For his big return to the French team after five years of absence, Karim Benzema remained silent against Wales (3-0), Wednesday night in Nice in a preparatory match for the Euro. The Real Madrid striker missed a penalty but does not blame himself more than that.
The return of Karim Benzema in blue was not rewarded with a 28th goal in the selection. On Wednesday, all eyes were on the Real Madrid striker, recalled by Didier Deschamps for the Euro after five years of absence. Supported by Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann in attack, the former Lyonnais hoped to celebrate this comeback and this unexpected 82nd selection with a goal against Wales, in a preparation match, on the lawn of the Allianz Riviera. It will nevertheless be necessary to wait (perhaps Tuesday against Bulgaria), to see KB19 once again shake the nets with the blue jersey.
“Find me a player who’s not going to miss one!”
Karim Benzema, however, had a golden opportunity in the first period. After provoking the hand (and expulsion) of Welshman Williams in his penalty area, the Frenchman was offered the opportunity to take the penalty by Antoine Griezmann. A shot on goal blocked by Ward, the Welsh goalkeeper. Not the end of the world for the Habs, who have missed their last three penalties in their last three attempts at selection.
“Everyone misses penalties, defends the Madrilenian to AFP. Find me a player who will not miss one! It’s nothing, it’s a friendly match, I will work them more and more . It is not a problem. What can be a problem is not to have chances and to shoot zero times on goal. To create chances, to be in the tempo, that is what it is necessary.” Little success in this exercise, Benzema and his partners hope to have more luck at the Euro, which will begin on June 15 with a first shock against Germany in Munich.