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  • 7 June 2011
  • • 00:30
  • • Donbass Arena, Donets'k
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg

Live Commentary

  • The final score reads Ukraine 1-4 France as Les Bleus overpower their disappointing hosts in the final stages. Stay tuned for more action and reaction surrounding this game and the week's encounters right here on Join me on Thursday as France conclude their Eastern European tour with a friendly against Poland. I'm Mohammed Ali, and it's been a pleasure. Enjoy your evening.
  • Well, there we have it, a drab affair for most of the encounter has truly brightened up in the final few minutes as Marvin Martin announced himself on the international stage with two goals on his debut, either side of Younes Kaboul's header in the 89th minute.
  • 90' + 3'
    The fulltime whistle is blown. France have blown away the hosts with three goals in a frantic five minute period!
  • 90' + 2'
    Goal Marvin Martin
  • 90' + 1'
    GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLL!!! MARVIN MARTIN MAKES IT 4-1!!!!! France are definitely turning on the style, and their late dominance will certainly please Laurent Blanc. The Sochaux man receives a pass from the selfless Benzema and powers in his second of the night.
  • 90'
    The hosts look shellshocked after France's two goals in two minutes put paid to Ukraine's hopes of salvaging at least a point. They have rarely offered a threat in the second half.
  • 89'
    Goal Younes Kaboul
  • 88'
    GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLL!!! KABOUL SEALS THE WIN!! The Tottenham defender is unmarked from a corner, and rose highest to power home a header past Pyatov! Two debutants score in two minutes!
  • 87'
    Goal Marvin Martin
  • 87'
    GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLL!!! MARTIN SCORES FOR FRANCE!! Surely the winner for the visitors? The Sochaux player, who is only 10 minutes into his international debut steals the show with a fine effort from 20 yards to beat Pyatov at his near post!
  • 85'
    The visitors are dominating in the final stages at the Donbass Arena. A delightful ball is thread from the middle to Evra on the left flank, with the Man Utd man doing brilliantly to keep it in, yet the attack fizzles out.
  • 83'
    BENZEMA! The striker is unsettling the hosts and drives through the box again before being denied by Pyatov. France are making a late claim to take the win.
  • 81'
    BENZEMA! The substitute does brilliantly to evade the challenge of the left back, before skipping past two more Ukrainian defenders but wastes his chance by firing over the bar. More to come hopefully from the Real Madrid man.
  • 78'
    Play is stopped briefly after Rotan goes to ground clutching his face and writhing in agony after a challenge from Abou Diaby
  • 77'
    Laurent Blanc again rings the changes and introduces Abou Diaby, Marvin Martin and Eric Abidal for the last quarter of an hour. They replace Blaise Matuidi, Yohan Cabaye and Mamadou Sakho.
  • 76'
    SubstitutionMamadou Sakho Éric Abidal
  • 76'
    SubstitutionBlaise Matuidi A. Diaby
  • 76'
    SubstitutionYohan Cabaye Marvin Martin
  • 75'
    Ukraine are beginning to push France into their own half with their attacks. They fail to take advantage of their corners, with the linesman's flag limiting their progress.
  • 74'
    SubstitutionOleh Husyev Igor Khudobyak
  • 72'
    Tymoshchuk's freekick from well outside the area goes way over the bar. The Bayern Munich man has already beaten Steve Mandanda from that kind of range, not this time however.
  • 69'
    Ukraine replace Marko Devic for Yevgen Seleznov
  • 68'
    SubstitutionMarko Devic Yevgen Seleznov
  • 67'
    Ischenko brings down Florent Malouda on the right side. France haven't exactly performed on their set pieces this evening, and it is telling again as Ukraine quickly clear their lines.
  • 65'
    SubstitutionJérémy Menez Florent Malouda
  • 65'
    Lots of activity down on the touchline as Laurent Blanc introduces three players into the fold. The experienced Karim Benzema, Franck Ribery and Florent Malouda make way for the front three of Kevin Gameiro, Loic Remy and Jeremy Menez
  • 64'
    SubstitutionKevin Gameiro Karim Benzema
  • 64'
    SubstitutionLoïc Remy Franck Ribéry
  • 62'
    SubstitutionSerhiy Nazarenko Denys Kozhanov
  • 62'
    Milevskiy introduces himself on the pitch, with his low shot kept out by Mandanda. Meanwhile, Ukraine bring on another substitute. Sergiy Nazarenko has made way for Denis Kozhanov
  • 60'
    SubstitutionAndriy Voronin Artem Milevsky
  • 60'
    Ukraine make their second substitution after that goal. Andriy Voronin has been ineffectual as a front man all evening, and is replaced by Artem Milevskiy of Dynamo Kiev.
  • 58'
    Goal Kevin Gameiro
  • 58'
    GOOAAAAAAAALLLLL!!! GAMEIRO EQUALISES!! Just like in Belarus on Friday, Les Bleus find an instant response. The Lorient man gets into position and fires a powerful shot past Pyatov to restore parity. 1-1.
  • 53'
    Goal Anatoliy Tymoshchuk
  • 53'
    GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!!! TYMOSHCHUK PUTS UKRAINE INTO THE LEAD!!! Mandanda is wholly at fault for that one, as the Bayern Munich man drills in a 30 yard effort which slides past the wrongfooted goalkeeper. Game on?
  • 50'
    Freekick to France as Menez is fouled by Kobin. The resulting set-piece goes nowhere, with Yohan Cabaye's rushed effort quickly blocked.
  • 48'
    Oleg Gusev hauls down Blaise Matuidi, yet it is the former who is receiving medical attention as play is suspended briefly.
  • 46'
    Andriy Voronin and Marko Devic get us underway for the second period
  • The teams emerge from the tunnel and we're awaiting the resumption of this international friendly. Second half should be much better than the turgid first period. We shall see.
  • You can tweet your thoughts relating to this encounter - @mohammedali_93 The second half is only minutes away.
  • Mark Clattenburg blows the whistle on a drab first half affair at the Donbass Arena. Ukraine have done well to contain France, and have cut open the French defence on a few occasions. Les Bleus are still vulnerable in the middle of the park, and lack any creative talent in this encounter.
  • 45' + 2'
    GAMEIRO! Remy evades the defender's challenge to put Gameiro through on goal. However, the Lorient striker's effort is well saved by Pyatov, but he has adjudged to have moved fractionally offside.
  • 45' + 1'
    Two minutes of injury time are signalled at the end of the first half
  • 44'
    It's all Ukraine now towards the end of the first period, a low cross from the right caught out the French defence, yet Voronin was unable to retrieve the pullback. Seconds later, the former Liverpool striker sends a strike well over Mandanda's goal
  • 41'
    GUSEV!! The first real attacking chance of the game saw Ukraine dominate the middle of the park and thread the ball to Gusev who's shot from outside the box went tantalisingly wide. Something to build on for Oleg Blokhin's men at the interval.
  • 38'
    Marko Devic gets into the visitor's box again, however, he fails to pass the ball and opts for an extra stepover and the attack is quickly stopped by Patrice Evra. A potential chance wasted for the hosts
  • 37'
    Oleg Blokhin has been forced into an early substitution. Oleksandr Kucher has been limping for some time, and is replaced in central defence by Yevhen Khacheridi.
  • 33'
    SubstitutionOlexandr Kucher Yevhen Khacheridi
  • 33'
    Oleg Blokhin has been forced into an early substitution. Oleksandr Kucher has been limping for some time, and is replaced in central defence by Yevhen Khacheridi
  • 31'
    The first half hour has been more or less a drab affair with little to seperate the two sides. Ukraine have opted to contain France rather than build on their early attacking promise, and it is proving to be successful so far.
  • 28'
    Menez once again is proving to be a thorn in the Ukrainian side, as the Roma man's charge through the middle of the park is abruptly ended by a challenge by Kucher. Mark Clattenburg sees no wrongdoing
  • 27'
    Gameiro's clever backheel is too heavy for Loic Remy to chase down as it rolls to Pyatov. France are being overworked in the middle yet again.
  • 23'
    France are applying the pressure on now, Jeremy Menez skips past the challenge of two Ukrainian defenders, with his pullback cleared for a corner.
  • 22'
    Corner to France, Yohan Cabaye's inswinging delivery is headed behind
  • 20'
    The visitors hold the ball up, waiting patiently for chances to open up as Blaise Matuidi sends in a testing low cross from the left. Quickly cleared by an alert Oleksandr Kucher.
  • 17'
    Les Bleus are enjoying more of the ball, yet they've largely been kept at arm's length by Ukraine in the early exchanges. Loic Remy is penalised for a foul on Vycheslav Shevchuk
  • 12'
    A teasing cross forces Anthony Revelliere to head behind safely for a corner, but the setpiece is quickly snuffed out by Steve Mandanda. A waste.
  • 9'
    France surge up the field, yet Sakho loses out to Voronin in the middle of the park. The PSG man's limp release of the ball allowed Devic to run clear on the right, yet the pull back was disappointingly poor to trouble the rearguard.
  • 7'
    Sakho is penalised for a foul near the corner flag. The hosts fail to make anything count however, with Sakho clearing the ball away from the box.
  • 6'
    It's the visitors' turn to enjoy more of the ball, a long cross from the right evades the front line, and into the grateful hands of Pyatov.
  • 3'
    The hosts have settled into a controlling rhythm, with Loic Remy going wide with an early shot. Not troubling Andriy Pyatov.
  • 1'
    France get the game underway. Lots of empty seats around the Donbass Arena
  • Captains for the evening Bayern Munich's Anatoliy Tymoshchuk and Marseille's Steve Mandanda go through the pre-match formalities. France are in their tradiitional blue jerseys, whilst the hosts are in their distinct yellow kits.
  • National anthems are played at a noisy Donbass Arena in Donetsk. Kick off is not too far away.
  • Interesting team selection from the visitors, with Laurent Blanc ringing the changes from their woeful display away to Belarus on Friday. Les Bleus were held to a 1-1 draw in their Euro 2012 qualifier, and only Mamadou Sakho retains his place for tonight's encounter. Meanwhile, Ukraine are without captain and talisman Andriy Shevchenko
  • France: Mandanda; Revelliere, Kaboul, Evra, Sakho, Cabaye, M'Vila, Matuidi, Menez, Remy, Gameiro
  • Ukraine line up as thus: Pyatov; Kucher, Shevchuk, Ischenko, Tymoshchuk, Rotan, Nazarenko, Husyev, Kobin, Voronin, Devic
  • Good evening and welcome to's coverage of the international friendly between Ukraine and France at the Donbass Arena, home of Shakhtar Donetsk. I'm Mohammed Ali, and I will be guiding you through proceedings tonight. You can get involved by tweeting your thoughts to @mohammedali_93. Confirmed team lineups to follow shortly