Euro Cup 2012: France vs Ukraine – As it happened…
Zeenews Sports Bureau
Warsaw, Poland: 20:47 pm And there’s the FINAL WHISTLE! France defeat Ukraine 2-0!
20:40 pm A YELLOW CARD to Anatoliy (Ukraine). France get a free-kick which is defended by the goalkeeper.
20:39 pm Ukraine make two attempts at the goal, none of them could produce a goal.
20:36 pm YELLOW CARD for Philippe Mexes (France). Free kick for Ukraine. This could be their last best chance. Aliyev takes the kick and even he can’t change the fortunes for his team today.
20:30pm SUBSITUTION. Giroud (in) for Benzema. Ukraine get a corner and similar result, they couldn’t do much about it.
20:24 pm Ribery to take a free-kick just outside the penalty area. He strikes it well, and it is just wide.
20:24 pm Devic misses out on a chance once again. He beat some of the defenders but towards the end couldn’t execute it well.
20:21 pm SUBSTITUTION: Aliyev (in) - Yarmolenko (out) (Ukraine) and another one for Ukraine- Aliyev (in) - Yarmolenko (out) (Ukraine).
20:20 pm Ukraine got a corner and they couldn’t make much of it.
20:15 pm France get another corner, they are now dominating the game. The crowd is still supporting Ukraine, hoping some magic.
20:13 pm SUBSTITUTION, Artem Milevskiy comes in for Nazarenko.
20:08 pm The crowd is once again silenced. Another GOAAL by France! It’s Cabaye this time and it’s his first international goal in the French jersey. So France have scored two goals in a couple of minutes here.
20:06 pm Menez has scored a GOAAAAAL!! His second international goal, the crowd is stunned! France take the lead now. He capitalized on Karim Benzema`s pass to beat the Ukranian goalkeeper, finally.
20:03 pm France get another corner, Nasri delivers it but once again, no result produced.
19:59 pm Devic has replaced Voronin for Ukraine. France has got a corner, no result yet.
19:43 pmAnd that’s half time. None of the teams have managed to score a goal so far. Both the teams have had plenty of chances though.
19:41 pm Benzema is creating chances of his own. Another one created, but not good enough for a goal.
19:37 pm Now a YELLOW CARD for Menez.
19:36 pm Another terrific save by Pyatov. He has done a commendable job for his side!
19:34 pm Another corner for Ukraine and they cannot make anything out of it either.
19:34 pm Ukraine get a corner. And they cannot capitalize it.
19:32 pm Konoplyanka has missed a very good opportunity. He had to beat the French goalkeeper, which he couldn’t, no goals yet, both the teams have had some good chances missed.That was probably the `best chance of the night.`
Match Score:UKRAINE 0-0 FRANCE
19:25 pm And that’s a terrific save by the Ukrananian goalkeeper Pyatov, there was nobody to defend that and it was a big opportunity which has been missed by Ribery!
19:24 pm Benzema once again gets an opportunity but he hits it straight to the goalkeeper.
19:21 pm Yarmolenko from Ukraine manages to beat the defenders and surge ahead but at the end misses the target.
19:13 pm Ménez (France) is flagged for offside, just a reminder France haven’t lost a game in their last 22 outings!
19:11 pmMexès (France) has been penalised for a foul on Shevchenko (Ukraine).
19:08 pm Benzema is flagged for offside.
19:05 pm The goalkeeper once again makes a save and France get a corner. No damage done so far.
19:03 pm Benzema makes an effort but the goalkeeper saves it easily!
19:01 pm The game has begun. Just a reminder the game was temporarily suspended after 4 minutes and 20 seconds and it has resumed now!
18:58 pm Good news! The rain has stopped and the play shall resume anytime now!
18:19 pm There are no signs of the rain stopping. There will be an inspection once the rain stops after which the finally decision about the play would be taken.
18:09 pm Referee Bjorn Kuipers seems to have taken the right decision and as per the reports the players have been taken off the field due to thunder and lightning!
Match Score:UKRAINE 0-0 FRANCE
18:03 pm The referee has decided to temporarily suspend the game as its raining very heavily!
18:01 pm The match has begun and it has started to pour down heavily. The fans are excited and it’s all set for an exciting contest here.
It has started to drizzle as the national anthem is being played!
Hello and welcome to our exclusive coverage of the Live match between Ukraine and France.
Co-host Ukraine will take on France in Donetsk, Ukraine, in their second Group D match at the European Championship.
Here are the lineups for Ukraine vs. France:
Ukraine: Andriy Pyatov, Yevhen Selin, Oleh Gusev, Taras Michalik, Yevhen Khacheridi, Anatoliy Tymoshcuk, Andriy Voronin, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Serhiy Nazarenko, Andriy Yarmolenko, Andriy Shevchenko.
France: Hugo Lloris, Mathieu Debuchy, Adil Rami, Philippe Mexes, Gael Clichy, Yohan Cabaye, Alou Diarra, Franck Ribery, Samir Nasri, Jeremy Menez, Karim Benzema.
Ukraine: Maxym Koval, Oleksandr Goryainov, Olexandr Kucher, Denys Garmash, Olexandr Aliyev, Vyacheslav Shevchuk, Ruslan Rotan, Artem Milevsky, Yevhen Seleznyov, Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Bohdan Butko, Marko Devic.
France: Steve Mandanda, Cedric Carrasso, Patrice Evra, Mathieu Valbuena, Olivier Giroud, Blaise Matuidi, Anthony Reveillere, Florent Malouda, Yann M`Vila, Marvin Martin, Hatem Ben Arfa, Laurent Koscielny.