Having been written off after an insipid display in Kiev in the first leg of their World Cup qualification play-off against Ukraine, France emerged victorious by 3 goals to nil in the second leg in Paris which helped them overturn a two goal first leg deficit and book a place in the FIFA World Cup finals of 2014.
In what was an amazing comeback by Didier Deschamps’ men, the home side fought hard in far from ideal conditions at the Stade de France to trounce Ukraine in the deciding tie. Les Blues dominated the game from start to finish, having created the bulk of the chances. The home side took a deserved lead in the 22nd minute when Sakho turned home a rebound to open the scoring for France. Karim Benzema, who was preferred to Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud in the starting line up last night, slotted home a dubious goal from a few yards out to level the scores on aggregate, 10 minutes before half-time. Benzema was disallowed a goal by an erroneous off-side call earlier in the half which he was then compensated for by another dubious call on the goal which saw the Real Madrid striker clearly off-side.