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

By Alistair MagowanBBC Sport
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

Formation 4-3-3

  • 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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, France 3, Ukraine 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, France 3, Ukraine 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Ukraine).

  7. Post update

    Corner, France. Conceded by Edmar.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Booking

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Ukraine).

  12. Post update

    Hand ball by Mathieu Valbuena (France).

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Post update

    Corner, France. Conceded by Andriy Pyatov.

  15. Post update

    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.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Ukraine).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Ukraine. Conceded by Mamadou Sakho.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, France. Olivier Giroud replaces Karim Benzema.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Yohan Cabaye (France).

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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