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A repeat of Paris will do for Belarus

Published: Wednesday 11 May 2011, 11.55CET
Belarus pulled off one of the shocks of the qualifying campaign when they won in Paris in September, and would love a repeat performance when France come calling on 3 June.
A repeat of Paris will do for Belarus
Belarus players enjoy their 1-0 win in Paris ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

BelarusFrance

Goals scored8
 
15
Total attempts100
 
140
Attempts on target28
 
64
Attempts off target57
 
60
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
2
Corners37
 
68
Offsides33
 
36
Yellow cards26
 
13
Red Cards3
 
0
Fouls committed144
 
119
Fouls suffered145
 
107
 
Published: Wednesday 11 May 2011, 11.55CET

A repeat of Paris will do for Belarus

Belarus pulled off one of the shocks of the qualifying campaign when they won in Paris in September, and would love a repeat performance when France come calling on 3 June.

Sergei Kislyak's goal in Paris gave Belarus a sensational 1-0 win when they first met France in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying, and they will look to regain momentum as the Group D scene shifts to Minsk.

• The FC Dinamo Minsk midfielder had been on for 11 minutes when he collected Vyacheslav Hleb's cross and side-footed coolly into the top corner. The hosts had been foiled on numerous occasions by Belarus's inspired goalkeeper Yuri Zhevnov.

• Prior to that game on 3 September 2010, with the only official meetings between French and Belarusian sides had come in the UEFA Intertoto Cup.

• In the group stage of the 1995 edition, FC Dnepr Mogilev held AS Cannes to a 2-2 draw at home, while in 2004 LOSC Lille Métropole battled their way past FC Dinamo Minsk in the third round, winning 2-1 at home and drawing 2-2 away.

• Belarus are second behind France in Group D, but have scored only two Group D goals in four games since their success in Paris, both of them in a 2-0 home win against Albania last October. They were also beaten 1-0 in Tirana last time out to slip four points behind Les Bleus.

• France are unbeaten in seven games since their last meeting with Belarus, six wins and a draw, including victories in all four of their subsequent qualifiers.

Last updated: 11/05/11 17.48CET

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