Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Nasri Is Hart-Ily Delighted to Catch out Joe

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Nasri Is Hart-Ily Delighted to Catch out Joe

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FRANCE midfielder Samir Nasri revealed he deceived Manchester City team-mate Joe Hart to score his equaliser in last night's Euro 2012 draw in Donetsk.

Nasri was crowned official UEFA man of the match after the 1-1 draw with England although Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye also impressed in French colours, while Hatem Ben Arfa was a late substitute.

However, it was Nasri's strike just before half-time which earned his side a point after another City man Joleon Lescott had put England ahead after 30 minutes.

Nasri said: "When Franck Ribery gave me the ball, the England defence was really low sitting back.

"I decided to take a shot but Joe Hart knows me from Manchester City and knows that in that situation I normally open my foot.

"This time I closed it a little bit, so I am happy with how it worked out."

Although Nasri was disappointed France only collected a point, he accepts it is already a vast improvement on the debacle which unfolded in South Africa two years ago. …

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