Ribery relieved after France go top of Group D

Last Updated: Jun 16, 2012, 09:14 AM IST

Warsaw: France winger Franck Ribery admitted his relief after Les Bleus defeated Ukraine 2-0 to go top of Group D with one game left to play.

Two quick-fire goals from Jeremy Menez and Yohan Cabaye allowed Laurent Blanc’s side to claim the victory and join England on four points.

It was France`s first victory in a major international competition since their 1-0 success against Portugal at World Cup 2006, and Ribery was relieved to see the team finally put an end to the unwanted record.

"It was very important to win," Ribery told reporters. "We were very focused.

"We played better than against England, we played at a quick pace, we won the match, and more importantly, we did not concede any goals.

"We are a young team, we want to attack and score all the time. Then later, we will maybe have to make sense of things. But now, it feels good.

"On a personal level, everything went really well, this is the snapshot of my season. The friendly matches and the three goals I scored have given me a lot of confidence.

"I had a good match against England and tonight I also had a great game."

France will now prepare for their final group match against Sweden, who have already been eliminated, as they look to win the group.

But Ribery is taking nothing for granted against the Scandinavians.

"It will not be an easy match against Sweden, we will have to recover well," he noted.

"They have a great player at the front, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. We will have to prepare for this match well."

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