Stade de France - Saint-Denis 15/10/2013 - 21:00CET (21:00 local time)

Qualifying round - Group I

France - Finland
3-0
 

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France beat Finland but finish second

Published: Tuesday 15 October 2013, 23.02CET
France 3-0 Finland
Franck Ribéry's early strike and Karim Benzema's volley book-ended the scoring but France finished second in Group I.
France beat Finland but finish second
Franck Ribéry (second right) celebrates his opener ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

France
Finland

3

Goals scored

0

21

Total attempts

5

8

Attempts on target

2

9

off target

3

6

blocked

2

2

against woodwork

0

10

Corners

5

4

Offsides

0

2

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

10

Fouls committed

7

7

Fouls suffered

10

Standings

Last updated: 16/10/2013 11:42 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Published: Tuesday 15 October 2013, 23.02CET

France beat Finland but finish second

France 3-0 Finland
Franck Ribéry's early strike and Karim Benzema's volley book-ended the scoring but France finished second in Group I.

France had to settle for a FIFA World Cup play-off despite securing a third win in a row.

Franck Ribéry's audacious early strike, an Olivier Giroud header credited as an own goal to Joona Toivio and Karim Benzema's volley late in the second half kept the goals flowing for Didier Deschamps's charges. But Spain's defeat of Georgia left Les Bleus second in Group I and destined for Monday's play-off draw for the ties in November.

Having scored ten times in their last two games compared with 11 in the previous 13, France picked up where they left off in the 6-0 thrashing of Australia on Friday. The match in Paris was eight minutes old when Ribéry, running along the box from the left, launched a sudden effort which bounced in off the crossbar.

The goal reflected France's early dominance although the Finns provided a threat for Hugo Lloris on several occasions through Roman Eremenko and Alexander Ring. Finland goalkeeper Niki Mäenpää's thigh saved the visitors five minutes before half-time as Giroud sensed his chance from close range. Mäenpää's post was the saviour seconds later from another Giroud attempt.

Teemu Puuki showed quality in the second half, shooting wide after a fine team move. However, France came back to prominence towards the end and doubled their lead when Mathieu Debuchy's long cross was met by Giroud's far-post header, though Toivio was credited with the final touch. Yohan Cabaye hit an upright before fellow substitute Benzema struck the third three minutes from time with a left-foot volley following Ribéry's centre.

Last updated: 08/05/14 2.35CET

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Lineups

France

France

Finland

Finland

1Hugo Lloris (GK) (C)1Niki Mäenpää (GK)
2Mathieu Debuchy
46
2Petri Pasanen
3Patrice Evra
60
5Veli Lampi
7Franck Ribéry
8
7Roman Eremenko
8Mathieu Valbuena8Perparim Hetemaj
9Olivier Giroud
81
10Teemu Pukki
86
11Samir Nasri
71
13Kari Arkivuo
14Blaise Matuidi
71
15Markus Halsti
19Paul Pogba16Teemu Tainio (C)
64
21Laurent Koscielny19Alexander Ring
73
22Éric Abidal21Kasper Hämäläinen
79

Substitutes

16Steve Mandanda (GK)12Lukas Hradecky (GK)
23Stéphane Ruffier (GK)23Henri Sillanpää (GK)
4Kurt Zouma3Tapio Heikkilä
5Mamadou Sakho4Joona Toivio
64
76
6Yohan Cabaye
71
9Erfan Zeneli
10Karim Benzema
81
87
11Riku Riski
79
12Gaël Clichy14Sakari Mattila
13Clément Grenier17Toni Kolehmainen
15Rod Fanni18Mikko Sumusalo
17Dimitri Payet20Timo Furuholm
86
18Moussa Sissoko22Jukka Raitala
20Loïc Rémy
71

Coach

Didier Deschamps (FRA) Mixu Paatelainen (FIN)

Referee

Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)

Assistant referees

Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE), Michael Karsiotis (GRE)

Fourth official

Athenasios Giachos (GRE)

Legend:

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

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