France team striker Karim Benzema was injured in the first half of the friendly match against Bulgaria won 3-0 at the Stade de France in front of 5,000 spectators, one week before the first match of the Euro against the ‘Germany, June 15 in Munich.
The Real Madrid center-forward came off in the 39th minute with an injury above the right knee. He was replaced almost immediately by Olivier Giroud. The latter also made a perfect entry, scoring a double at the end of the second half, ensuring the success of his team.
Before his exit, the 33-year-old winced after visibly landing poorly on an attempted header into the Bulgarian area. First strapped, he then demanded a change in the management of the Blues.
He did not join the locker room but took a seat in the stands with the substitutes for the France team, after greeting the public who applauded him when leaving the pitch.
“He stopped because he felt it was hardening so there is no risk to take anyway. The medical staff is at his bedside”, reassured Didier Deschamps, the coach of the Blues.