Qualifying round (Group I) - 11/09/2012 - 21:00CET (21:00 local time) - Stade de France - Paris
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France beat Belarus to maintain perfect start

Published: Tuesday 11 September 2012, 22.59CET
France 3-1 Belarus
Les Bleus maintained their 100% start in Group I by inflicting a second successive defeat on the visitors in an entertaining game in Paris.
France beat Belarus to maintain perfect start
France celebrate Christophe Jallet's second-half goal against Belarus ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FranceBelarus

Goals scored3
 
1
Total attempts15
 
7
Attempts on target7
 
2
off target6
 
5
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners8
 
2
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
21
Fouls suffered20
 
10

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 10:12 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
SSI Err
Published: Tuesday 11 September 2012, 22.59CET

France beat Belarus to maintain perfect start

France 3-1 Belarus
Les Bleus maintained their 100% start in Group I by inflicting a second successive defeat on the visitors in an entertaining game in Paris.

France avoided a repeat of their UEFA EURO 2012 qualification opener and maintained their perfect start to 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification by defeating Belarus 3-1 in Paris.

Les Bleus largely dominated a side who had won at the Stade de France in September 2010 but now have two losses to their name already after their opening defeat by Georgia. Etienne Capoue (49) and Christophe Jallet (68) put Didier Deschamps' side in a commanding position, before Anton Putilo (72) tucked in the loose ball following Sergei Kornilenko's saved penalty to pull one back. Franck Ribéry (80) settled matters, though, with a sumptuous finish.

A lively France could have scored twice inside 13 minutes, with Mamadou Sakho and Olivier Giroud seeing golden headed chances saved by Sergei Veremko. Yohan Cabaye then stabbed wide before Sakho sent another free header at Veremko.

Belarus were vibrant after the restart, and Hugo Lloris had to stand strong to deny Stanislav Dragun. Sparked into life, though, Les Bleus exploited the gaps left by the over-committed visitors to take the lead, Ribéry bursting into the box and pulling back for Capoue to stroke in via Veremko's fingertips. Jallet freakishly found France's second 19 minutes later, the full-back's attempted cross instead swinging towards goal and crashing in off the crossbar.

Moments later Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa's mistimed challenge undermined France's position, offering the visitors a chance to halve the defecit from the spot. Lloris kept out Kornilenko, but Putilo was on hand for the rebound. Any home nerves were settled 10 minutes from time, however, as Ribéry clipped in a third after Karim Benzema had neatly slipped him in.

Last updated: 12/09/12 0.30CET

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Lineup

France

France

Belarus

Belarus

1Hugo Lloris (GK) (C)12Sergei Veremko (GK) (C)
2Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
Yellow Card72
3Aleksandr Martynovich
3Patrice Evra6Artem Radkov
5Mamadou Sakho10Renan Bressan
Substitution46
6Yohan Cabaye
Substitution75
11Sergei Kislyak
7Franck Ribéry
Goal80
Substitution90
14Anton Putilo
Goal72
9Olivier Giroud
Substitution61
16Denis Polyakov
10Karim Benzema18Dmitri Verkhovtsov
Yellow Card31
Substitution70
11Rio Mavuba19Maksim Bordachev
15Christophe Jallet
Goal68
20Vitali Rodionov
Substitution62
20Étienne Capoue
Goal49
21Stanislav Dragun

Substitutes

16Steve Mandanda (GK)22Aleksandr Gutor (GK)
23Mickaël Landreau (GK)2Aleksandr Kulchiy
Substitution46
4Adil Rami4Igor Shitov
8Mathieu Valbuena
Substitution61
5Vitali Trubilo
12Blaise Matuidi
Substitution75
7Andrei Khachaturyan
13Anthony Réveillère8Sergei Kornilenko
Substitution62
Penalty72
14Jérémy Ménez
Substitution90
9Leonid Kovel
17Maxime Gonalons23Sergei Balanovich
Substitution70
18Bafétimbi Gomis
19Abou Diaby
21Laurent Koscielny
22Gaël Clichy

Coach

Didier Deschamps (FRA) Georgi Kondratiev (BLR)

Referee

Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)

Assistant referees

Çem Satman (TUR), Orkun Aktaş (TUR)

Fourth official

Halis Özkahya (TUR)

Legend:

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

See also

  • France

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Spain, 16 October 2012, 1-1
  • Belarus

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Spain, 12 October 2012, 0-4
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