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

Oleksandr Kucher (left) and Laurent Koscielny

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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ukraine 2, France 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ukraine 2, France 0.

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

    Corner, France. Conceded by Andriy Yarmolenko.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Karim Benzema (France) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Olexandr Kucher (Ukraine) for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Olexandr Kucher (Ukraine).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Paul Pogba (France).

  10. Post update

    Olexandr Kucher (Ukraine) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    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.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Paul Pogba (France).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Ukraine. Oleg Gusev replaces Yevhen Konoplyanka.

  15. Booking

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

  16. Dismissal

    Laurent Koscielny (France) is shown the red card for fighting.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Olexandr Kucher (Ukraine).

  19. Post update

    Corner, France. Conceded by Andriy Pyatov.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium108201841426
2Croatia10523129317
3Serbia104241811714
4Scotland10325812-411
5Wales10316920-1110
6North Macedonia10217716-97

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy106401991022
2Denmark104421712516
3Czech Rep10433139415
4Bulgaria10343149513
5Armenia104151213-113
6Malta10109528-233

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany1091036102628
2Sweden106221914520
3Austria1052320101017
4R. of Ireland104241617-114
5Kazakhstan10127621-155
6Faroe Islands10019429-251

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands109103452928
2Romania106131912719
3Hungary105232120117
4Turkey10514169716
5Estonia10217620-147
6Andorra100010030-300

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland107301761124
2Iceland105231715217
3Slovenia105051411315
4Norway103341013-312
5Albania10325911-211
6Cyprus10127415-115

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Russia107122051522
2Portugal106312091121
3Israel103521914514
4Azerbaijan10163711-49
5Northern Ireland10145917-87
6Luxembourg10136726-196

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bos-Herze108113062425
2Greece10811124825
3Slovakia103431110113
4Lithuania10325911-211
5Latvia102261020-108
6Liechtenstein10028425-212

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England106403142722
2Ukraine106312842421
3Montenegro104331817115
4Poland103431812613
5Moldova103251217-511
6San Marino100010154-530

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain86201431120
2France8521156917
3Finland823359-49
4Georgia8125310-75
5Belarus8116716-94
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