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Samir Nasri aka Zidane Junior

Nasri is France’s new ace
 

MARSEILLE wonderkid Samir Nasri fired his first international goal in his third appearance as France beat Georgia 1-0 to stay top of Scotland's group.

The midfielder, voted the league's best young player this season and superb in Saturday's 2-0 win over Ukraine, struck in the 33rd-minute of a one-sided contest in Auxerre.

"It was the toughest match physically," said coach Raymond Domenech four days after the Ukraine win at the Stade de France.


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"We saw that in the second half. Having a second striker did not even help. But I am proud of the players."

Club-mate Franck Ribery's cross set up Nasri - viewed as the long-term successor to Zinedine Zidane - and the 19-year-old, who earned his first cap in a 1-0 win over Austria in a friendly in March, said: "I feel better and better in the team.

"The fact that I scored the goal is not important. What matters is that the whole team worked hard for this victory."


Publication date 07/06/07

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