France under-20 2-0 Czech Republic under-20: Lamonge and Bamba help hosts to final berth

The hosts and holders will defend their trophy on Sunday.

France under-20 2-0 Czech Republic under-20: Lamonge and Bamba help hosts to final berth
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Czech Republic U20
France U20: (4-2-3-1) Kamara; Confais (Konate 61'), Niakhaté, Coulibaly, Kemen (Fulgini 61'); D’Arpino, Salles Lamonge; Diallo, Robinet (Batubinsika 78'), Bamba; Guirassy (Peirera De Sa 69').
Czech Republic U20: (3-5-2) Vejmola; Byrtus, Hulka, Stronati; Falta, Buchvaldek, Kodes, Granecn (Fulnek 53'), Tétour (Kasa 41'); Machuca, Sykora (Lutonsky 60').
SCORE: 1-0, Salles Lamonge 7'. 2-0, Bamba 43'.
REFEREE: Joao Silva (POR). Booked: D'Aprino (61'), Byrtus (80+2').

France confirmed their place in the final of the Toulon Tournament with a comfortable 2-0 win over the Czech Republic.

An early opener from Sebastien Salles Lamonge put France on the right track, before the ever-impressive Jonathan Bamba curled home a stylish second.

England, Portugal and Paraguay are all competing for a shot at the final, with the former in the driving seat in Group B.

Bamba brilliance before the break

The game began with France on top, and the were duly rewarded with an early goal. Unsurprisingly, it was Bamba at the heart of the move. His mazy run tied the defenders in knots before screwing a cross into the near post. Sehrou Guirassy was brilliantly denied twice by Ludek Vejmola, but the rebound fell for Salles Lamonge to rifle home.

The Czechs were struggling with no recognised strikers on the field. Their change in formation had eventually got to grips with France's midfield, but it was Bamba who they just couldn't find a way to curtail. He crossed, again, this time for Thomas Robinet but his header was cleared off the line by a retreating Simon Falta.

Vejmola was called into action not long after, as he had to stand tall and strong to keep out Salles Lamonge's fierce drive at the near post. Guirassy fired just past the post after more excellent Bamba play, in what provied to be the final action of the half. France were in control, with Bingourou Kamara a mere spectator.

Bamba continues to riot run

Any chance the Czechs had of getting back into the game were gone after three minutes, as Bamba showed just why everyone has been talking about him. He picked the ball up on the left and drove at the tired-looking opposition defence. The Saint-Etienne man moved inside before curling a stunning strike into the far top corner; game over.

That goal killed any real competitiveness in the game, as both sides knew that the result was sealed. It was more a case of getting the key players off and rested, with both sides set to be in action on Sunday. France, of course, would take in the final while the Czechs would settle for the third-fourth place play-off.

The constant changes completely disrupted the flow of the match but, in the end, it still would have made no difference. France deservedly topped the group with four wins from four, while the Czechs did well to finish as runners up with seven points from their group outings.