Ukraine 0-2 France Highlights – Euro 2012
France secured their first group win at Euro 2012 at the expense of co-hosts Ukraine during a rain-interrupted spectacle in Donetsk.
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Venue: Donbass Arena, Donetsk
Date: Friday, 15 June
Kick-off: 17:00 BST
0-1 Jeremy Menez 53′
0-2 Yohan Cabaye 56′
France are unbeaten in six games against Ukraine (W3, D3), keeping four clean sheets.
Ukraine held France to a 2-2 draw in Kiev in the penultimate meeting, but the most recent encounter saw the French win 4-1 in Donetsk last year. The home side took the lead in that match, and were level until the 87th minute before conceding three late goals.
Against Sweden Andriy Shevchenko became the oldest player to score twice in a single World Cup or European Championship match since Roger Milla’s brace versus Cameroon at the 1990 World Cup (aged 38).
Shevchenko also became the second oldest goalscorer at a European Championship (35 years and 256 days). The record is held by Austria’s Ivica Vastic, who netted against Poland at Euro 2008 aged 38 years and 257 days.
Shevchenko is now two goals away from 50 for his country. He is both the youngest and oldest goalscorer in Ukraine’s history – he opened his account aged 19 years and 215 days against Turkey in 1996.
Oleg Blokhin’s men are the only side at Euro 2012 without a British-based player in their squad. Only two players, Dynamo Moscow’s Andriy Voronin and Bayern Munich’s Anatoliy Tymoschuk, play outside of Ukraine.
Les Bleus have failed to win their last eight games at major tournaments (D4, L4), with the 2006 World Cup final counted as a draw. It is the worst run in their history, eclipsing a seven-match streak set from 1960 to 1978.
France are unbeaten in 22 matches, including 15 wins.
Laurent Blanc could emulate Germany’s Berti Vogts, the only man to win the European Championship as both player and coach (in 1972 and 1996).
Opta statistics show that Samir Nasri’s goal against England came after 21 consecutive passes, which was the longest build-up of any European Championship goal since 1980.