NSK Olimpiyskyi - Kyiv 15/11/2013 - 20:45CET (21:45 local time)

Play-off for Final Tournament, First leg

Ukraine - France
2-0

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Ukraine leave France with it all to do in play-off

Published: Friday 15 November 2013, 23.55CET
Ukraine 2-0 France
Roman Zozulya scored one and earned a decisive penalty as the home side claimed a significant win in a match both teams ended with ten men.
by Igor Lynnik
from NSK Olimpiyskyi
Ukraine leave France with it all to do in play-off
Ukraine celebrate en route to their victory over France ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

Ukraine
France

2

Goals scored

0

11

Total attempts

12

4

Attempts on target

6

4

off target

2

2

blocked

6

0

against woodwork

0

2

Corners

9

2

Offsides

3

4

Yellow cards

2

1

Red Cards

1

24

Fouls committed

20

19

Fouls suffered

24

Standings

Published: Friday 15 November 2013, 23.55CET

Ukraine leave France with it all to do in play-off

Ukraine 2-0 France
Roman Zozulya scored one and earned a decisive penalty as the home side claimed a significant win in a match both teams ended with ten men.

Ukraine will take a 2-0 lead to France on Tuesday after Roman Zozulya scored and then earned a penalty converted by Andriy Yarmolenko in the first leg of their FIFA World Cup play-off.

Ukraine coach Mikhail Fomenko has a knack of springing surprises on opponents and did so again as the hosts refused to sit back in Kyiv, instead playing a pressing game. His positive approach was rewarded with Zozulya breaking the deadlock on 61 minutes after a fine team move, before drawing a foul that allowed Yarmolenko to make it 2-0. France's misery was compounded when Laurent Koscielny was sent off although Olexandr Kucher also saw red late on.

Andriy Pyatov has now gone eight internationals without conceding yet was soon forced into action to keep out Olivier Giroud's header. Yarmolenko responded in kind following an attack down the right, his attempt easily dealt with by Hugo Lloris, and for much of the opening half-hour the sides, both 4-3-3, cancelled each other out. It was Les Bleus who gradually took control, albeit without unduly troubling Pyatov.

However, Ukraine lurked ominously, Yevhen Konoplyanka sounding a couple of warnings before the break. He first had a powerful volley blocked by Mathieu Debuchy before Koscielny intervened to stop another effort destined for the bottom corner. The Arsenal FC defender was at fault, though, when he allowed Zozulya to collect the ball inside the area, work some space and shoot past Lloris.

France were soon dominating possession, making Ukraine's back four sweat. Pyatov had little to do before the first goal, but he was certainly busy after it. His defence did their job, largely restricting Laurent Blanc's men to long-range shots as Ukraine soaked up the pressure. Then they landed another blow as the lively Zozulya was felled by Koscielny and Yarmolenko extended the advantage with a fizzing spot kick.

As the pressure rose, Koscielny's misery was completed in stoppage time when he received a red card after tangling with Kucher, who also got his marching orders before the night was out. Both will miss the second leg in four days' time when France will bid to mount a comeback. They have a mountain to climb.

Last updated: 08/05/14 2.02CET

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Lineups

Ukraine

Ukraine

France

France

12Andriy Pyatov (GK)1Hugo Lloris (GK) (C)
3Yevhen Khacheridi2Mathieu Debuchy
5Olexandr Kucher
Yellow Card90+1
Red Card90+5
3Patrice Evra
6Taras Stepanenko7Franck Ribéry
7Andriy Yarmolenko
Goal82
9Olivier Giroud
Yellow Card45+1
Substitution70
8Roman Zozulya
Goal61
Substitution86
11Samir Nasri
Substitution80
10Yevhen Konoplyanka
Substitution90+2
14Blaise Matuidi
13Vyacheslav Shevchuk
Yellow Card36
19Paul Pogba
14Ruslan Rotan (C)20Loïc Rémy
Substitution64
17Artem Fedetskiy
Yellow Card70
21Laurent Koscielny
Red Card90+1
21Edmar
Substitution76
22Éric Abidal

Substitutes

1Maxym Koval (GK)16Steve Mandanda (GK)
23Rustam Khudzhamov (GK)23Mickaël Landreau (GK)
2Denys Dedechko4Rio Mavuba
4Anatoliy Tymoshchuk5Mamadou Sakho
9Oleh Gusev
Substitution90+2
6Yohan Cabaye
11Yevhen Seleznyov
Substitution86
8Mathieu Valbuena
Substitution80
15Roman Bezus
Substitution76
10Karim Benzema
Substitution70
16Vitaly Mandziuk12Gaël Clichy
18Mykola Morozyuk13Clément Grenier
19Serhiy Sydorchuk15Bacary Sagna
20Yaroslav Rakitskiy17Dimitri Payet
22Marko Dević18Moussa Sissoko
Substitution64
Yellow Card76

Coach

Mikhail Fomenko (UKR) Didier Deschamps (FRA)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Assistant referees

Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR)

Fourth official

Barış Şimşek (TUR)

Legend:

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

See also

  • Ukraine

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v France, 19 November 2013, 3-0
  • France

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Ukraine, 19 November 2013, 3-0
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