World Cup Qualifying - European - Play-Offs - 1st Leg
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Ukraine 2-0 France

France's hopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil suffered a major blow as Ukraine won the first leg of their play-off tie.

Both teams ended with 10 men after Laurent Koscielny and Olexandr Kucher were sent off in stoppage time.

But the damage had already been done as Roman Zozulya side-footed home after being put through by Edmar.

Koscielny then conceded a penalty for bringing down Zozulya, allowing Andriy Yarmolenko to convert from the spot.

The victory on home soil will give Ukraine, who have lost their previous three World Cup play-offs, confidence ahead of Tuesday's second leg in Paris.

Ukraine's advantage also leaves Didier Deschamps's men facing the prospect of failing to qualify for a major tournament for the first time since the 1994 World Cup.

Deschamps admitted before the match that his team faced a stern test in Kiev, with the hosts unbeaten in 10 games since Mikhail Fomenko became manager at the beginning of the year.

Ukraine have also become adept at keeping clean sheets, with this their eighth clean sheet during Fomenko's tenure.

With Franck Ribery closely marked, France barely troubled the Ukrainians, a volley from Samir Nasri after falling a goal behind the closest Les Bleus came to scoring.

Edmar was the architect of the first goal, bisecting the French defence, and Zozulya held firm under desperate French defending to squeeze the ball home from six yards.

Ukraine threatened to score a second and were rewarded with the penalty, while Yarmolenko converted. The evening got worse for Koscielny as he was shown a second yellow for raising his arms at Kucher.

A perfect evening for the hosts was ruined when Kucher was then shown a second yellow two minutes later for a foul on Mathieu Valbuena.

Deschamps said: "Opening the scoring gave them more strength and we made a mistake on the penalty.

"It's obviously a very bad result. We have to believe [we can go through] but Ukraine are the team in the best position to qualify. We still have 90 minutes at home."

Line-ups

Ukraine

  • 12Pyatov
  • 17FedetskiyBooked at 70mins
  • 13ShevchukBooked at 36mins
  • 6Stepanenko
  • 3Khacheridi
  • 5KucherBooked at 90mins
  • 7Yarmolenko
  • 14Rotan
  • 8ZozulyaSubstituted forSeleznyovat 86'minutes
  • 21Aparecida HolovskyiSubstituted forBezusat 76'minutes
  • 10KonoplyankaSubstituted forGusevat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Koval
  • 2Dedechko
  • 4Tymoshchuk
  • 9Gusev
  • 11Seleznyov
  • 15Bezus
  • 16Mandziuk
  • 18Morozyuk
  • 19Sydorchuk
  • 20Rakitskiy
  • 22Devic
  • 23Khudzhamov

France

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Debuchy
  • 3Evra
  • 14Matuidi
  • 21KoscielnyBooked at 90mins
  • 22Abidal
  • 20RemySubstituted forSissokoat 62'minutesBooked at 76mins
  • 19Pogba
  • 9GiroudBooked at 45minsSubstituted forBenzemaat 70'minutes
  • 11NasriSubstituted forValbuenaat 80'minutes
  • 7Ribéry

Substitutes

  • 4Mavuba
  • 5Sakho
  • 6Cabaye
  • 8Valbuena
  • 10Benzema
  • 12Clichy
  • 13Grenier
  • 15Sagna
  • 16Mandanda
  • 17Payet
  • 18Sissoko
  • 23Landreau
Referee:
Cüneyt Çakir

Match Stats

Home TeamUkraineAway TeamFrance
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away9
Fouls
Home23
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Ukraine 2, France 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ukraine 2, France 0.
Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (France) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena with a cross following a corner.
Corner, France. Conceded by Andriy Yarmolenko.
Attempt blocked. Karim Benzema (France) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Olexandr Kucher (Ukraine) for a bad foul.
Franck Ribéry (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Olexandr Kucher (Ukraine).
Foul by Paul Pogba (France).
Olexandr Kucher (Ukraine) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Viacheslav Shevchuk (Ukraine) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ruslan Rotan following a set piece situation.
Foul by Paul Pogba (France).
Roman Bezus (Ukraine) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ukraine. Oleg Gusev replaces Yevhen Konoplyanka.

Booking

Olexandr Kucher (Ukraine) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dismissal

Laurent Koscielny (France) is shown the red card for fighting.
Mathieu Debuchy (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Olexandr Kucher (Ukraine).
Corner, France. Conceded by Andriy Pyatov.
Franck Ribéry (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.
goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Belgium108201426
2Croatia10523317
3Serbia10424714
4Scotland10325-411
5Wales10316-1110
6Macedonia10217-97

B

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Italy106401022
2Denmark10442516
3Czech Rep10433415
4Bulgaria10343513
5Armenia10415-113
6Malta10109-233

C

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Germany109102628
2Sweden10622520
3Austria105231017
4R. of Ireland10424-114
5Kazakhstan10127-155
6Faroe Islands10019-251

D

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Netherlands109102928
2Romania10613719
3Hungary10523117
4Turkey10514716
5Estonia10217-147
6Andorra100010-300

E

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Switzerland107301124
2Iceland10523217
3Slovenia10505315
4Norway10334-312
5Albania10325-211
6Cyprus10127-115

F

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Russia107121522
2Portugal106311121
3Israel10352514
4Azerbaijan10163-49
5Northern Ireland10145-87
6Luxembourg10136-196

G

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Bos-Herze108112425
2Greece10811825
3Slovakia10343113
4Lithuania10325-211
5Latvia10226-108
6Liechtenstein10028-212

H

TeamPWDLGDPts
1England106402722
2Ukraine106312421
3Montenegro10433115
4Poland10343613
5Moldova10325-511
6San Marino100010-530

I

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Spain86201120
2France8521917
3Finland8233-49
4Georgia8125-75
5Belarus8116-94
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