Bafetimbi GomisBafetimbi Gomis is on the final 23-man roster for France, which was revealed today. After yesterday’s performance that is no surprise to anyone. The 22-year-old Gomis scored both goals for France in their win over Ecuador. He was put on the team as part of the provisional 30-man roster prior to the final cuts and frankly most people didn’t expect anything from him. He came off the bench after a scoreless first half and ended up stunning the coaches and fans with two goals in only 45 minutes of playing time. With the double, Gomis is the first player to score twice in his debut with France since Zinedine Zidane (in 1994.) That speaks for itself.

Gomis scored the first time at about 60 minutes and repeated on the 86th minute. Other than him, most of the French players had a tough time getting passed the Ecuador defense. Although his goals were due to his skill, he couldn’t have done it without luck. It was certainly on his side because some had speculated that Gomis wouldn’t even see the field in Gernoble, but due to his teammates’ poor performances he was given the chance.

Some of the players who started the game uncertain of a spot on the team were Alou Diarra, Samir Nasri, Hatem Ben Arfa and Djibril Cisse; all whom had a better shot than Gomis. Despite the odds, only Nasri made the final squad from the four. It was a pressure-filled game for those who weren’t guaranteed a spot, but the tournament will have plenty of those, so it really is no excuse. After the game it was clear that Gomis is not shadowed by the pressure. The team and its fans now eagerly anticipate seeing the young forward in action as he plays through his first major tournament on the international level in the great Euro 2008.


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