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Belarus breach miserly France to draw in Minsk

Published: Friday 3 June 2011, 23.00CET
Belarus 1-1 France
France conceded their first goal in qualifying since September's defeat by the hosts but nevertheless stayed four points clear at the top of Group D.
by Denis Orlov
from Dinamo Stadion
Belarus breach miserly France to draw in Minsk
Franck Ribéry and Igor Shitov in action in Minsk ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BelarusFrance

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts8
 
11
Attempts on target3
 
4
Attempts off target5
 
7
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners2
 
9
Offsides0
6
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
19
Fouls suffered18
 
12

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 3 June 2011, 23.00CET

Belarus breach miserly France to draw in Minsk

Belarus 1-1 France
France conceded their first goal in qualifying since September's defeat by the hosts but nevertheless stayed four points clear at the top of Group D.

France remain four points clear of Belarus at the top of UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group D after the teams drew in Minsk.

Unexpectedly beaten 1-0 by Belarus in their opening fixture of the campaign last September, France had since gone four competitive fixtures without dropping a point or conceding a goal. The latter record was undone 20 minutes in when the returning Éric Abidal inadvertently turned into his own net, though Florent Malouda posted an almost immediate reply to ensure the spoils were shared.

Although home coach Bernd Stange was shorn of a host of regulars, it was his young and vibrant team that started the stronger, with Igor Shitov having their first attempt turned over by Hugo Lloris on 14 minutes. The speed of Timofei Kalachev was proving a particular thorn in Les Bleus' side, but it was a set piece from the Belarus No4 that prompted the opening goal as the unfortunate Abidal beat Lloris when under pressure from Maksim Bordachev.

With Mamadou Sakho, 21, deputising for the injured Philippe Mexès at centre-back, France looked shaky but they were nevertheless swiftly on level terms. Bacary Sagna broke down the right and fed Karim Benzema, who calmly found Malouda for the Chelsea FC's sixth international goal. Buoyed by their equaliser, the visitors nearly went in front before the interval, Franck Ribéry's shot whistling just wide of Sergei Veremko's goal.

The pattern continued in the second half as France assumed the ascendancy, Abou Diaby and Benzema both going close to completing the turnaround. Loïc Rémy was introduced with 17 minutes remaining as coach Laurent Blanc pushed for a winner, yet Belarus stood firm to secure another fine result.

Next for them is the visit of Luxembourg on Tuesday, while France play friendly fixtures against UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts Poland and Ukraine next week before resuming their qualifying campaign in Albania on 2 September.

Last updated: 04/06/11 0.04CET

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Lineups

Belarus

Belarus

France

France

1
VeremkoSergei Veremko (GK)
Yellow Card86
1
LlorisHugo Lloris (GK)
3
MartynovichAleksandr Martynovich
2
SagnaBacary Sagna
Yellow Card25
4
KalachevTimofei Kalachev
Yellow Card33
Substitution90
4
RamiAdil Rami
Yellow Card19
5
TrubiloVitali Trubilo
7
RibéryFranck Ribéry
6
TigorevYan Tigorev
10
BenzemaKarim Benzema
7
OmelyanchukSergei Omelyanchuk (C)
11
NasriSamir Nasri
9
VoronkovAndrei Voronkov
12
SakhoMamadou Sakho
14
PutiloAnton Putilo
Substitution86
15
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
Goal22
17
BordachevMaksim Bordachev
18
A. DiarraAlou Diarra (C)
18
VerkhovtsovDmitri Verkhovtsov
19
DiabyAbou Diaby
Substitution73
22
ShitovIgor Shitov
22
AbidalÉric Abidal
Goal20

Substitutes

12
ZhevnovYuri Zhevnov (GK)
16
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK)
8
SitkoPavel Sitko
3
EvraPatrice Evra
10
V. HlebVyacheslav Hleb
Substitution90
5
KaboulYounès Kaboul
11
BychenokAleksandr Bychenok
6
CabayeYohan Cabaye
13
ZhavnerchikMaksim Zhavnerchik
17
M'VilaYann M'Vila
15
KislyakSergei Kislyak
Substitution86
20
GameiroKevin Gameiro
21
RémyLoïc Rémy
Substitution73

Coach

Bernd Stange (GER) Laurent Blanc (FRA)

Referee

David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)

Assistant referees

Raúl Cabanero Martínez (ESP), Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (ESP)

Fourth official

Antonio Rubinos Pérez (ESP)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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