October 13, 2007 / 8:31 AM / 12 years ago

France blast Faroes 6-0 after fog delay

France's national soccer team players Florent Malouda (L) and Nicolas Anelka arrive at the Vaga airport on Faroe Islands October 13, 2007. France's Euro 2008 qualifier against the Faroe Islands will go ahead as scheduled on Saturday (1500 GMT) after the team eventually landed in the capital Torshavn. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

TORSHAVN (Reuters) - France blasted the Faroe Islands 6-0 in their Euro 2008 Group B qualifier on Saturday despite arriving on the North Atlantic islands just hours before the match after their flight was delayed a day by fog.

Nicolas Anelka opened the scoring for the visitors, connecting with a cross from Franck Ribery to beat goalkeeper Jakup Mikkelsen after seven minutes.

A minute later, Thierry Henry won the ball and punched a low shot to the far corner past Mikkelsen to score his 41st goal in 95 appearances for France, tying a record set by Michel Platini.

Substitute Karim Benzema headed home a free-kick from Ribery on 49 minutes to make it 3-0 before Jerome Rothen scored France’s fourth on 64 minutes from a direct freekick.

Benzema scored his second in the 79th minute after a pass from Henry, and Hatem Ben Arfa scored France’s sixth in the third minute of injury time.

After last month’s shock 1-0 home defeat by Scotland, World Cup runners-up France will qualify for next year’s finals if they win their last two qualifiers against Lithuania and Ukraine.

France face Lithuania in Nantes on Wednesday before their final match against Ukraine in Kiev on Nov 21.

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