Two football players with the French national team found their own way to celebrate a goal on Wednesday night when one planted a passionate kiss on the other.

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French kiss celebrates victory over Germany

Two football players with the French national team found their own way to celebrate a goal on Wednesday night when one planted a passionate kiss on the other.

French kiss celebrates victory over Germany
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The two players were celebrating after setting up the first of France’s two goals, which ultimately took them to a 2-1 victory over Germany.

Mathieu Debuchy, a midfielder with Lille, passed the ball to Montpellier player Olivier Giroud, who scored.

Debuchy then ran to Giroud who grabbed his head with both hands and kissed his teammate.

The video clip of the embrace was played repeatedly on news shows and shared online.

#Debuchy was still a trending Twitter tag on Thursday morning

The goal was Giroud’s first for his national team. He is currently the top scorer this year in France’s leading football league, Ligue 1.

Debuchy’s team, Lille, are current Ligue 1 champions. 

One of Debuchy’s other team mates is former Chelsea and Liverpool player Joe Cole.

The 2-1 win for France brought the team’s unbeaten run to 18 matches.

French team manager Laurent Blanc tried to play down the victory.

“The result didn’t interest me. We only wanted to take a step forward,” he said.

“It doesn’t change anything about the work we need to do. The hardest thing is realising this quality of play in big tournaments. For quite a while, France has not been able to win those.”

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French prosecutors demand jail term for Russian accused of leaving England football fan with brain damage

French prosecutors on Friday called for a 15-year prison sentence for one of two Russians accused of beating a British supporter during Euro 2016, an attack that left him with brain injuries.

French prosecutors demand jail term for Russian accused of leaving England football fan with brain damage
Russian fans light flares at the match against England in 2016.. Photo: AFP

One prosecutor, Christophe Raffin, asked for the “legal maximum… between 14 and 15 years” for Pavel Kossov, who is accused of throwing the first punch at 55-year-old Andrew Bache.

Bache was injured in the violence that broke out before England played Russia in the southern French port city of Marseille on June 11th, 2016.

The second Russian on trial in Aix-en-Provence, Mikhail Ivkine, stands accused of throwing a chair at the victim, with prosecutors asking for a potential suspended sentence of up to five years.

He has claimed he was defending himself.

“No, it wasn't legitimate self-defence, it was illegitimate use of force against Andrew Bache,” Raffin said of the violence.

 

Police give emergency aid to Andrew Bache following clashes in the city of Marseille. Photo: AFP

The prosecutors said the Russians were part of a group of about 150 men, many with martial arts training, who wrought havoc in Marseille.

Bache, from Portsmouth in southern England, has no memory of the events and is too frail to attend the trial.

His son Harry, who nurses his father, is representing him in court.

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