France went down 2-0 in the Ukraine tonight in a World Cup qualifying game against a good-looking Ukraine side, who have not conceded a goal in their last eight games, and the game on Tuesday in Paris is going to be a very difficult one for France who must now score at least two goals, and it looks doubtful whether they can now qualify for the World Cup finals in Brazil next summer.
Mathieu Debuchy – played the whole game for France
Our French players will not be too happy tonight. 🙁
Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy of Newcastle both started for France tonight in Kyiv, but as expected Cabaye missed out on a starting place to Paul Pogba of Juventus.
This was always going to be a tough game for France against a Ukraine side unbeaten in their last 10 games, having won eight of them, and the only game that has stopped them winning all of their home games this year was the 0-0 draw against England.
It was a close game in the first half with both Debuchy and Remy playing well, and at half time it was 0-0 with perhaps France the slightly better side, in front of 70,000 home fans.
But then after 61 minutes the home side went ahead with a goal from Roman Zozulya after a quick Ukraine breakaway, and France immediately made a change with Mouusa Sissoko replacing Newcastle team-mate Loic Remy a minute later.
And then after another 20 minutes as France were pressing forward , Koscielny gave away a penalty, and Ukraine scored their second goal as Andriy Yarmolenko hit the ball home off the cross bar from the penalty spot.
And then to make things even worse, Laurent Koscielny was sent off with a straight red in added time, after he seemed to lose his temper with a Ukrainian player.
With a few seconds to go in the game Ukraine defender Kucher was sent off, after picking up his second yellow card, and that means that two of Ukraine’s excellent back four will not be available in Paris.
And Fraser Forster, the former Newcastle goalkeeper born in Hexham and now playing for Celtic, made his debut for England against Chile at Wembley tonight, in a 2-0 defeat for the home side.
Sanchez scored both the Chile goals after 7 minutes and in added time.
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