superb piece of skill as he flicked the ball past Debuchy and crossed for Bjarnason, who finished with a neat half-volley past goalkeeper Steve Mandanda. Frances defence was exposed again for the second goal, this time on the other flank, when Rurik Gislason beat left back Patrice Evra for pace and whipped over a cross for Sigthorsson to finish with aplomb. France attacked strongly from the restart and equalized in the 52nd minute. Hatem Ben Arfa cut inside from the left and found striker Karim Benzema, whose perfectly weighted pass allowed Debuchy time and space to fire the ball inside the near post. Iceland should have made it 3-1 in the 62nd when Bjarnason had only Mandanda to beat after running onto a cross from the left, but shot straight at the goalkeeper. Winger Florent Malouda came off the bench late in the second half and almost created a goal for Mathieu Valbuena with 10 minutes remaining, but Valbuenas shot from the edge of the penalty area flew just wide. Giroud, the French leagues top scorer with 21 league goals for French champion Montpellier this season, showed his altruism when he cushioned a pass from Ribery with one touch and then chipped the ball back to him over Icelands flat-footed centre backs. Ribery controlled it perfectly and lifted the ball into the roof of the net for his first goal since April 2009. "Of course it feels good to score," said Ribery, who now has eight international goals. "Im very happy for myself and for the team. We wanted to win the game, and even when we were 2-0 down we believed we could." Two minutes later, Rami grabbed his first international goal when Giroud showed great awareness to cushion a header down to him, and the centre half smashed the ball home from near the penalty spot. Although France responded well in the second half, the poor defending will give Blanc some cause for concern ahead of Euro 2012. France has two friendlies against Serbia and Estonia before opening its Euro 2012 campaign against England on June 11. Deion Sanders Jersey . Then, just as her testimony was about to finish, she broke down in tears at what she said was the memory of the screams she heard on the night that the double-amputee athlete fatally shot his girlfriend in his South African home. Jaquiski Tartt Jersey . The blockbuster trade that will send Kevin Love to team up with LeBron James in Cleveland will be completed on Saturday, making the Cavaliers an instant favourite in the Eastern Conference and turning Andrew Wiggins into something of an anomaly.MIAMI -- Canadian Milos Raonic put up a fight but could not earn the upset as top seed Rafael Nadal recovered to win their quarter-final matchup in a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 comeback at the Sony Open Thursday. The Thornhill, Ont., product cemented his return next week to the ATP top 10 as he won his first career set against Nadal after four losses in the series. Raonic rolled over slightly on his ankle as he dived for a return in the third set but appeared to shake it off near the end of the two-hour, 34 minute struggle. The Canadian was held to eight aces and one break for serve from just three chances. He had 28 winners to Nadals 26. Raonic and Nadal duelled for 52 minutes in a tight opening set. The only true opening came in the final game. Nadal lost his first career set against Raonic as he sent over a perfect stop volley which dropped dead near Nadals net, giving the 112th seed set point while leading 5-4. DeForest Buckner 49ers Jersey. Nadal put over a nervous double fault to lose the opener, his first dropped set of the tournament. But the Raonic magic began to fade in the second set after he started to lose pace on his weak second serve, with Nadal going up a double break for 4-0. Raonic contributed a pair of costly double-faults to end both of his losing games as the Spaniard took control, gathering his trademark momentum. The 23-year-old Canadian saved a break point to start the third set as the contest started to peak. Nadal got a break for 4-3 after Raonic had rallied from 0-30 down but eventually hit the next with a backhand to drop serve for the third time. 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