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

Lineups

France

France

Finland

Finland

1Lloris (GK) (C)1Mäenpää (GK)
2Debuchy
46
2Pasanen
3Evra
60
5Lampi
7Ribéry
8
7R. Eremenko
8Valbuena8P. Hetemaj
9Giroud
81
10Pukki
86
11Nasri
71
13Arkivuo
14Matuidi
71
15Halsti
19Pogba16Tainio (C)
64
21Koscielny19Ring
73
22Abidal21Hämäläinen
79

Substitutes

16Mandanda (GK)12Hradecky (GK)
23Ruffier (GK)23Sillanpää (GK)
4Zouma3Heikkilä
5Sakho4Toivio
64
76
6Cabaye
71
9Zeneli
10Benzema
81
87
11Riski
79
12Clichy14Mattila
13Grenier17Kolehmainen
15Fanni18Sumusalo
17Payet20Furuholm
86
18Sissoko22Raitala
20Rémy
71

Coaches

Didier Deschamps (FRA) Mixu Paatelainen (FIN)

Referee

Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)

Press kits

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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