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Belgium leave France teetering on brink

Published: Wednesday 11 August 2010, 22.47CET
France 0-1 Belgium
France's finals aspirations are hanging by a thread after Benjamin Mokulu Tembe's early goal set the Red Devils on course for a relatively easy win.
by Cerf Xavier
from Stade de la Rabine
Belgium leave France teetering on brink
France striker David Ngog (right) had little joy against Belgium's Toby Alderweireld ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FranceBelgium

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target6
 
8
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners1
 
4
Fouls committed13
 
7
Yellow cards4
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 21/03/2013 00:50 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
Published: Wednesday 11 August 2010, 22.47CET

Belgium leave France teetering on brink

France 0-1 Belgium
France's finals aspirations are hanging by a thread after Benjamin Mokulu Tembe's early goal set the Red Devils on course for a relatively easy win.

France's aspirations of reaching the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship are hanging by a thread after a 1-0 defeat by an impressive Belgium side.

Victory in Vannes would have sent Eric Mombaerts' team level with Ukraine atop Group 8, three points clear of their opponents with a game in hand. Always a stiff task, prospects were even bleaker when Benjamin Mokulu Tembe broke the deadlock on eight minutes, latching onto Mehdi Carcela-González's fine pass and firing in. Johann Carrasso had already denied Joachim Mununga in a one-on-one and, aside from a couple of late half-chances, the home side never looked like mounting a comeback.

Belgium will seal a top-two spot with victory against Slovenia on 3 September; barring a slip-up by the Red Devils, Les Bleus need to beat section leaders Ukraine in Kyiv on the same night to keep their realistic hopes alive. Crowned UEFA European Under-19 Championship winners last month, France will need to hone their attacking creativity after mustering little more than a David Ngog header from a long pass and a Nolan Roux shot.

"It's a big disappointment," said Roux. "We had some good moments but not enough to create any real chances. They scored at the beginning of the game – maybe we were less efficient, physically, thereafter. But we really wanted to win. It's a loss but I believe we can win our remaining games and go through to the European championship."

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.45CET

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Lineups

France

France

Belgium

Belgium

1
CarrassoJohann Carrasso (GK)
1
MignoletSimon Mignolet (GK)
2
Yanga-MbiwaMapou Yanga-Mbiwa
2
CaponBrecht Capon
3
TabanouFranck Tabanou
3
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
Yellow Card10
4
N'GoyiGranddi N'Goyi
4
BoyataDedryck Boyata
Substitution86
5
MangalaEliaquim Mangala
5
OdoiDenis Odoi
6
GonalonsMaxime Gonalons
Yellow Card63
6
NainggolanRadja Nainggolan
Substitution78
7
BiabianyJonathan Biabiany
Yellow Card31
Substitution63
7
MunungaJoachim Mununga
8
N'ZonziSteven N'Zonzi
Substitution58
8
Carcela-GonzálezMehdi Carcela-González
9
RouxNolan Roux
9
Mokulu TembeBenjamin Mokulu Tembe
Goal8
10
NgogDavid Ngog (C)
10
KumsSven Kums (C)
11
Aït-FanaKarim Aït-Fana
Substitution46
11
El GhanassyYassine El Ghanassy
Substitution90

Substitutes

16
OlimpaKevin Olimpa (GK)
12
BaguetteCyprien Baguette (GK)
12
CorchiaSébastien Corchia
13
AarabNaim Aarab
Substitution86
13
SouprayenSamuel Souprayen
14
BrülsChristian Brüls
14
MarcqDamien Marcq
15
BuyensYoni Buyens
15
MartinMarvin Martin
Substitution58
16
DequevyJoeri Dequevy
Substitution90
17
SakoBakary Sako
Substitution46
Yellow Card83
17
HubertDavid Hubert
Substitution78
18
RivièreEmmanuel Rivière
Substitution63
Yellow Card73
18
TshimangaDerick Katuku Tshimanga

Coach

Erick Mombaerts (FRA) Jean-François De Sart (BEL)

Referee

Luca Banti (ITA)

Assistant referees

Gianluca Cariolato (ITA), Matteo Passeri (ITA)

Fourth official

Sebastiano Peruzzo (ITA)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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