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Stade de France (ATT 77,000) 19th November 2013 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: D Skomina

France France vs Ukraine Ukraine

France (3) 3

M Sakho (22)
K Benzema (33)
O Gusev (og 74)

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Ukraine (2) 0

Y Khacheridi (S/O 47)

World Cup Qualifiers: France revival sinks Ukraine 3-0

Last Updated: 20/11/13 7:45am

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The France squad celebrate qualifying for the World Cup

The France squad celebrate qualifying for the World Cup

France produced a stunning comeback in their World Cup play-off against Ukraine, winning 3-0 in Paris to progress to the tournament with a 3-2 aggregate scoreline.

Mamadou Sakho opened the scoring and two erroneous offside decisions balanced each other out as Karim Benzema scored shortly after seeing another effort disallowed.

And after Ukraine had Yevhen Khacheridi sent off, an unfortunate own goal by their substitute Oleg Gusev completed a remarkable turnaround for Les Bleus, who were unrecognisable from their lacklustre showing in Kiev last Friday.

The conditions at the Stade de France were causing problems early on, with several players slipping and the surface cutting up badly, and Ukraine's Ruslan Rotan was booked in the seventh minute for clumsily bringing down Franck Ribery.

Karim Benzema's poor control and pass, with team-mates well placed, saw a promising French attack break down and Paul Pogba headed Mathieu Valbuena's corner well over.

Benzema then nodded a Valbuena free-kick over as France started on the front foot, and they got a deserved opener in the 22nd minute.

Valbuena's free-kick from the right was not cleared and when Ribery's fierce low drive was blocked, Sakho followed up to lash home.

There was controversy as Benzema was initially denied a goal, the offside flag wrongly raised when he turned a low cross in with his torso from a yard out.

Valbuena's excellent drive, with minimal backlift, was tipped away by Andrei Pyatov - who had seen his national record run of clean sheets ended at eight by Sakho.

Benzema got his goal, though, in the 34th minute when he side-footed home after an almighty scramble - though on this occasion he was shown to be comfortably offside when the ball took a final touch off Valbuena's chest.

Sakho and Khacheridi were both booked in the aftermath of Roman Bezus' foul on Ribery.

Hugo Lloris saved Andriy Yarmolenko's shot in first-half injury time to keep his side two up and the tie all square on aggregate.

Ukraine were reduced to 10 men early in the second period when Khacheridi collected a second yellow card for a foul on Ribery.

Yohan Cabaye fired Valbuena's corner over and Benzema then shot wastefully over with his left foot when given a clear sight of goal.

Mathieu Debuchy's spectacular volley flew wide before Ukraine missed a glorious chance to retake the lead in the tie. Gusev's volley took a deflection off Sakho but Roman Zozulya was unable to react in time to beat Lloris.

Pyatov pushed away Cabaye's swerving effort but France soon had the vital third goal.

A good strike from Patrice Evra was pushed away by Pyatov but Pogba laid the ball off to Ribery, whose deflected shot was unwittingly turned in by Gusev with Sakho lurking at the far post.

Ribery could not get Benzema's pass under control and skied a shot over when off balance.

Pyatov magnificently saved from unmarked substitute Olivier Giroud and the Arsenal striker powered another header over.

Ukraine's last chance disappeared with Yaroslav Rakitsky's well-struck volley straight down Lloris' throat and it was Didier Deschamps' side who were left looking ahead to a summer in Brazil.


FranceTeam StatisticsUkraine
3Goals0
21st Half Goals0
9Shots on Target2
12Shots off Target6
3Blocked Shots1
9Corners7
23Fouls21
5Offsides0
3Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards1
84Passing Success55.3
15Tackles22
73.3Tackles Success68.2
67.6Possession32.4
54.5Territorial Advantage45.5
525Total Passes235
28Total Crosses14
147Lost Balls163
71Recoveries50
69.11st Half Poss.30.9
69.12nd Half Poss.30.9

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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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