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World Cup fever mounts as France turns on the TV

Over 7.6 million people in tuned in to French television channel TF1 to see France thump Italy 3-1 in Nice © AFP / VALERY HACHE

PARIS, France, Jun 2 – Over 7.6 million viewers tuned in to French television’s TF1 to see France thump Italy 3-1 in Nice in their second World Cup warm up game, according to figures released on Saturday.

The Friday evening prime time slot featuring a sumptuous goal from Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele only just edged out Monday’s viewing figures of 6.9 million who tuned in to watch France beat Ireland 2-0 in a deluge.

Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti grabbed the opening goal before Italy cut the deficit before the break through Leonardo Bonucci.

French poster boy and playground favourite Antoine Griezmann, also reported to be joining Barcelona, added a second from the penalty spot before Dembele’s lob stole the show.

TF1 will show 28 World Cup games from the World Cup which gets underway in two weeks across Russia.

Before that Didier Deschamps’ France host the United States, who failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, next Saturday in Lyon in their final warm up game.

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