France became the first European team to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit to reach the World Cup with a thrilling 3-0 victory over 10-man Ukraine.

Mamadou Sakho tucked in Franck Ribery's shot and Karim Benzema levelled the tie from an offside position, having been wrongly denied by the flag earlier.

Who has qualified?

Africa: Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria

Asia: Australia, Iran, Japan, South Korea

Europe: Belgium, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, Spain

North & Central America & Caribbean: Costa Rica, Honduras, United States

South America: Argentina, Brazil (hosts), Colombia, Ecuador, Chile

Ukraine's Yevhen Khacheridi was sent off early in the second half.

And the tie was decided when Sakho converted Ribery's cross under pressure from Oleg Gusev.

At the time of Khacheridi's dismissal, France were 2-0 up after a pulsating opening period but any chance that Ukraine had of altering the flow of the match then drained away.

His red card was certainly avoidable after receiving a first yellow card for shoving Liverpool defender Sakho before half-time and he thoughtlessly fouled Ribery two minutes into the second half.

France coach Didier Deschamps asked for an "exceptional" match from his team and they replied in some style as they handed Ukraine their first defeat of 2013 and avoided becoming the first French side to miss out on the World Cup since they failed to qualify for the 1994 finals.

That mark on France's rich football history came via a final qualifier defeat by Bulgaria in November 1993 - and roared on by a partisan crowd at the Stade de France, the 1998 World Cup winners were determined not to suffer the same fate.

Marseille's Mathieu Valbuena and Bayern Munich's Ribery were a menace throughout, conjuring a variety of deadly set-plays, quick combinations and strong running.

And they were involved in several exchanges as Valbuena, Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and Real Madrid's Benzema all went close to opening the scoring in the first 20 minutes.

It was in stark contrast to an insipid first-leg display in Ukraine, who this time struggled to begin with but looked to be finding their feet when the hosts went ahead.

Ukraine managed to clear Valbuena's free-kick and although Andriy Pyatov made a superb save to stop Ribery's fierce shot, Sakho was on hand to crash the ball in.

Deschamps' side then continued their first-half onslaught as Pogba fired over but they were fortunate to grab their second goal after 34 minutes, although they will feel that justice was served after Benzema was previously ruled offside for a goal when he appeared to be level with the Ukraine defence.

Play-off problems

Ukraine have lost World Cup play-offs against Croatia (1998), Germany (2002), Greece (2010), France (2014) and a Euro 2000 play-off against Slovenia in 1999

The Real Madrid forward had his first effort disallowed after tucking in Ribery's cross on the half-hour mark. Then four minutes later, Cabaye's shot through a congested penalty area struck Valbuena before falling for Benzema, and despite being offside by two yards, the goal stood.

Ukraine almost clawed a goal back when Mathieu Debuchy blocked Andriy Yarmalenko's goal-bound shot with France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris beaten.

However, their task became more difficult after the break when Khacheridi received two yellow cards in the space of two minutes either side of the interval.

Benzema wasted a great chance to put France ahead as he fired over from 10 yards when he had time and space to shoot after more good work by Ribery.

But when Ribery crossed in from the right, Sakho directed the ball home from close range to send France to the World Cup.

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (4)

France

  • 01 Lloris
  • 02 Debuchy Booked (Sagna - 78' )
  • 03 Evra Booked
  • 06 Cabaye
  • 04 Varane
  • 05 Sakho Booked
  • 19 Pogba
  • 14 Matuidi
  • 10 Benzema (Giroud - 82' )
  • 08 Valbuena
  • 07 Ribéry

Substitutes

  • 09 Giroud
  • 11 Nasri
  • 12 Clichy
  • 13 Grenier
  • 15 Sagna
  • 16 Mandanda
  • 17 Payet
  • 18 Sissoko
  • 20 Remy
  • 21 Mavuba
  • 22 Abidal
  • 23 Landreau

Ukraine

  • 12 Pyatov
  • 16 Mandziuk Booked
  • 13 Shevchuk
  • 21 Aparecida Holovskyi
  • 03 Khacheridi Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 20 Rakitskiy
  • 07 Yarmolenko
  • 14 Rotan Booked
  • 08 Zozulya (Seleznyov - 76' )
  • 15 Bezus (Gusev - 64' )
  • 10 Konoplyanka

Substitutes

  • 02 Dedechko
  • 04 Tymoshchuk
  • 05 Khomchenovsky
  • 06 Stepanenko
  • 09 Gusev
  • 11 Seleznyov
  • 17 Fedorchuk
  • 18 Morozyuk
  • 19 Sydorchuk
  • 22 Devic
  • 23 Khudzhamov
Ref: Damir Skomina

Match Stats

Shots

24 9

On target

9 2

Corners

9 7

Fouls

23 21

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, France 3, Ukraine 0.

90:00 +2:57 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, France 3, Ukraine 0.

90:00 +2:38

Attempt saved. Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Ukraine) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +2:10

Offside, France. Hugo Lloris tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

90:00 +1:33

Franck Ribéry (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:33

Foul by Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Ukraine).

89:44

Corner, France. Conceded by Edmar.

89:42

Attempt blocked. Mathieu Valbuena (France) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrice Evra.

89:05 Booking

Booking Vitaly Mandziuk (Ukraine) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

88:33

Mathieu Valbuena (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:33

Foul by Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Ukraine).

87:00

Hand ball by Mathieu Valbuena (France).

85:48

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (France) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena with a cross following a corner.

85:16

Corner, France. Conceded by Andriy Pyatov.

85:13

Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (France) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena with a cross.

84:34

Olivier Giroud (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:34

Foul by Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Ukraine).

82:07

Corner, Ukraine. Conceded by Mamadou Sakho.

81:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, France. Olivier Giroud replaces Karim Benzema.

81:05

Foul by Yohan Cabaye (France).

81:05

Evgen Seleznyov (Ukraine) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:34

Attempt missed. Franck Ribéry (France) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

80:16

Attempt blocked. Ruslan Rotan (Ukraine) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

79:40

Attempt blocked. Yohan Cabaye (France) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Paul Pogba.

78:15

Mathieu Valbuena (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:15

Foul by Viacheslav Shevchuk (Ukraine).

77:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, France. Bacary Sagna replaces Mathieu Debuchy.

77:03

Paul Pogba (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:03

Foul by Viacheslav Shevchuk (Ukraine).

75:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ukraine. Evgen Seleznyov replaces Roman Zozulya.

75:29

Mathieu Valbuena (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:29

Foul by Viacheslav Shevchuk (Ukraine).

73:09

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (France).

73:09

Yevhen Konoplyanka (Ukraine) wins a free kick on the left wing.

71:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! France 3, Ukraine 0. Mamadou Sakho (France) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mathieu Debuchy.

71:16

Attempt missed. Mathieu Debuchy (France) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Pogba.

71:13

Attempt saved. Patrice Evra (France) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mamadou Sakho with a headed pass.

70:42

Corner, France. Conceded by Andriy Pyatov.

70:40

Attempt saved. Yohan Cabaye (France) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Franck Ribéry.

69:57

Attempt missed. Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Ukraine) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

69:06

Foul by Yohan Cabaye (France).

69:06

Yevhen Konoplyanka (Ukraine) wins a free kick on the left wing.

68:16 Booking

Booking Mathieu Debuchy (France) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

68:11

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (France).

68:11

Yevhen Konoplyanka (Ukraine) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:32

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

67:08

Delay in match Andriy Yarmolenko (Ukraine) because of an injury.

66:50 Booking

Booking Patrice Evra (France) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66:41

Foul by Patrice Evra (France).

66:41

Andriy Yarmolenko (Ukraine) wins a free kick on the right wing.

65:41

Attempt missed. Mathieu Debuchy (France) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

64:12

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (France).

64:12

Yevhen Konoplyanka (Ukraine) wins a free kick on the left wing.

63:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ukraine. Oleg Gusev replaces Roman Bezus.

63:20

Attempt missed. Franck Ribéry (France) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Patrice Evra.

60:41

Offside, France. Paul Pogba tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

59:58

Foul by Yohan Cabaye (France).

59:58

Roman Bezus (Ukraine) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:03

Franck Ribéry (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

58:03

Foul by Vitaly Mandziuk (Ukraine).

57:29

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (France) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Franck Ribéry.

56:54

Mathieu Debuchy (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:54

Foul by Yevhen Konoplyanka (Ukraine).

56:39

Foul by Paul Pogba (France).

56:39

Roman Bezus (Ukraine) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:38

Blaise Matuidi (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:38

Foul by Edmar (Ukraine).

54:31

Mathieu Valbuena (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:31

Foul by Viacheslav Shevchuk (Ukraine).

53:58

Foul by Blaise Matuidi (France).

53:58

Roman Zozulya (Ukraine) wins a free kick on the right wing.

53:31

Attempt missed. Yohan Cabaye (France) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena.

53:02

Corner, France. Conceded by Viacheslav Shevchuk.

52:04

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (France).

52:04

Yevhen Konoplyanka (Ukraine) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:14

Foul by Blaise Matuidi (France).

51:14

Edmar (Ukraine) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:38

Attempt missed. Blaise Matuidi (France) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Franck Ribéry.

49:59

Offside, France. Mathieu Debuchy tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

48:06

Attempt missed. Roman Bezus (Ukraine) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

47:31

Offside, France. Yohan Cabaye tries a through ball, but Mathieu Valbuena is caught offside.

46:46

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

46:28

Delay in match Franck Ribéry (France) because of an injury.

46:09 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Yevhen Khacheridi (Ukraine) for a bad foul.

45:59

Franck Ribéry (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:59

Foul by Yevhen Khacheridi (Ukraine).

45:12

Foul by Mathieu Valbuena (France).

45:12

Ruslan Rotan (Ukraine) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins France 2, Ukraine 0.

45:00 +1:32 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, France 2, Ukraine 0.

45:00 +1:28

Attempt blocked. Andriy Yarmolenko (Ukraine) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Roman Bezus.

45:00 +1:27

Attempt missed. Roman Bezus (Ukraine) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Yevhen Konoplyanka with a cross following a corner.

45:00 +1:08

Corner, Ukraine. Conceded by Blaise Matuidi.

45:00 +0:32

Corner, Ukraine. Conceded by Mathieu Debuchy.

45:00 +0:11

Attempt missed. Andriy Yarmolenko (Ukraine) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Viacheslav Shevchuk with a cross.

44:12 Booking

Booking Mamadou Sakho (France) is shown the yellow card.

44:10 Booking

Booking Yevhen Khacheridi (Ukraine) is shown the yellow card.

43:12

Franck Ribéry (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:12

Foul by Vitaly Mandziuk (Ukraine).

41:57

Foul by Yohan Cabaye (France).

41:57

Roman Bezus (Ukraine) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:29

Hand ball by Mathieu Valbuena (France).

38:35

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

38:16

Delay in match Roman Bezus (Ukraine) because of an injury.

36:24

Attempt missed. Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Ukraine) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

35:40

Foul by Raphael Varane (France).

35:40

Roman Bezus (Ukraine) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:28

Paul Pogba (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:28

Foul by Roman Bezus (Ukraine).

33:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! France 2, Ukraine 0. Karim Benzema (France) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

33:03

Attempt blocked. Patrice Evra (France) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

32:09

Mathieu Valbuena (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:09

Foul by Edmar (Ukraine).

31:38

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (France).

31:38

Yevhen Konoplyanka (Ukraine) wins a free kick on the left wing.

31:09

Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (France) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena with a cross following a corner.

30:43

Corner, France. Conceded by Andriy Pyatov.

30:41

Attempt saved. Mathieu Valbuena (France) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Franck Ribéry.

29:19

Offside, France. Franck Ribéry tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

28:10

Mathieu Valbuena (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:10

Foul by Yevhen Konoplyanka (Ukraine).

28:05

Attempt missed. Yevhen Konoplyanka (Ukraine) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

27:36

Corner, Ukraine. Conceded by Yohan Cabaye.

27:14

Foul by Blaise Matuidi (France).

27:14

Roman Bezus (Ukraine) wins a free kick on the left wing.

25:05

Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (France) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

24:16

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (France).

24:16

Yevhen Konoplyanka (Ukraine) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:34

Corner, France. Conceded by Yevhen Khacheridi.

21:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! France 1, Ukraine 0. Mamadou Sakho (France) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.

21:30

Attempt saved. Franck Ribéry (France) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

20:56

Hand ball by Edmar (Ukraine).

18:18

Corner, Ukraine. Conceded by Mathieu Valbuena.

17:52

Corner, Ukraine. Conceded by Yohan Cabaye.

17:20

Corner, Ukraine. Conceded by Mathieu Debuchy.

15:33

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

15:14

Delay in match Roman Zozulya (Ukraine) because of an injury.

14:58

Foul by Mamadou Sakho (France).

14:58

Roman Zozulya (Ukraine) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:37

Mathieu Debuchy (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:37

Foul by Roman Zozulya (Ukraine).

10:27

Raphael Varane (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:27

Foul by Roman Zozulya (Ukraine).

10:04

Foul by Karim Benzema (France).

10:04

Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Ukraine) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:30

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (France) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena with a cross following a set piece situation.

8:29

Mathieu Valbuena (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.

8:29

Foul by Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Ukraine).

7:57

Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (France) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena with a cross following a corner.

7:39

Corner, France. Conceded by Edmar.

6:36 Booking

Booking Ruslan Rotan (Ukraine) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

6:30

Franck Ribéry (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:30

Foul by Ruslan Rotan (Ukraine).

5:56

Foul by Mamadou Sakho (France).

5:56

Roman Zozulya (Ukraine) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:19

Franck Ribéry (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

4:19

Foul by Andriy Yarmolenko (Ukraine).

2:39

Foul by Paul Pogba (France).

2:39

Viacheslav Shevchuk (Ukraine) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:20

Corner, France. Conceded by Andriy Pyatov.

2:16

Attempt saved. Mathieu Valbuena (France) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Karim Benzema with a cross.

2:00

Corner, France. Conceded by Yevhen Khacheridi.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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