On the back of France's 1-0 win over Turkey on Friday 5 June, coach Raymond Domenech insisted he was pleased with his players and unconcerned by their failure to record a more emphatic result.
Les Bleus largely controlled the friendly encounter in Lyon, particularly after Ibrahim Uzulmez's first-half dismissal for a foul on Nicolas Anelka, though only had the resulting penalty from Karim Benzema to show for their efforts.
Nevertheless, Domenech's charges did put in a much-improved performance compared to 2 June's 1-0 friendly reverse against Nigeria in St Etienne, a point the coach was keen to emphasise. "You might think it's disturbing to have so many opportunities and score so few, but above all it shows we're on the right path," he said.
"We hit the bar and the Turkish goalkeeper was exceptional," continued Domenech, who also rued the fact that Turkey went down to ten men. "I would almost have preferred Uzulmez not to have been dismissed in a friendly match. But those are the rules: it's as simple as that."
"I was impressed by the whole team and I hope we learned plenty of lessons," concluded Domenech, whose team return to 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifying action away to Faroe Islands on 12 August.