Friday November 15, 2013 2nd Round Finished Olimpiyskyi

Ukraine 2 - 0 France

  • Zozulya 61’
  • Yarmolenko 82’ (pen.)

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    World Cup - Red-faced France on brink after defeat to Ukraine

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    Time:90'
    • Ukraine
    • France
    • FULL TIME: Ukraine 2-0 France. Thanks for joining us as Ukraine take a firm grip on this tie.
    • 90+4' Now Kucher is sent off for a second yellow for a foul on Ribery. What a crazy end.
    • 90+3' Shevchuk smashes a shot just wide and that should be it…
    • 90+2' A frantic finish here as Gusev is almost played through on goal but he can’t quite control. France will be happy to get out of here.
    • 90+1' Red card for Koscielny! It’s all gone wrong for France here. Kucher is booked for the initial foul and Koscielny then intervened. Looks like a possible butt.
    • 90' Ukraine have a three on one chance but it’s totally the wrong option and the chance has gone.
    • 89' Great run and cross again from Ribery but Pyatov claws behind for another corner. Intense France pressure.
    • 88' Ribery tries to get something going. He flashes a cross across the face of goal but nobody there gambling.
    • 87' France throwing numbers forward now but they must be careful. 3-0 would be a disaster and tie over.
    • 86' ATTEMPTS: Ukraine 10-10 France
    • 85' Ukraine sub: Zozulya off for Seleznyov
    • 84' Valbuena delivers another dangerous corner and again Koscielny gets a header on it but it’s scrambled away. Frantic stuff now.
    • 83' France have only seven minutes plus stoppage time to rescue something here and they win a free kick in a dangerous area. Evra is claiming a foul in the box but it’s only a corner.
    • 82' GOAL Ukraine! Yarmolenko makes no mistake from the spot, slamming it in off the bar.
    • 81' Penalty Ukraine! This time the referee points to the spot as Koscielny pulls down Zozulya.
    • 80' Valbuena delivers a great corner onto the head of Koscielny as Pyatov comes but gets nowhere near. Alas it flies wide but another great chance.
    • 79' France sub: Nasri off for Valbuena.
    • 78' Ribery turns Fedetskyi in the box and he goes down this time but he didn’t even appeal for a penalty.
    • 77' After the dullest first half imaginable, this half has been a cracker. Ribery shoots and it’s on target but Pyatov saves easily.
    • 76' Sissoko goes into the book. Replays suggest the referee may have got it right. Bezus on for Edmar.
    • 75' Penalty waved away! It looked like Abidal had wrestled Zozulya to the ground but the referee said no.
    • 74' ATTEMPTS: Ukraine 9-7 France
    • 73' Ribery still looking menacing down that left flank. Benzema crowded out in the box but he was flagged offside anyway.
    • 72' France camped in the Ukraine half as the home side sit back. Nasri shoots on goal but it’s easy for Pyatov.
    • 71' It’s a like-for-like substitution from Deschamps but perhaps fresh legs will do the trick.
    • 70' France sub: Benzema on for Giroud.
    • 69' Fedetskyi booked for a foul on Ribery
    • 67' Matuidi goes tumbling from a Rotan challenge and it’s another dangerous free kick. Nasri plays wide to Evra and he wins a corner. France ramping up the pressure.
    • 66' ATTEMPTS: Ukraine 9-5 France
    • 65' Now we’re getting a decent game of football after such a long period of stagnancy. End-to-end stuff at the moment.
    • 64' A great chance for Nasri from Giroud’s neat pass and he only has the keeper to keep but shoots straight at him.
    • 63' Ukraine really have their tails up now. 1-0 would not be a disaster for France so it will be interesting to see if Deschamps gambles or not.
    • 62' It’s another good chance for Zozulya in the box as he chests, turns and shoots and it’s an excellent block from Abidal in front of Lloris to keep France only a goal behind.
    • 61' To say the game needed that is an understatment and it should be fascinating now as France have to chase.
    • 60' GOAL Ukraine! At last the deadlock is broken and it’s Zozulya who beats Lloris after Edmar set him up with a smart pass. He took his time and Lloris got a hand to it but couldn’t keep it out.
    • 59' A dangerous cross from Matuidi towards Remy but the Ukraine defence marshal him well. Goal kick.
    • 58' Rotan penalised for a foul on Matuidi. The match getting a little niggly now.
    • 57' Edmar’s cross easily cut out but Ukraine enjoying a decent spell of their own. Foul by Edmar on Pogba. Free kick.
    • 56' Konoplyanka tries his luck from distance and it’s a decent strike but straight at Lloris.
    • 55' A great ball from Pogba and Remy is onside with just the keeper to beat but he can’t get a boot on the ball coming over his shoulder. It was a tough chance but in a game of few chances you have to take them.
    • 54' ATTEMPTS: Ukraine 6-4 France
    • 53' A really poor ball from Matuidi cut out by Yarmolenko but then Ukraine give it straight back. It hasn’t got much better here.
    • 52' Shot from Fedetskyi flies well over the bar.
    • 51' Ribery wins a free kick in a really dangerous area after a foul by Stepanenko and it’s a great chance from the edge of the box. Ribery takes but his shot is blocked and Ukraine clear.
    • 50' France win a corner. Ribery takes but it’s easily claimed by Pyatov.
    • 49' Koscielny almost dallies too long on the ball with strikers closing him down but he clears just in time.
    • 48' Benzema warming up on the sideline. How long before Deschamps rolls the dice?
    • 47' Nasri takes and Giroud gets the back of his head to it but it’s easy for Pyatov.
    • 46' No changes for either side as chants of ‘Allez les Bleus’ ring out from one corner of the ground. Will the small band of travelling support inspire the French? Giroud fouled by Khacheridi. Free kick.
    • 45' We’re back underway here in Kiev and after a very cagey first half, let’s hope for better in the second.
    • HALF TIME: Ukraine 0-0 France
    • 45+1' Giroud booked for a foul on Kucher and he looks furious and has a go at the player he’s supposed to have fouled.
    • 45' We have only one added minute. Been a bit of a damp squib this first half.
    • 44' A probing run from Ribery but that man Yarmolenko tracks back brilliantly to dispossess him. He’s been the best player on the park.
    • 43' Yarmolenko hits the deck under pressure from Abidal and he wins the free kick. Looked theatrical though.
    • 42' Kucher fouls Matuidi and France have a free kick. Can they work something… the answer is no.
    • 41' Rotan delivers and Giroud redeems himself by heading clear and Ribery is then fouled.
    • 40' Just in case the crowd were beginning to drop off, a huge firecracker goes off. Giroud then concedes a dangerous free kick.
    • 39' Yarmolenko looking in the mood and he’s definitely been Ukraine’s most potent attacking threat.
    • 38' Edmar feeds Konoplyanka and it’s a good chance in the box but he scuffs his effort somewhat and it’s cleared.
    • 37' At the moment it’s very much looking like one chance could settle this match even at this early stage. Defences on top.
    • 36' Ribery almost finds Remy in the box but Pyatov beats him to it to gather the ball.
    • 35' Shevchuk goes into the book for a foul on Remy. Looked like a two-footed jump on his feet.
    • 34' Nasri breaks forward and is in space but again the Ukraine defence close him down quickly. Giroud then caught offside.
    • 33' This has been a good spell of play from the Ukraine and France have been pinned in their own half.
    • 32' ATTEMPTS: Ukraine 4-1 France
    • 31' More good play from Yarmolenko down the right and his cross finds Konoplyanka but his shot in the box is blocked. Another half chance.
    • 30' Yarmolenko breaks free and delivers a dangerous cross but France are able to smuggle it clear.
    • 28' A great run and cross from Rotan and Edmar glances his header wide. That was the first good chance.
    • 27' No goals here but Greece now lead Romania 2-1.
    • 26' A poor ball from Nasri and it’s far too strong for Ribery. More frustration.
    • 25' It’s been one of those tense affairs so far with very few chances and no clear ones.
    • 24' The match resumes with a Ukraine free kick. Yarmolenko crosses into Zozulya but he can’t get a header onto it.
    • 23' Decent spell of possession from France but no end product. Abidal and Zozulya run into one another and both hit the deck clutching their faces. They both slowly get to their feet.
    • 22' ATTEMPTS: Ukraine 2-1 France
    • 21' Good play from Matuidi and he wins his side a throw. Foul by Edmar on Ribery.
    • 20' This match yet to catch fire but France looks to possess the bigger threat coming forward.
    • 19' Konoplyanka looks pleadingly at the referee after being bundled to the ground but nothing given.
    • 18' Foul by Edmar but still no cards in this match.
    • 17' Zozulya looking lively but he’s alone up front and France win the ball back. Greece have gone ahead against Romania.
    • 15' Ribery does really well down the left and gets his cross in Kucher forced to concede a corner under pressure from Giroud. Ukraine clear.
    • 14' ATTEMPTS: Ukraine 1-1 France
    • 13' Long range effort from Pogba easily blocked and Ukraine set up an attack of their own. Still no clear chances.
    • 12' Foul by Remy but Pogba wins it back well for France. Still too many loose passes from both sides.
    • 11' Fedetskyi sprints forward and does well to win a throw down the right.
    • 10' Ribery feeds Giroud on the edge of the box but he’s easily dispossessed. Giroud then penalised for a challenge. Looked harsh.
    • 9' Ukraine beginning to get a bit of a foothold here but France look dangerous on the break, especially through Ribery.
    • 8' Fedetskyi brought down by Evra this time. The Man Utd player in the action again.
    • 7' Evra again looks to have fouled Yarmolenko but he gets away with it this time.
    • 6' Yarmolenko wriggles onto his left foot on the edge of the box and it’s a decent strike but Lloris saves fairly comfortably. Early warning signs from both sides.
    • 5' Dangerous run into the box from Ribery but he is crowded out. Debuchy crosses in and Giroud gets a header on goal but it’s an easy save.
    • 4' Yarmolenko again brought down by Evra and another free kick. The France left back all over him at the moment.
    • 3' Cross from Edmar but France clear their lines. Khacheridi goes down and Ukraine win a free kick. Slightly scrappy start.
    • 2' Evra penalised this time as Yarmolenko goes tumbling. Stern challenge but no card.
    • 1' France with the early possession and Ribery immediately into the action. He wins a throw down the right. A foul by skipper Rotan and France have the first free kick.
    • Referee Cüneyt Çakir blows the whistle to get us underway here. A really tough one to call tonight. One corner of the stadium is full of waving Tricolours but most of the stadium is a sea of yellow and blue.
    • 19:40 Five minutes to kick off here in Kiev. Match odds: Ukraine 21/10, Draw 6/4, France 2/1.
    • 19:35 Although France are blessed with attacking options, the Ukraine defence has been formidable recently having racked up seven straight clean sheets. Tonight’s game certainly looks like the irresistible force against the immovable object.
    • 19:30 Andriy Yarmolenko is the danger man for the Ukraine tonight. He has scored four times in the group stages.
    • 19:25 Ukraine themselves have suffered past World Cup heartbreak after suffering play-off defeats to Croatia, Germany and Greece in 1998, 2002 and 2010.
    • 19:20 Didier Deschamps: "It may have been 20 years ago but it still sticks in my mind. I don't want to experience that again. We're playing two games in five days with no points at stake. Our goal is crystal clear - to qualify for the World Cup."
    • 19:15 France manager Didier Deschamps is keen to avoid history repeating itself as he was a part of the France side who lost 2-1 to Bulgaria in 1993 that ended Les Bleus’ hopes of reaching the USA World Cup in 1994.
    • 19:10 Ukraine were unable to break down a resolute England in their final group game that ended in a 0-0 draw but they are unbeaten in 11 matches. France have won their last three fixtures against Finland, Australia and Belarus.
    • 19:05 Ukraine coach Mykhaylo Fomenko: "We are trying to keep our players away from the past [play-off failure in 1998, 2002 and 2010]. To know the reasons for those failures, you had to be there. Football gets more and more aggressive, resulting in a good deal of yellow cards in games like this. I discuss this issue with players. But sometimes it is hard to resist your emotions"
    • 19:00 Yaroslav Rakitskiy and Yevhen Khacheridi featured heavily during Ukraine's qualification and get the nod with Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka on the wings. Roman Zozulya leads the line.
    • 18.55 So as expected, Olivier Giroud gets the nod ahead of Karim Benzema who starts on the bench. Hugo Lloris, who suffered a serious head injury a fortnight ago and was subsequently dropped for Spurs' recent defeat to Newcastle, has recovered sufficiently to start.
    • 18:50 TEAMS: Ukraine: Pyatov; Fedetskyi, Khacheridi, Rakitskyi, Shevchuk; Tymoschuk, Rotan ; Yarmolenko, Edmar, Konoplyanka ; Zozulya /// France: Lloris, Debuchy, Koscielny, Abidal, Evra, Matuidi, Pogba, Remy, Nasri, Ribery, Giroud.
    • 18:45 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the first leg of the World Cup play-off between Ukraine and France from Kiev. Kick-off 19.45 BST.
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  • Summary

    • 90+4' Now Kucher is sent off for a second yellow for a foul on Ribery. What a crazy end.
    • 90+1' Red card for Koscielny! It’s all gone wrong for France here. Kucher is booked for the initial foul and Koscielny then intervened. Looks like a possible butt.
    • 82' GOAL Ukraine! Yarmolenko makes no mistake from the spot, slamming it in off the bar.
    • 81' Penalty Ukraine! This time the referee points to the spot as Koscielny pulls down Zozulya.
    • 80' Valbuena delivers a great corner onto the head of Koscielny as Pyatov comes but gets nowhere near. Alas it flies wide but another great chance.
    • 75' Penalty waved away! It looked like Abidal had wrestled Zozulya to the ground but the referee said no.
    • 69' Fedetskyi booked for a foul on Ribery
    • 64' A great chance for Nasri from Giroud’s neat pass and he only has the keeper to keep but shoots straight at him.
    • 62' It’s another good chance for Zozulya in the box as he chests, turns and shoots and it’s an excellent block from Abidal in front of Lloris to keep France only a goal behind.
    • 60' GOAL Ukraine! At last the deadlock is broken and it’s Zozulya who beats Lloris after Edmar set him up with a smart pass. He took his time and Lloris got a hand to it but couldn’t keep it out.
    • 55' A great ball from Pogba and Remy is onside with just the keeper to beat but he can’t get a boot on the ball coming over his shoulder. It was a tough chance but in a game of few chances you have to take them.
    • 45+1' Giroud booked for a foul on Kucher and he looks furious and has a go at the player he’s supposed to have fouled.
    • 38' Edmar feeds Konoplyanka and it’s a good chance in the box but he scuffs his effort somewhat and it’s cleared.
    • 35' Shevchuk goes into the book for a foul on Remy. Looked like a two-footed jump on his feet.
    • 31' More good play from Yarmolenko down the right and his cross finds Konoplyanka but his shot in the box is blocked. Another half chance.
    • 28' A great run and cross from Rotan and Edmar glances his header wide. That was the first good chance.
    • 6' Yarmolenko wriggles onto his left foot on the edge of the box and it’s a decent strike but Lloris saves fairly comfortably. Early warning signs from both sides.
    • 18:50 TEAMS: Ukraine: Pyatov; Fedetskyi, Khacheridi, Rakitskyi, Shevchuk; Tymoschuk, Rotan ; Yarmolenko, Edmar, Konoplyanka ; Zozulya /// France: Lloris, Debuchy, Koscielny, Abidal, Evra, Matuidi, Pogba, Remy, Nasri, Ribery, Giroud.

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