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Republic of Ireland
September 3, 2010
• Stade de France, Paris
Referee: W. Collum
• Attendance: 76395
S. Kislyak 86'
90' + 4'
Its all over the referee has blown for time and Laurent Blanc tastes defeat, it has finished here at the Stade de France 1-0 to Belarus.
90' + 4'
One last corner for France... what can they do? Gameiro gets the knock down from a deflected Sagna shot but puts his snap shot from 6 yards inches over.
90' + 2'
Belarus still coming forward though not in as many numbers. They are still trying to knock the ball around as well.
90' + 1'
Urgency from the French now as they seek to get the ball forward as quickly as possible, Hoarau knocks a long ball down to Valbuena but his shot goes high and wide from 25 yards out.
Gameiro manages to get into the box and put a cross in from the edge of the 18 yard line on the right side, but it is too long and high for the forwards to get to.
Belarus sub: V. Hleb off, Putilo on
France are stunned, the players cannot believe they are behind.
GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL!!!! Belarus take a dramatic lead with 5 minutes remaining!!!!! V. Hleb skips past Clichy on the left side of the box on the goal line and cuts it back for Kislyak who fires home from the penalty spot. 1-0.
Belarus sub: Rodionov off, Kornilenko on
Valbuena goes on a nice dribble but he gets the ball trapped in his feet and it runs away from him.
Saha lasts 11 minutes as he is brought off for Gameiro. He has injured his knee.
The crowd are getting frustrated as Belarus come forward once more.
Belarus having a prolonged spell of possession in the France half and win a corner for themselves. But it is over hit once more.
Belarus sub: Kutuzov off, Kislyak on
Saha has given France more options through the middle as he partners Hoarau in a more traditional sense.
Clchy with a deep cross from the left this time that hangs in the air. It is punched away by Zhevnov only as far as Valbuena whose volley is palmed over by a backtracking Zhevnov.
French Sub: Menez off, Saha on
Rami and Rodionov are in a foot race down the towards the French left beck position. The Frenchman wins.
Sagna swings a deep cross in from the right but it is over hit and easily claimed by the goalkeeper.
France once more keeping possession well, as M'Vila sprays the ball from left to right.
Malouda thinks he has scored, but it is ruled offside and rightly so. The crowd disagree however and the boo's ring round the Stade de France.
A header from a long throw falls to Hoarau but he puts his looping header over the bar. Long throws into the box are causing Belarus lots of problems.
Long shot from Rodionov just outside the D but he slices it wide.
France putting pressure on the Belarus defenders forcing mistakes out of them.
Long throw by Sagna, is flicked on in the 6 yard box by Hoarau to Malouda whose diving header goes safely into the hands of Zhevnov. France are getting closer.
Hleb makes a great run across the French defence then plays a delightful through pass to Kutuzov who is one on one with Lloris but he blasts his shot wide. A real chance and let of for France.
Yellow CardVitali Rodionov
Malouda from the left gives the ball to Menez in the centre but his shot is charged down. M'Vila then has a go from distance after stealing the ball from Kutuzov, but it's easy for the keeper.
France signal their intent from the off, Menez runs onto a lovely ball from Sagna but his shot is straight at the goalkeeper. A good opening for France.
And we're back for the Second Half of France vs Belarus. Can France find that finishing touch?
45' + 2'
The half time whistle goes. France have been the better side but need to be more alert in the final third of the pitch. Don't go anywhere, we will be back in 15 minutes for the second half.
45' + 1'
Shot by Malouda from 25 yards out straight in front of goal is beaten clear.
France give the ball away too easily but too their credit they are working hard to get it back each time.
Sagna's cross come shot is easily gathered Zhevnov in the Belarus goal.
France continue to threaten, but once more the final pass is not good enough. This time Clichy has a simple pass cut out and Belarus break.
The French are playing the ball along the backline as Belarus have closed the space in which they have to work in the final third.
Malouda is becoming more influential. France are now looking to him for inspiration.
Some good interplay between Malouda and Menez, but Malouda's shot is cleared out for a corner.
Early substitute for France: Loic Remy is replaced by Matthieu Valbuena, Remy is taken straight down the tunnel, lets hope the injury is not serious
Menez is the architect for the French as he brings the ball forward from the back but again his final ball is poor as he tries to release Hoarau down the right, but he over hits it and it's a goal kick.
Header by Rami from a corner is deflected for another. France have stepped up a gear and are in control of the match.
Remy dribbles down the left but an excellent sliding tackle from Martinovitch
Interestingly the possession stats are 53% Belarus, 47% France. The away team have looked to cause some damage in the last few moments.
Belarus have a freekick, 30 yards out Kulchy takes and sends it way off target to the delight of the French crowd.
Menez once more looking to play the killer pass, this time for Hoarau but the keeper is there to smother.
Long throw by Clichy ends up with Malouda in the 6 yard box, but is attempt at an overhead kick goes way over.
A number of poor hopeful balls forward by France is cause for concern as the away side grow in confidence a little.
Attack down the left by France, Clichy gets his cross in but it is not good enough and is easily cleared
Legend Zinedine Zidane watched from the stands, but this new French side haven't turned on the style yet. Hoarau shows good movement up front but is thwarted by the Belerus defence once more. France are showing glimpses.
Yellow CardYan Tigorev
Belarus make a rare appearance in the French half and win themselves a corner kick.
Menez looking to create once more, sends a the ball forward for Remy but it's too hard, though Remy wins another corner
Malouda handed the captains armband and has an early sot blocked, but wins a corner.
Jeremy Menez and Loic Remy combining well to launch a counter attack down the right side.
France have all the early momentum, and look a much happier outfit than the side that left South Africa in disgrace.
France certainly starting with intent. Keeping the ball well with the defence pushed very high up the park.
The home team get us underway here at the Stade de France.
Valbuena swings in a great cross that was destined for the head of Malouda until Shitov flicked it away from the Chelsea midfielders path.
The referee is giving some of the players a talking to for pushing in the penalty area. The corner is finally taken but is over hit and wasted.
Good evening and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of the Group D match between France and Belarus! The former European and World champions will be looking to put a disastrous summer behind them and start strongly in Laurent Blanc's first competitive match. Stay with us for all the action!
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