France beat China 3-1

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:34 IST

Thierry Henry scored his 33rd international goal to lead France over China 3-1 in its final World Cup warmup match on Wednesday.

France beat China 3-1

Saint-Etienne:

Thierry Henry scored his 33rd international goal to lead France over China 3-1 in its final World Cup warmup match on Wednesday. David Trezeguet also scored, while China defender Yun Wang added an own-goal in the 89th minute. Yun tried to clear a cross from Franck Ribery but mis-hit the ball 15 metres out. Zinedine Zidane, playing his final match on French soil, missed a penalty, and Djibril Cisse left with an injury. Cisse was replaced by Juventus striker Trezeguet, who scored his 32nd goal for France with a tap in from Henry's pass in the 30th minute. Penalty spot China captain Zhi Zheng leveled from the penalty spot in the 69th after he was tripped by Eric Abidal. Zidane's final match at home will be best remembered for a missed penalty. In the 14th, he juggled the ball in the area and was knocked over. With French President Jacques Chirac watching, Zidane stepped up, slipped backward, and sent the ball over the crossbar. Trezeguet almost scored right at the start of the second half when he gathered a pass from Willy Sagnol, but his weak shot was easily saved. Henry went close with a free kick in the 64th, and finally scored France's third after a neat one-two with Ribery which forced goalkeeper Leilei Li off his line. Ribery has played less than one hour in three substitute appearances for France, but has already been involved in three goals. (AP)

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