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Day 1 of the World Champions bid to become the first ever team to win the World Cup and the Euro has started very impressively!
Here's the report of the game from Yahoo Football.

"France stroll to victory over Denmark
By Adrian Warner



BRUGES, Belgium (Reuters) - World champions France strolled to a 3-0 victory over Denmark on Sunday in group D, the toughest in the tournament with four former champions.

Goalkeeper Fabien Barthez had to make good saves in the first 15 minutes to deny Danish strikers Ebbe Sand and Jon Dahl Tomasson, but for the rest of the game it was all France.

A 16th minute goal from defender Laurent Blanc set them on their way and a superb individual effort from striker Thierry Henry sealed victory.

Henry raced from inside his own half to score in the 64th minute. Substitute Sylvain Wiltord scored in the dying seconds to underline France's superiority after being presented with an open goal by a pass from another substitute, Patrick Vieira.

The Czech Republic, winners in 1976, and tournament favourites the Netherlands, who won the title in 1988, play later in group D.

The French fielded seven of the players who won the World Cup two years ago against Brazil in Paris. Their solid defence was such an important part of their 98 campaign but there were gaping holes in it early on.

Barthez blocked Tomasson's close-range effort with his foot in the second minute and had to dive low to the right to deny Sand 10 minutes later.

But the French, inspired by a confident performance in the middle of the park by Zinedine Zidane, settled down to dominate play even if they were too complacent at times.

The Blanc goal came after a penetrating run by striker Nicolas Anelka into the box which forced Danish keeper Peter Schmeichel to dive at his feet.

Schmeichel could only deflect the ball to his left and Blanc pounced to score into an empty net.

Henry had threatened the Danish with his pace several times in the first half and he left the Danes floundering midway through the second half with a weaving run into the box from the left before placing the ball in the opposite corner.

Henry had been unleashed by another clever pass from Zidane.

Before Blanc's goal Anelka had a superb chance in the ninth minute when he rounded Schmeichel on the right hand side of the area but could only strike the ball into the side netting. "

Allez les Bleus!
Keep it up!Next step the Czech!

The world will be...Bleu Blanc Rouge...again!
 
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How do you fancy their chances against the Czech Republic?
I hope the Czech beats them then the Netherlands will be top becuase they'll defenitely beat Denmark.
 

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France will definitely beat Czech!! :p
i know, Nedved is one of my fave player, but from what i saw in the first game, France has shown how to be a good team. All sectors are good and work properly!

But in other hand, i support Holland in this euro! Hope they can win their game tho!:cool:
 
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