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France seal play-offs passage

Published: Tuesday 5 September 2006, 21.45CET
France 2-0 Slovenia Second-half goals by Yoann Gourcuff and Florent Sinama-Pongolle mean France have every chance of again reaching the Under-21 finals.
by Christian Châtelet

Match statistics

FranceSlovenia

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
2
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group 14: FRA - SLO - SCO

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
France France22005146
Slovenia Slovenia210112-13
Scotland Scotland200214-30
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:26 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Tuesday 5 September 2006, 21.45CET

France seal play-offs passage

France 2-0 Slovenia Second-half goals by Yoann Gourcuff and Florent Sinama-Pongolle mean France have every chance of again reaching the Under-21 finals.

France will be among the 14 teams involved in Friday's draw for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs after seeing off Slovenia in Amiens.

Top finish
Réné Girard's side finished top of Group 14 thanks to second half goals by substitute Yoann Gourcuff and Florent Sinama-Pongolle after a brave Slovenian team battled hard for a shock result but to no avail. France, who only needed a draw to reach the play-offs, were dominant but Branko Zupan's side kept it tight at the back.

Breakthrough comes
Slovenia held France at bay for 65 minutes, relying on the counterattack to frustrate France, but an overhead pass by Chelsea FC's Lassana Diarra found Albin Ebondo on the right and his cross proved perfect for Gourcuff as the AC Milan starlet broke the deadlock. Slovenia captain Dalibor Stevanović went close for the visitors but Gourcuff helped end any comeback hopes by supplying RC Recreativo de Huelva striker Sinama-Pongolle with the second.

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.42CET

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Lineups

France

France

Slovenia

Slovenia

1
LlorisHugo Lloris (GK)
1
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
2
EbondoAlbin Ebondo
2
BrečkoMišo Brečko
3
BerthodJérémy Berthod (C)
3
TravnerJure Travner
4
BourillonGrégory Bourillon
4
UrbancDejan Urbanc
5
ZubarRonald Zubar
5
KelharDejan Kelhar
6
ClémentJérémy Clément
Substitution67
6
DžinićElvedin Džinić
Yellow Card90+3
7
L. DiarraLassana Diarra
7
VršičDare Vršič
Substitution71
8
NasriSamir Nasri
Substitution81
8
KorunUros Korun
Substitution46
9
BriandJimmy Briand
9
BurgičMiran Burgič
10
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Substitution32
10
StevanovićDalibor Stevanović (C)
11
Sinama PongolleFlorent Sinama Pongolle
Goal80
11
ZajcGoražd Zajc
Yellow Card25
Substitution46

Substitutes

16
PouplinSimon Pouplin (GK)
12
NenezičIgor Nenezič (GK)
14
MatuidiBlaise Matuidi
Substitution67
16
KirmAndraž Kirm
Substitution46
15
GourcuffYoann Gourcuff
Substitution32
Goal65
17
JeličDragan Jelič
Substitution71
17
HaddadRudy Haddad
Substitution81
18
MiheličRene Mihelič
Substitution46
12
VeigneauOlivier Veigneau
13
HadžičDamir Hadžič
13
CianiMichaël Ciani
14
TomažičDavid Tomažič
18
GouffranYoan Gouffran
15
R. BožičRok Božič

Coach

René Girard (FRA) Branko Zupan (SVN)

Referee

Cristian Balaj (ROU)

Assistant referees

Zoltán Székely (ROU), Eduard Eugeniu Dumitrescu (ROU)

Fourth official

Viorel Sandu (ROU)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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