PARIS, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Olympique Lyon winger Sidney Govou hit a
double as France stunned arch-rivals Italy 3-1 in a showcase Euro 2008
qualifier in Paris on Wednesday.

It was sweet revenge for Les Bleus who bowed to the Italians on penalties in a controversial World Cup final two months ago.France
are second in the Group B table, level with Scotland and five points
ahead of the world champions who have made a miserable start to their
campaign, having been held 1-1 by Lithuania on Saturday.Coach Raymond Domenech said his France team had produced an almost flawless performance.’The
perfect match is the one in which you score on every attack and that
your opponents are unable to put you in danger. We came very close to
the perfect match tonight,’ he told a news conference.’Everybody
was feeling great and technically we were well prepared for this
outing.

 I hope that we will be capable to repeat such a performance.’Beating
the world champions always means something special. We have tamed two
world champions over the last two months,’ he added, referring to the
1-0 success over Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals. ‘We can be
happy and proud of ourselves.’Govou needed just 90 seconds to make a dramatic impact, volleying in a cross by defender William Gallas.

It
was the first time Govou, often used as a substitute, had started a
match for France since the 4-0 thrashing of Cyprus in a World Cup
qualifier in October 2005.France increased their lead after 17
minutes when fans’ favourite Thierry Henry produced a superb finish
from close range after Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon failed to hold
a powerful shot from Florent Malouda.

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