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Toulalan and Berthod start in Portugal

Published on the 24 May 2006 à 10:00 by BV

Yesterday the France Under-21 side played its first match in the European Under-21 Championship, in Portugal, a competition that has assembled the eight best countries in Europe. In Braga, two Lyon players, Jérémy Berthod and Jérémy Toulalan were in the starting line-up.

Yesterday the France Under-21 side played its first match in the European Under-21 Championship, in Portugal, a competition that has assembled the eight best countries in Europe, including France, Italy, Portugal and Germany. Against the host nation, the Bluets made the perfect start, registering a 1-0 victory thanks to Jimmy Briand’s goal just before half-time (40’). In Braga, two Lyon players, Jérémy Berthod and Jérémy Toulalan were in the starting line-up.

Jérémy Toulalan shone in the midfield. Man of the match, by a long way, he won an incredible number of balls and his distribution was faultless. The daily sports paper L’Equipe gave him an 8/10.
On his left flank, Jérémy Berthod was a rock against Barcelona winger Quaresma.
Lyon right-back, François Clerc is also in the 22-man squad.

In the other Group A match, Germany defeated Serbie and Montenegro 1-0 before playing France this Thursday in Guimares.

Group B consists the Ukraine, the Netherlands, Italy and Denmark. The top two from each group qualify for the semi-finals which will be held on June 1.