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3 vs 0
Played
November 20, 2013 4:00 AM SGT
Stade de France — Paris
Referee:‬ D. Skomina‎
Attendance:‬ 77098‎
 
 
 
72′ (OG) Oleh Husyev
 
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Franck Ribéry
Franck Ribéry
France
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France 3-0 Ukraine (agg 3-2): Les Bleus produce stunning comeback

Didier Deschamps' men lost the first-leg of their World Cup play-off 2-0 but turned the tie on its head to drag themselves to Brazil

By Robin Bairner

MAMADOU SAKHO FRANCE UKRAINE WCQ 2014 11192013
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France produced a stunning comeback as they beat Ukraine 3-0 (3-2 on aggregate) to overturn a first-leg defeat and seal their place at World Cup 2014.

Didier Deschamps’ men trailed 2-0 after the first leg in Kiev, but first-half goals from Mamadou Sakho (2) and Karim Benzema levelled the tie on Tuesday before an own goal from Oleh Husyev - which came after Yevhen Khacheridi’s dismissal - booked their spot in Brazil.

The hosts controlled the early stages and took the lead when Sahko followed in Franck Ribery’s strike just after the 20-minute mark.

Benzema then doubled their advantage 12 minutes later with a close-range effort that sent the home fans into raptures.

Ukraine's Khacheridi received a red card for a second bookable offence in the 47th minute, before Sakho scored a second via a deflection off Husyev to complete the turnaround 18 minutes from time.

Laurent Koscielny was suspended after being sent off in the first leg and so Raphael Varane took his place at the heart of the French defence, while Ukraine’s Oleksandr Kucher also received his marching orders in Kiev and was replaced by Yaroslav Rakitskiy.

The home side started the game at a high tempo, and Andriy Pyatov had to be alert to parry Mathieu Valbuena's effort after three minutes.

But their early pressure paid off in 22 minutes in. Valbuena's whipped free-kick fell to Franck Ribery on the edge of the area and, although his low drive was saved well by Pyatov, Sakho slotted home the rebound.

France had the ball in the net again on the half-hour mark when Benzema tapped home only for the Real Madrid striker to be denied by the offside flag, with replays suggesting the assistant’s decision was incorrect.

Deschamps' men will feel justice was done shortly after, however, when the ball deflected into Benzema’s path and he applied the close-range finish to level the tie at 2-2, despite the fact he appeared to be in an offside position.

But after dominating the opening period, France were nearly caught out on the stroke of half-time as Andriy Yarmolenko had an effort blocked on the line by Mathieu Debuchy.

France’s chances improved soon after the restart when Khacheridi was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on Ribery.

And they could have gone ahead on aggregate in the 58th minute when Benzema found space on the left-hand side of the box before blazing his effort over the crossbar.

But France did get the breakthrough they were looking for in the 72nd minute. Ribery’s miscued effort found its way to Sakho and the Liverpool defender’s bundled effort went in via Husyev.

Substitute Olivier Giroud almost added a fourth with a back-post header that was saved by Pyatov, but the miss made no difference as France reached their fifth consecutive World Cup finals.


France

25
Hugo Lloris
Goalkeeper
3.00
26
Mathieu Debuchy
Defender
69′ 78′
3.50
17
Mamadou Sakho
Defender
22′ 45′
4.50
3
Patrice Evra
Defender
67′
3.50
2
Raphaël Varane
Defender
3.50
14
Blaise Matuidi
Midfielder
4.00
7
Franck Ribéry
Midfielder
3.00
28
Mathieu Valbuena
Midfielder
34′
3.50
6
Paul Pogba
Midfielder
4.00
6
Yohan Cabaye
Midfielder
4.00
9
Karim Benzema
Striker
34′ 82′
3.50

Ukraine

2.50
30
Andriy Pyatov
Goalkeeper
3.00
13
1.50
34
3.50
44
2.50
8
Edmar
Midfielder
2.50
29
Ruslan Rotan
Midfielder
7′
2.50
10
2.50
9
2.00
-
2.00
9

Substitutes

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30
Steve Mandanda
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
3.00
22
 - 
22
Gael Clichy
Defender
 - 
7
 - 
7
Moussa Sissoko
Midfielder
 - 
24
 - 
8
Samir Nasri
Midfielder
 - 
7
 - 
14
Loïc Remy
Striker
 - 
12
3.00

Substitutes

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12
 - 
44
 - 
-
Denis Dedechko
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
-
2.00
20
Oleh Husyev
Midfielder
64′ 72′
 - 
-
 - 
15
 - 
-
 - 
33
2.00
21

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

 
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  • Red Card
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Results
Second Leg
Times In SGT
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robin van Persie Robin van Persie
Striker
Man. United
11 2
Edin Dzeko Edin Dzeko
Striker
Man City
10 0
Mesut Özil Mesut Özil
Midfielder
Arsenal
8 3
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
8 1
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
8 0