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Shevchenko denies France victory

Published: Thursday 22 November 2007, 0.30CET
Ukraine 2-2 France
Andriy Shevchenko earned Ukraine a point against a France team who had already done enough to qualify from Group B.
Shevchenko denies France victory
William Gallas (left) and Andriy Shevchenko vie for the ball ©Getty Images

Match statistics

UkraineFrance

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target6
 
6
Corners3
 
5
Fouls committed10
 
8
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 22 November 2007, 0.30CET

Shevchenko denies France victory

Ukraine 2-2 France
Andriy Shevchenko earned Ukraine a point against a France team who had already done enough to qualify from Group B.

Andriy Shevchenko's second-half header earned Ukraine a point from their UEFA EURO 2008™ Group B dead rubber against France in Kiev.

Frey error
The hosts had gone ahead early on through Andriy Voronin, but well-taken goals by Thierry Henry and Sidney Govou put France, who had already qualified for next summer's finals, in front. France goalkeeper Sébastien Frey then failed to deal with Shevchenko's looping header in the opening moments of the second half so the spoils were shared on a freezing night in the Ukrainian capital.

Voronin strikes
France started well, dominating possession with Lassana Diarra and Claude Makelele bossing the centre of midfield. It was against the run of play that Ukraine, out of the running for qualification, broke the deadlock in the 14th minute. A cross from the right reached Oleh Gusev who laid the ball back for Voronin to score from 20 metres.

France danger
Les Bleus deservedly equalised six minutes later. Henry controlled Makelele's pass before finding space and curling a fine left-footed shot around goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov. Shevchenko had a stinging drive saved by Frey, although France still looked dangerous and they took the lead on 34 minutes. Govou spun his marker and played a one-two with Karim Benzema before bending an effort from the left into the corner.

Runners-up
Ukraine were gifted an equaliser by Frey at the beginning of the second period. Shevchenko's header from a deep left-wing cross looked harmless, but the goalkeeper failed to catch the ball one-handed and tipped it into his own net. Both teams had chances before the end, but France had already done enough to claim the runners-up spot behind Italy in Group B.

Last updated: 21/11/07 23.50CET

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Lineups

Ukraine

Ukraine

France

France

1
PyatovAndriy Pyatov (GK)
16
FreySébastien Frey (GK)
17
VaschukVladyslav Vaschuk
13
ClercFrançois Clerc
22
GrytsayOlexandr Grytsay
5
GallasWilliam Gallas
2
RomanchukOleksandr Romanchuk
Substitution81
15
ThuramLilian Thuram (C)
3
FedorovSerhiy Fedorov
3
AbidalÉric Abidal
4
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
22
RibéryFranck Ribéry
Substitution89
9
GusevOleh Gusev
Substitution90+1
6
MakeleleClaude Makelele
14
RotanRuslan Rotan
21
L. DiarraLassana Diarra
19
GaiOlexiy Gai
Yellow Card84
10
GovouSidney Govou
Goal34
Yellow Card53
7
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko (C)
Goal46
12
HenryThierry Henry
Goal20
10
VoroninAndriy Voronin
Goal14
Substitution85
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Substitution46

Substitutes

23
ShustBohdan Shust (GK)
1
LandreauMickaël Landreau (GK)
5
YezerskiyVolodymyr Yezerskiy
Substitution81
2
EvraPatrice Evra
8
ShelayevOleh Shelayev
Substitution85
11
NasriSamir Nasri
Substitution46
15
MilevskiyArtem Milevskiy
Substitution90+1
14
RothenJérôme Rothen
16
VorobeyAndriy Vorobey
17
SquillaciSébastien Squillaci
18
NazarenkoSerhiy Nazarenko
18
A. DiarraAlou Diarra
19
Ben ArfaHatem Ben Arfa
Substitution89

Coach

Oleh Blokhin (UKR) Raymond Domenech (FRA)

Referee

Tom Henning Øvrebø (NOR)

Assistant referees

Geir Åge Holen (NOR), Erik Ræstad (NOR)

Fourth official

Brage Sandmoen (NOR)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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