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Nov 15, 2013 at 7.45pm UK
Ukraine
2-0
France
Zozulya (61'), Yarmolenko (83' pen.)
Kucher (90')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Koscielny (90')

Result: France outdone by two second-half goals

Ukraine score two goals in the second half to take control of their World Cup playoff against France.

Ukraine have beaten France tonight in the first leg of their World Cup playoff.

The first bit of goalmouth action fell to France when Mathieu Debuchy swung in a cross to Olivier Giroud, but the Arsenal striker's header was weak and saved by Andriy Pyatov.

Ukraine's forward Andriy Yarmolenko celebrates next to France's defender Blaise Matuidi and defenders Eric Abidal and Laurent Koscielny after Ukraine scored a goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off first leg football match between Ukraine© Getty Images

Andriy Yarmolenko then showed his first attacking intent of the match, running down the right before cutting in, but his shot failed to trouble Hugo Lloris.

Ukraine almost took the lead halfway through the first period. Yarmolenko hooked the ball over his own head to Ruslan Rotan. He then ran down the line and crossed the ball to Edmar Aparesida, whose diving header went just wide.

Again the home side came close and again it was Yarmolenko at the heart of their good play. This time he slid in Edmar, who pulled the ball back in the centre to Yevhen Konoplyanka. However, the shot was blocked by Mathieu Debuchy.

France's forward Olivier Giroud reacts next to midfielder Samir Nasri after Ukraine scored a goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off first leg football match between Ukraine and France at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on November 15, 2013© Getty Images

The goal did come, however, with 15 minutes played in the second half. Edmar knocked the ball down to Roman Zozulya, who squeezed his shot past Lloris.

France nearly found an equaliser through Samir Nasri but, after Giroud had put him through, he shot straight at Pyatov.

The night got worse for the visitors with 10 minutes remaining. Laurent Koscielny conceded a penalty, which Yarmolenko drilled down the middle for 2-0.

Koscielny then completed a miserable evening for the French with a sending-off in stoppage time. However, Olexandr Kucher ensured that Ukraine also ended the match with 10 men after picking up his second yellow card.

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