World Cup Qualifying - European - Play-Offs - 2nd Leg
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France 3-0 Ukraine (agg 3-2)

Mamadou Sakho

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.

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.

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.

Line-ups

France

  • 1Lloris
  • 2DebuchyBooked at 69minsSubstituted forSagnaat 78'minutes
  • 3EvraBooked at 67mins
  • 6Cabaye
  • 4Varane
  • 5SakhoBooked at 45mins
  • 19Pogba
  • 14Matuidi
  • 10BenzemaSubstituted forGiroudat 82'minutes
  • 8Valbuena
  • 7Ribéry

Substitutes

  • 9Giroud
  • 11Nasri
  • 12Clichy
  • 13Grenier
  • 15Sagna
  • 16Mandanda
  • 17Payet
  • 18Sissoko
  • 20Remy
  • 21Mavuba
  • 22Abidal
  • 23Landreau

Ukraine

  • 12Pyatov
  • 16MandziukBooked at 90mins
  • 13Shevchuk
  • 21Aparecida Holovskyi
  • 3KhacheridiBooked at 47mins
  • 20Rakitskiy
  • 7Yarmolenko
  • 14RotanBooked at 7mins
  • 8ZozulyaSubstituted forSeleznyovat 76'minutes
  • 15BezusSubstituted forGusevat 64'minutes
  • 10Konoplyanka

Substitutes

  • 2Dedechko
  • 4Tymoshchuk
  • 5Khomchenovsky
  • 6Stepanenko
  • 9Gusev
  • 11Seleznyov
  • 17Fedorchuk
  • 18Morozyuk
  • 19Sydorchuk
  • 22Devic
  • 23Khudzhamov
Referee:
Damir Skomina

Match Stats

Home TeamFranceAway TeamUkraine
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home24
Away9
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away7
Fouls
Home23
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, France 3, Ukraine 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, France 3, Ukraine 0.

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

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

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

Foul by Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Ukraine).

Corner, France. Conceded by Edmar.

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Ukraine).

Hand ball by Mathieu Valbuena (France).

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.

Corner, France. Conceded by Andriy Pyatov.

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.

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

Foul by Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Ukraine).

Corner, Ukraine. Conceded by Mamadou Sakho.

Substitution

Substitution, France. Olivier Giroud replaces Karim Benzema.

Foul by Yohan Cabaye (France).

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

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.

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

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

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

Foul by Viacheslav Shevchuk (Ukraine).

Substitution

Substitution, France. Bacary Sagna replaces Mathieu Debuchy.

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

Foul by Viacheslav Shevchuk (Ukraine).

Substitution

Substitution, Ukraine. Evgen Seleznyov replaces Roman Zozulya.

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

Foul by Viacheslav Shevchuk (Ukraine).

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (France).

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

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.

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

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.

Corner, France. Conceded by Andriy Pyatov.

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

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

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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