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Belgium leave France teetering on brink

Published: Wednesday 11 August 2010, 22.47CET
France 0-1 Belgium
France's finals aspirations are hanging by a thread after Benjamin Mokulu Tembe's early goal set the Red Devils on course for a relatively easy win.
by Cerf Xavier
from Stade de la Rabine
Belgium leave France teetering on brink
France striker David Ngog (right) had little joy against Belgium's Toby Alderweireld ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 11 August 2010, 22.47CET

Belgium leave France teetering on brink

France 0-1 Belgium
France's finals aspirations are hanging by a thread after Benjamin Mokulu Tembe's early goal set the Red Devils on course for a relatively easy win.

France's aspirations of reaching the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship are hanging by a thread after a 1-0 defeat by an impressive Belgium side.

Victory in Vannes would have sent Eric Mombaerts' team level with Ukraine atop Group 8, three points clear of their opponents with a game in hand. Always a stiff task, prospects were even bleaker when Benjamin Mokulu Tembe broke the deadlock on eight minutes, latching onto Mehdi Carcela-González's fine pass and firing in. Johann Carrasso had already denied Joachim Mununga in a one-on-one and, aside from a couple of late half-chances, the home side never looked like mounting a comeback.

Belgium will seal a top-two spot with victory against Slovenia on 3 September; barring a slip-up by the Red Devils, Les Bleus need to beat section leaders Ukraine in Kyiv on the same night to keep their realistic hopes alive. Crowned UEFA European Under-19 Championship winners last month, France will need to hone their attacking creativity after mustering little more than a David Ngog header from a long pass and a Nolan Roux shot.

"It's a big disappointment," said Roux. "We had some good moments but not enough to create any real chances. They scored at the beginning of the game – maybe we were less efficient, physically, thereafter. But we really wanted to win. It's a loss but I believe we can win our remaining games and go through to the European championship."

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