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Final tournament - Group stage - Group B

Georgia - France
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Georgia hold firm to foil France

Published: Saturday 20 July 2013, 20.00CET
Georgia 0-0 France
Finals debutants Georgia got their Group B campaign off to a disciplined start against the two-time winners in a game of few chances.
by Andrew Haslam
from Alytus Stadium

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Match statistics

Georgia
France

0

Goals scored

0

2

on target

7

7

off target

8

3

Corners

12

16

Fouls committed

15

3

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

Lineups

Georgia

Georgia

France

France

1Tebidze (GK)1Beunardeau (GK)
2Mtivlishvili2Ikoko
3Dvali3B. Mendy
4Sandokhadze4Conte
8Endeladze7Rodrigues
Substitution80
9Markozashvili
Substitution77
8Hunou
Yellow Card58
10Arabuli (C)
Yellow Card76
9Benzia
13Tchanturia10Nangis
14Pantsulaia
Yellow Card72
11Rabiot
15Tsnobiladze
Yellow Card85
13Laporte (C)
17Zivzivadze
Substitution64
14Martial
Substitution66

Substitutes

12Mikava (GK)16Hassen (GK)
5Gegetchkori5Rougeaux
11Katcharava
Substitution77
12Moreira
16Gureshidze15Gbamin
Substitution80
Yellow Card90+2
18Zarandia
Substitution64
17Jean
18Nguette
Substitution66

Coaches

Giorgi Tsetsadze (GEO) Francis Smerecki (FRA)

Referee

Emir Alecković (BIH)

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Standings

Last updated: 22/07/2013 01:05 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

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Published: Saturday 20 July 2013, 20.00CET

Georgia hold firm to foil France

Georgia 0-0 France
Finals debutants Georgia got their Group B campaign off to a disciplined start against the two-time winners in a game of few chances.

Georgia marked their first UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals appearance with a creditable draw against France in a tight Group B contest in Alytus.

Defences largely enjoyed the upper hand although France's Yassine Benzia – their top scorer in qualifying with four goals – came close to a breakthrough in the first period. Nika Katcharava might have snatched the points for Georgia late on yet ultimately each team had to settle for a point.

Both sides had enviable defensive records in the elite round – France the sole team not to concede, and Georgia giving away only two goals – but both experienced moments of uncertainty at the back early on. Clear chances were rare, however, Georgia's Giorgi Pantsulaia twice narrowly missing the target while Benzia and Adrian Hunou both sent efforts narrowly wide for France.

Benzia went even closer just before the half-hour as he looked to have flicked Anthony Martial's low right-wing cross into the far corner of the net. Gabriel Tebidze had other ideas, producing a fine stop at full stretch, and the Georgia goalkeeper then had to deny Adrien Rabiot and Benjamin Mendy before the break.

Neither side was able to find much attacking rhythm as the second half unfolded with the absence through suspension of France's Larry Azouni and Georgia pair Daviti Ubilava and Guram Samushia having forced a reshuffle in both midfields. Once more openings were at a premium, though a deflected Lenny Nangis shot spun into Tebidze's hands.

With time running out space began to open up, and when Pantsulaia played in Katcharava with seven minutes remaining a breakthrough loomed before goalkeeper Quentin Beunardeau got just enough on the shot to prevent it crossing the line. When Avto Endeladze sent an effort just past the post, the last clear chance had gone; Georgia next take on early Group B leaders Serbia on Tuesday, when France face Turkey.

Last updated: 22/07/13 11.25CET

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