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Bellaid goal revives French fortunes

Published: Wednesday 10 September 2008, 0.35CET
Bosnia-Herzegovina 0-1 France
France joined Group 10 winners Wales in the play-offs after Habib Bellaid's 68th-minute strike clinched one of the four best runners-up spots.
by Fuad Krvavac
from Sarajevo
Bellaid goal revives French fortunes
France squeezed into the play-offs among the best runners-up ©Fedja Krvavac
Published: Wednesday 10 September 2008, 0.35CET

Bellaid goal revives French fortunes

Bosnia-Herzegovina 0-1 France
France joined Group 10 winners Wales in the play-offs after Habib Bellaid's 68th-minute strike clinched one of the four best runners-up spots.

France joined Group 10 winners Wales in the play-offs after Habib Bellaid's 68th-minute strike in Bosnia-Herzegovina clinched second spot in the section and one of four places reserved for the best runners-up.

Mahmutović miss
Starting the day a point behind both Romania and Wales, France needed to win to have a chance of progressing but it was the home side who created the first opportunity in the third minute when Aidin Mahmutović darted into the visiting area before shooting narrowly wide. France came closest in the opening period on 20 minutes when Adis Nurković saved Loïc Rémy's shot.

Bellaid strike
France, without the suspended Yoan Gouffran, upped the tempo after the break and were soon rewarded for their efforts. On 65 minutes Blaise Matuidi hit the right post, as a prelude to the breakthrough three minutes later. Yohan Cabaye controlled a corner from the right then drilled a cross back across goal where the unmarked Bellaid was on hand to head in his second goal for Les Bleuets. Mahmutović had a further chance to bring his team back into the game, but France held on for a crucial victory.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.27CET

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Lineups

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

France

France

1
NurkovićAdis Nurković (GK)
1
RuffierStéphane Ruffier (GK)
2
KosorićAleksandar Kosorić
2
DaboMouhamadou Dabo
3
M. PejićMatijas Pejić
Yellow Card49
3
N'ZogbiaCharles N'Zogbia
4
ČejvanovićKenan Čejvanović
4
KaboulYounès Kaboul
5
PandžaBoris Pandža
Yellow Card16
5
BellaidHabib Bellaid
Goal67
6
CocalicEdin Cocalic
6
CabayeYohan Cabaye (C)
Yellow Card89
7
DzaficAdin Dzafic
Substitution58
7
SissokoMoussa Sissoko
8
KožulDanijel Kožul
Yellow Card79
8
MatuidiBlaise Matuidi
Substitution68
9
MahmutovićAjdin Mahmutović
Yellow Card86
9
RémyLoïc Rémy
10
AganovicAdmir Aganovic (C)
Substitution70
10
NimaniFrédéric Nimani
Substitution51
11
VranješOgnjen Vranješ
Yellow Card34
Substitution80
11
MounierAnthony Mounier
Substitution75

Substitutes

12
ŠehićIbrahim Šehić (GK)
16
RiouRémy Riou (GK)
13
HandžićHaris Handžić
Substitution70
12
DembeleBira Dembele
14
ŠunjićToni Šunjić
13
DanzéRomain Danzé
15
Anto ŽivkovićAnto Živković
Substitution80
14
GrandinElliot Grandin
Substitution68
16
MešanovićMeris Mešanović
Substitution58
15
FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
Substitution75
17
MujakiċSanid Mujakiċ
17
CoutadeurMathieu Coutadeur
18
MujićMuhamed Mujić
18
Monnet-PaquetKévin Monnet-Paquet
Substitution51

Coach

Branimir Tulić (BIH) Erick Mombaerts (FRA)

Referee

Anastassios Kakos (GRE)

Assistant referees

Konstantinos Dalas (GRE), Leonidas Vasileiadis (GRE)

Fourth official

Ilias Spathas (GRE)

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