Armenia to host France in a friendly Tuesday: Benzema doubtful for the match

On Tuesday evening Armenia and France will meet for an international friendly match at the Republican Stadium.

The teams have played a total of three times but the last time they met was in 1999 when France beat Armenia 3 – 2. France also won on the other two occasions that they played, both times they won 2 – 0.

Karim Benzema is doubtful for France’s away friendly against Armenia on Tuesday because of a minor foot injury, coach Didier Deschamps said.

“Nothing too bad, he will not train today,” Deschamps told a news conference on Monday.

Deschamps added that in-form striker Andre-Pierre Gignac should have more game time.

“It is a given that Andre-Pierre Gignac will play more than against Portugal,” he said.

Gignac replaced Benzema in the 90th minute in Les Bleus’ 2-1 win over Portugal on Saturday at the Stade de France.

As Euro 2016 hosts, France qualified automatically for the tournament and will play only friendlies until the finals.

Over the weekend Armenia drew 1 – 1 with Serbia in a friendly match. However, Armenia lost its four games before that, to Denmark, Latvia, Germany and Algeria.

France beat Portugal 2 – 1 on Saturday. Last month they drew 1 – 1 with Serbia and beat Spain 1 – 0. In July they were beaten 1 – 0 by Germany.

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