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Nasri keeps his cool to send France through

Published: Tuesday 11 October 2011, 23.03CET
France 1-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina
Samir Nasri's late penalty cancelled out Edin Džeko's strike as the hosts sealed automatic qualification and consigned their visitors to the play-offs.
by Matthew Spiro
from Stade de France

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Match statistics

FranceBosnia and Herzegovina

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts13
 
19
Attempts on target5
 
5
Attempts off target5
 
9
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners6
 
7
Offsides4
 
3
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
13
Fouls suffered13
 
16

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 11 October 2011, 23.03CET

Nasri keeps his cool to send France through

France 1-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina
Samir Nasri's late penalty cancelled out Edin Džeko's strike as the hosts sealed automatic qualification and consigned their visitors to the play-offs.

France survived a nervy night to seal automatic qualification for UEFA EURO 2012, and condemn Bosnia and Herzegovina to a play-off berth, as Samir Nasri's late penalty cancelled out a first-half strike from Edin Džeko.

Starting a point behind the Group D leaders, Safet Sušić's charges looked capable of springing an upset when Džeko opened the scoring against a below-par France side on 40 minutes. But Laurent Blanc's men stirred in the last half-hour and Nasri's coolly struck spot kick on 78 minutes – scored after he had been fouled by Emir Spahić – ensured Les Bleus reached their ninth consecutive major finals.

The visitors made a lively start against a tense-looking French side, Senad Lulić almost scoring in the sixth minute when he robbed Anthony Réveillère only to shoot at the side netting. Loïc Rémy then squandered a glorious chance after being played clear, yet that was the only opening the hosts conjured during an opening period dominated by their positive opponents.

Džeko had already missed two presentable opportunities when he broke the deadlock with a classy finish, the Manchester City FC striker collecting Zvjezdan Misimović's quickly taken free-kick and curling a right-footed shot inside Hugo Lloris' far post from 20 metres.

The former world champions appeared gripped by fear and struggled to find any momentum before the introductions of Kévin Gameiro and Marvin Martin. The substitutes injected urgency, and goalkeeper Asmir Begović – who had replaced Kenan Hasagić at the break – was soon called into action, pushing out Martin's 69th-minute free-kick before tipping a more potent set piece from Nasri on to the crossbar.

The tide was turning and the Bosnian resistance eventually broke when Spahić fouled Nasri in the box. To the relief of a capacity crowd in Paris, the Manchester City playmaker kept his cool, sending Begović the wrong way and ensuring that Bosnia and Herzegovina, and not France, must try to qualify via the play-offs next month.

Last updated: 26/10/12 13.32CET

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Lineups

France

France

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

1
LlorisHugo Lloris (GK) (C)
1
HasagićKenan Hasagić (GK)
Substitution46
3
EvraPatrice Evra
Yellow Card67
3
PapacSaša Papac
Yellow Card32
4
RamiAdil Rami
4
SpahićEmir Spahić (C)
Yellow Card54
6
CabayeYohan Cabaye
Yellow Card33
Substitution61
6
RahimićElvir Rahimić
11
NasriSamir Nasri
Goal78
8
PjanićMiralem Pjanić
13
RéveillèreAnthony Réveillère
10
MisimovićZvjezdan Misimović
14
MénezJérémy Ménez
11
DžekoEdin Džeko
Goal40
15
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
Substitution61
13
MujdžaMensur Mujdža
Yellow Card61
Substitution61
17
M'VilaYann M'Vila
16
LulićSenad Lulić
21
RémyLoïc Rémy
Substitution82
18
MedunjaninHaris Medunjanin
Substitution71
22
AbidalÉric Abidal
23
PandžaBoris Pandža
Yellow Card68

Substitutes

16
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK)
12
BegovićAsmir Begović (GK)
Substitution46
2
DebuchyMathieu Debuchy
5
MravacAdnan Mravac
5
KaboulYounès Kaboul
9
MuslimovićZlatan Muslimović
7
CisséDjibril Cissé
14
IbiševićVedad Ibišević
12
MartinMarvin Martin
Substitution61
17
IbričićSenijad Ibričić
18
A. DiarraAlou Diarra
Substitution82
Yellow Card88
20
ZahirovićAdnan Zahirović
Substitution71
20
GameiroKevin Gameiro
Substitution61
21
MaletićDarko Maletić
Substitution61

Coach

Laurent Blanc (FRA) Safet Sušić (BIH)

Referee

Craig Thomson (SCO)

Assistant referees

Francis Andrews (SCO), Alasdair Ross (SCO)

Fourth official

Alan Muir (SCO)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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