Helsingin Olympiastadion - Helsinki 07/09/2012 - 20:30CET (21:30 local time)

Qualifying round - Group I

Finland - France
0-1
 

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, 22.00CET
France made to work for slender Finland win
France celebrate Abou Diaby's first-half strike ©Getty Images

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

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Match statistics

Finland
France

0

Goals scored

1

8

Total attempts

10

3

Attempts on target

5

2

off target

2

0

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

7

Corners

2

0

Offsides

2

3

Yellow cards

3

0

Red Cards

0

16

Fouls committed

5

5

Fouls suffered

16

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
  • Substitution
    89
    Gomis (in) - Ribéry (out) (France)
  • Yellow Card
    83
    Moisander (Finland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • Substitution
    78
    Kuqi (in) - Hämäläinen (out) (Finland)
  • Yellow Card
    73
    Matuidi (France) is cautioned by the referee.

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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