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Own goal gives France victory over Poland

June 10, 2011 10:36 IST

A first-half own goal gave an experimental France side a 1-0 victory over Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland in a friendly in Warsaw on Thursday.

Poland made an inspired start with French-born midfielder Ludovic Obraniak in fine form but slack defending from Tomasz Jodlowiec sent the ball into his own net in the 12th minute after he deflected a shot from Charles N'Zogbia.

Poland's Ludovic Obraniak (right) and France's Charles N'Zogbia vie for possession during their international friendly against Poland in Warsaw on ThursdayA capacity crowd inspired Franciszek Smuda's Poland side to a strong second-half showing as Arsenal's Wojciech Szczesny and France debutant Cedric Carrasso demonstrated their goalkeeping skills.

But France held on to give coach Laurent Blanc's side a second friendly win following their 4-1 victory in Ukraine on Monday.

"We are putting the focus on youngsters like our goalie Wojciech Szczesny," Smuda said in a televised interview.

"We could have at least snatched a draw but one has to be happy that against such opponents our game looked very correct."

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