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Elegant France cruise to next stage

Published: Friday 5 September 2003, 22.42CET
France 2-0 Cyprus France are in the play-offs on after a comfortable 2-0 win in Paris.
Published: Friday 5 September 2003, 22.42CET

Elegant France cruise to next stage

France 2-0 Cyprus France are in the play-offs on after a comfortable 2-0 win in Paris.

France are in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs after a comfortable 2-0 win against Cyprus in the Stade Charléty, Paris.

Perfect record
Having now won six matches out of six - scoring 12 goals and conceding none - France moved six points clear of Cyprus at the top of Group 1 and, with two matches remaining, cannot be overtaken.

Opening goal
The home team dominated proceedings from the start, with wing-backs Bernard Mendy and Patrice Evra wreaking havoc on the flanks, and it came as no surprise when they took the lead in the 21st minute. Montpellier Hérault SC striker Habib Bamogo latched on to an Evra pass and slotted coolly past Cyprus goalkeeper Antonis Georgallidi with his left foot. 

Visitors' response
Cyprus looked to hit back before half-time but France goalkeeper Nicolas Penneteau was equal to Asimakis Krassas's shot in the 39th minute before the hosts re-established their superiority after the break.

Toulalan clincher
The match was over as a contest when France doubled their lead in the 57th minute. FC Nantes Atalantique midfield player Jérémy Toulalan picked up a pinpoint pass from Liverpool FC's Florent Sinama-Pongolle and fired a shot past the stranded Georgallidi.

Cyprus chance
France play away to Slovenia on Tuesday, but regardless of the result there will be involved in a two-legged play-off in November to decide if they qualify for the tournament finals. Cyprus still have the chance to qualify as one of the six best group runners-up.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.55CET

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Lineups

France

France

Cyprus

Cyprus

1
PenneteauNicolas Penneteau (GK)
1
GiorgallidesAntonis Giorgallides (GK)
2
MendyBernard Mendy
2
IoannouPanagiotis Ioannou
Substitution26
3
DelpierreMatthieu Delpierre
3
Antonis AntoniouAntonis Antoniou
Yellow Card67
Substitution77
4
GivetGaël Givet
4
ParmakisSavas Parmakis
5
PlanusMarc Planus
Substitution71
5
KakoyiannisLoizos Kakoyiannis
6
A. DiarraAlou Diarra
6
NikolaouMarios Nikolaou
7
ToulalanJérémy Toulalan
Goal51
7
KrassasAsimakis Krassas
Substitution51
8
CheyrouBenoît Cheyrou (C)
8
MakridisConstantinos Makridis
9
Sinama PongolleFlorent Sinama Pongolle
Substitution66
9
NicolaouGeorgios Nicolaou
10
EvraPatrice Evra
10
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides (C)
11
BamogoHabib Bamogo
Goal20
Substitution76
11
AloneftisStathis Aloneftis

Substitutes

12
BellionDavid Bellion
Substitution66
12
ChrysostomouAthos Chrysostomou (GK)
19
Ben SaadaChaouki Ben Saada
13
CharalampousCharalampos Charalampous
14
DidotÉtienne Didot
14
NicolasAlexis Nicolas
Substitution51
15
LaurentiFabien Laurenti
15
TsolakidesIakovos Tsolakides
Substitution26
16
ItandjeCharles Itandje (GK)
16
ZachariouMarios Zachariou
Substitution77
17
Le TallecAnthony Le Tallec
Substitution76
17
Chrysafis Chrysafi
18
MonsoreauSylvain Monsoreau
Substitution71
18
ChristouParaskevas Christou

Coach

Raymond Domenech (FRA) Sofoullis Stylianou (CYP)

Referee

Ceri Richards (WAL)

Assistant referees

Edward King (WAL), Simon Lee Evans (WAL)

Fourth official

Simon Jones (WAL)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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