Stade de France - Saint-Denis 11/09/2012 - 21:00CET (21:00 local timelocal)

Qualifying round - Group I

France - Belarus
3-1
 

France - Belarus 3-1 - 11/09/2012 - Match page - FIFA World Cup 2014

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France beat Belarus to maintain perfect start

Published: Tuesday 11 September 2012, 22.00CET
France beat Belarus to maintain perfect start
France celebrate Christophe Jallet's second-half goal against Belarus ©Getty Images

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.

Match statistics

France
Belarus

3

Goals scored

1

15

Total attempts

7

7

Attempts on target

2

6

off target

5

0

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

8

Corners

2

2

Offsides

1

1

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

11

Fouls committed

21

20

Fouls suffered

10

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
  • Substitution
    90
    Ménez (in) - Ribéry (out) (France)
  • Goal
    80
    Ribéry (France) scores!
  • Substitution
    75
    Matuidi (in) - Cabaye (out) (France)
  • Goal
    72
    Putilo (Belarus) scores!

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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