Qualifying round (Group I) - 07/09/2012 - 20:30CET (21:30 local time) - Olympic Stadium - Helsinki
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Finland - France 0-1 - 07/09/2012 - Match page - FIFA World Cup 2014

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France made to work for slender Finland win

Published: Friday 7 September 2012, 22.50CET
Finland 0-1 France
Les Bleus got their Group I qualifying campaign off to a winning start, but overcame their hosts by the narrowest of margins in Helsinki.
by Mikael Eravuori
from Olympic Stadium
France made to work for slender Finland win
France celebrate Abou Diaby's first-half strike ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FinlandFrance

Goals scored0
1
Total attempts8
 
10
Attempts on target3
 
5
off target2
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners7
 
2
Offsides0
2
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
5
Fouls suffered5
 
16

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 10:07 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
SSI Err
Published: Friday 7 September 2012, 22.50CET

France made to work for slender Finland win

Finland 0-1 France
Les Bleus got their Group I qualifying campaign off to a winning start, but overcame their hosts by the narrowest of margins in Helsinki.

France opened their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Finland in Helsinki.

Abou Diaby, winning his first cap since June 2011, scored the only goal on 20 minutes after a bright start from the visitors, collecting Karim Benzema's lay-off following the striker's jinking run and slotting past Lukas Hradecky. From then on Les Bleus sat back, increasingly so as the second half wore on, hanging on for victory

Half-chances came and went for both sides after Diaby's goal and Didier Deschamps had cause of contentment going into the break. Any joy was quickly replaced by frustration, though, as France allowed Finland to battle back in the second period. Kasper Hämäläinen and Teemu Pukki had good opportunities, although ultimately neither managed to take them.

The hosts kept searching for an equaliser and came close to getting it ten minutes from time. Alexei Eremenko did well to pick out Tim Sparv in the area, but Hugo Lloris managed to keep out the header and deny the midfielder his second international goal. France clung on for the points.

Last updated: 08/09/12 0.33CET

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See also

  • Finland

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Georgia, 12 October 2012, 1-1
  • France

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Belarus, 11 September 2012, 3-1
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