TORSHAVN (AFP) - A record-equalling goal from Thierry Henry helped France to a 6-0 win over the Faroe Islands here on Saturday, a result that breathed fresh life into their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.
Bolton striker Nicolas Anelka put the French into a seventh minute lead with Henry doubling the advantage seconds later to draw level with Michel Platini's record of 41 goals for his country.
Karim Benzema's double, Jerome Rothen's finely executed freekick and Hatem Ben Arfa's late strike completed the rout in a match that wild weather had done its best to disrupt.
Desperate conditions in this far flung atlantic outpost had threatened to postpone the game with France unable to land as scheduled on Friday, Raymond Domenech's side being forced to divert to spend the night in the Norwegian coastal city of Bergen.
They finally made it to Torshavn with four hours to spare, but both sides agreed the fixture should go ahead as planned.
"Eleven hours in an airplane with stopovers in Scotland and then Norway is not ideal for anyone, but my players are taking it in their stride," Domenech said on arrival, and so it proved on the pitch.
This lopsided scoreline came as a welcome change for the French attack, which had proved impotent in its last two matches against Scotland and Italy.
In front of a crowd of barely 1,500 fans in this tiny stadium bordered by a roundabout, a swimming pool and a carpark, Anelka eased Gallic nerves with his early contribution.
Then came Henry's history making moment, a right-footed shot past Faroe Island keeper Jekup Mikkelson.
Four minutes into the second half and Benzema got the first leg of his double before Rothen, playing for his country for the first time since November 2005, curled in a sweetly taken freekick.
Benzema made it 5-0 in the 79th minute with substitute Ben Arfa celebrating his first international cap with France's sixth in the second minute of injury time.
France's win lifted them up a place into second in Group B on 22 points, two behind Scotland but third-placed Italy can regain second if the World Cup winners beat Georgia later Saturday.
France, Euro champions in 2000, have two more shots of securing their seat at next year's Euro 2008 finals with Lithuania next up on Wednesday followed by Ukraine on November 21.
Domenech said: "This is only a step along the way. Our mission will be completed if we take nine points (from the Faroes, Lithuania and Ukraine).
"We had 11 to 12 hours in the plane on Friday but no one complained. They remained concentrated on their objective, which I repeat we haven't yet accomplished. They all wanted to play the game."
France's tortuous trip to Torshavn had one final twist as instead of leaving for Paris straight after the game they have to wait until Sunday to give their pilot the statutory amount of rest between two flights.
|Coach: J. Olsen|
for H. Elttør 46'
for M. Thomassen 78'
for S. Samuelsen 86'
|MLS Wrap: Di Vaio sends Impact clear|
|Ajax call off Maher chase|
|Carroll focused on regular England spot|
|Udinese sign Fernandes|
|Carragher: Liverpool must be decisive on Suarez|
|Pique enjoying Brazilian culture|
|Defiant Tabarez plans progression|
|Scolari details Brazil´s struggles|
|Prandelli acknowledges Italy´s luck|
|Mexico coach denies strip club visit|
|Keshi wants Nigeria to step up|
|Del Bosque respectful of lowly Tahiti|
|FIFA Confederations Cup: Italy 4 Japan 3|
|Garcia targets Europe´s elite|
|Villas-Boas eyes crucial period|
|Parma director: Cassano signing would be a gift to the city|
|Red Star coach steps down|
|Anzhi home stadium ban upheld|
|Newell´s Old Boys crowned Argentine champions|
|Italy 4-3 Japan: Giovinco settles all-time classic Confederations Cup encounter|
|FIFA Confederations Cup: Brazil 2 Mexico 0|
|Shakhtar open to Mkhitaryan offers|
|Brazil 2-0 Mexico: Star man Neymar the match-winner again|
|Juventus complete Asamoah deal|
|Amorebieta relishing Fulham challenge|
|Britton: Laudrup issues disrupting squad|
|Vitesse set to unveil Bosz|
|Zorc: Dortmund displeased with Goetze timing|
|Sunderland complete Karlsson signing|
|Bowyer coy on Norwich´s Olsson interest|
|Bowen excited by Stoke challenge|
|Gaitan happy at Benfica, insists agent|
|Malaga want big money for Isco|
|Mourinho wary of Hull City test|
|Sagna committed to Arsenal|
|Kirchhoff relishing Bayern challenge|
|Lichaj signs on at Forest|
|Crystal Palace hope United will allow Zaha back|
|Puyol undergoes knee surgery|
|Schuster proud to take reins at Malaga|
|Carlton Cole spoilt for choice after West Ham release|
|Tolstykh: Capello will not join PSG|
|Lallana excited by Saints fixtures|
|Clarke pleased with Southampton opener|
|Prandelli urges Balotelli to change his ways|
|Van Geel: Immers to stay at Feyenoord|
|West Ham complete Carroll capture|
|Hearts placed in administration|
|Donati to hold Inter talks|
|Mertens close to Napoli move|
|Neville: Pre-season is the time to impress Moyes|
|Carragher: Liverpool will do business quickly|
|Palermo appoint Gattuso|
|Martinez: Let´s build on last season|
|Fabregas: Real would be foolish to spend £100 million on Bale|
|Sunderland make Vydra loan bid|
|Baldini appointed as Tottenham technical director|
|FA Cup final given end-of-season billing|
|Coyle´s Wigan tenure begins at Barnsley|
|Celtic to start with Ross County test|
|Pique advises Thiago to stay at Barcelona|
|Llambias resigns but Pardew vows to stay on|
|Lampard targets third World Cup|
|Zorc: De Bruyne is interested in Dortmund move|
|FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap: United States stay in charge|
|Neill, Schwarzer in the shop window|
|Osieck vindicated by super-sub Kennedy|
|Puyol set for further surgery|
|Ribery, Benzema trial adjourned|
|Bielsa, Santos talks fall through|
|Vilanova rues easy title run-in|
|Del Bosque defends Casillas´ inclusion|
|Spain-Tahiti Preview: La Roja seeking big win over Pacific islanders|
|Lens leaves PSV for Dynamo Kiev|
|FIFA Confederations Cup Preview: Spain v Tahiti|
|FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap: Australia, Iran, South Korea qualify|
|Carroll passes West Ham medical|
|Nigeria-Uruguay Preview: Super Eagles look to land knockout blow|
|Maher agent denies Ajax deal|
|Newcastle confirm Kinnear appointment|
|Taylor ´really happy´ with Kinnear return|
|Australia 1-0 Iraq: Kennedy books Brazil place|
|Clarke happy with Reid commitment|
|Bittencourt signs for Hannover|
|Van Dijk keen on Celtic move|
|De Gea sets the bar high|
|Confederations Cup Preview: Nigeria v Uruguay|
|Bacuna keen to get going at Villa|
|Hamburg a possibility for Santa Cruz|
|Rebelo: Protests will not harm Confederations Cup|
|Kinnear: We need another striker|
|Brazil-Mexico Preview: Selecao gunning for semi-final berth|
|Valcke: Brazil better for football tournaments|
|Tahiti trump Nigeria in celebration stakes|