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France Overturn 2-0 Deficit To Reach World Cup

posted 19 Nov 2013, 15:09 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 19 Nov 2013, 15:10 ]

France come back from the brink to overcome Ukraine 3-0 in a thrilling playoff return match to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

 PARISFRANCE (NOVEMBER 19, 2013) (FRENCH FOOTBALL FEDERATION) -  France came back from the brink to overcome 10-man Ukraine 3-0 in a thrilling playoff return match and qualify for the 2014 World Cup with a 3-2 aggregate victory on Tuesday (November 19).

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Coach Didier Deschamps rung the changes by bringing in centre backs Mamadou Sakho and Raphael Varane, holding midfielder Yohan Cabaye, winger Mathieu Valbuena and striker Karim Benzema and his gamble paid off on a dramatic night at the Stade de France.

Ukraine, who won the first leg in Kiev 2-0 on Friday (November 15), were on the backfoot from the very beginning.

The home team made an aggressive start with Valbuena's low shot being deflected for a corner as Ukraine struggled to contain wave after wave of French attacks.

France were rewarded for their efforts when keeper Andriy Pyatov made an excellent save to deny Franck Ribery but the ball fell to Sakho who blasted the rebound into the net from a narrow angle.

Ukraine had not conceded a goal in their eight previous matches.

The in-form Pyatov also palmed Valbuena's rising shot over the bar as Ukrainelooked set to crack.

Benzema was fortunate with the second goal, clearly standing in an offside position when he fired home from close range following a series of goalmouth ricochets.

Second-half substitute Oleg Gusev then deflected a Ribery shot into his own goal to seal Ukraine's fate in the 72nd minute.

France 3 Ukraine 0 - World Cup qualifying playoff second-leg result.

France won 3-2 on aggregate

In Paris

Scorers: Mamadou Sakho 22, Karim Benzema 34, Oleg Gusev 72og

Red card: Yevhen Khacheridi (Ukraine) 47

Halftime: 2-0

Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

Teams for Tuesday's World Cup qualifying playoff second-leg match betweenFrance and Ukraine at Stade de France.

France: 1-Hugo Lloris; 2-Mathieu Debuchy, 4-Raphael Varane, 5-Mamadou Sakho, 3-Patrice Evra; 19-Paul Pogba, 6-Yohan Cabaye, 14-Blaise Matuidi; 8-Mathieu Valbuena, 10-Karim Benzema, 7-Franck Ribery

Substitutes: 16-Steve Mandanda, 23-Mickael Landreau, 9-Olivier Giroud, 11-Samir Nasri, 12-Gael Clichy, 13-Clement Grenier, 15-Bacary Sagna, 17-Dimitri Payet, 18-Moussa Sissoko, 20-Loic Remy, 21-Rio Mavuba, 22-Eric Abidal

Ukraine: 12-Andriy Pyatov; 16-Vitaliy Mandziuk, 3-Yevhen Khacheridi, 20-Yaroslav Rakistkiy, 13-Vyacheslav Shevchuk; 14-Ruslan Rotan, 15-Roman Bezus; 7-Andriy Yarmolenko, 21-Edmar, 10-Yevhen Konoplyanka; 8-Roman Zozulia.

Substitutes: 23-Rustam Khudzhamov, 11-Yevgen Seleznov, 22-Marko Devic, 19-Serhiy Sydorchuk, 4-Anatoliy Tymoschuk, 18-Mykola Moroziuk, 2-Denys Dedechko, 6-Taras Stepanenko, 9-Oleg Gusev, 17-Valeriy Fedorchuk, 5-Dmytro Khomchesnovskyi

Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovakia)