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Zouma strike makes it a perfect six for France

Published: Tuesday 4 March 2014, 23.26CET
France 1-0 Belarus
Willy Sagnol's side were frustrated in their attempts to register a sixth win in as many Group 10 qualifiers until Kurt Zouma scored in added time.
by Aurélien Sagnier
from MMArena
Zouma strike makes it a perfect six for France
Anthony Martial celebrates setting up Kurt Zouma's late winner ©AFP

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Published: Tuesday 4 March 2014, 23.26CET

Zouma strike makes it a perfect six for France

France 1-0 Belarus
Willy Sagnol's side were frustrated in their attempts to register a sixth win in as many Group 10 qualifiers until Kurt Zouma scored in added time.

A 92nd-minute goal by captain Kurt Zouma broke the resistance of Belarus and maintained France's 100% record in 2013–15 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying.

Les Bleuets' hopes of registering their sixth victory in as many Group 10 games were evaporating as the fixture against the section's bottom team entered added time. Willy Sagnol's side had dominated possession and fashioned 13 attempts on goal to their opponents' one before Zouma struck in the second of five extra minutes.

Layvin Kurzama and substitute Anthony Martial combined on the right wing and, after an exchange of passes, the former delivered a cross which Zouma powerfully dispatched past Vladislav Vasilyuchek at his near post.

France are six points clear of second-placed Iceland, who play Kazakhstan on Wednesday. They finish their campaign in September with matches against those two nations, having beaten Iceland 4-3 away from home in October.

Sagnol said: "I'm not surprised by Belarus's good performance, as we had a hard time in the first game. We also knew that we were in for a difficult task because we were missing a lot of players – almost a full team of absentees. We were also a bit below par in terms of our physical impact in the first half. We managed to improve that in the second half and the match was transformed."

Last updated: 04/06/15 8.43CET

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Lineups

France

France

Belarus

Belarus

1
BoucherZacharie Boucher (GK)
1
VasilyuchekVladislav Vasilyuchek (GK)
Yellow Card89
2
FoulquierDimitri Foulquier
2
KlopotskiEvgeni Klopotski
Yellow Card90+3
3
KurzawaLayvin Kurzawa
3
KarpovichSergei Karpovich
4
ZoumaKurt Zouma (C)
Goal90+2
4
ShestilovskiSemen Shestilovski
Yellow Card90+5
7
NtepPaul-Georges Ntep
Substitution41
6
KorzunNikita Korzun
Yellow Card29
9
SanogoYaya Sanogo
Substitution56
7
KovalevYuri Kovalev
Substitution65
11
MartialAnthony Martial
8
SavitskiPavel Savitski (C)
Substitution85
13
SansonMorgan Sanson
9
SelyavaAleksandr Selyava
Yellow Card80
15
DoucouréAbdoulaye Doucouré
Substitution75
11
LebedevEvgeni Lebedev
Substitution73
19
KondogbiaGeoffrey Kondogbia
13
M. VolodkoMaksim Volodko
Yellow Card70
22
LandreLoïck Landre
16
YablonskiEvgeni Yablonski

Substitutes

16
HassenMouez Hassen (GK)
12
NechaevAleksandr Nechaev (GK)
5
LaporteAymeric Laporte
5
ShramchenkoAnton Shramchenko
Substitution73
8
BakayokoTiémoué Bakayoko
10
ShamrukAndrei Shamruk
10
NgandoAxel Ngando
Substitution75
14
PoznyakAleksandr Poznyak
14
PléaAlassane Pléa
Substitution56
15
NazarenkoPavel Nazarenko
Substitution65
18
MaupayNeal Maupay
Substitution41
17
ZaleskiAleksei Zaleski
21
SabalyYoussouf Sabaly
20
YelezarenkoYevgeni Yelezarenko
Substitution85

Coach

Willy Sagnol (FRA) Igor Kovalevich (BLR)

Referee

Dumitri Muntean (MDA)

Assistant referees

Oleg Molceanov (MDA), Vasili Ermischin (MDA)

Fourth official

Alexandru Tean (MDA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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