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France 1-1 Ukraine: Defending champions held in opening World Cup qualifier

Serhiy Sydorchuk scores
Ukraine lost 7-1 against France at the Stade de France in October

France were held to a surprise draw by Ukraine as they got their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign under way.

The world champions began confidently and deservedly went ahead when Antoine Griezmann superbly curled a left-foot effort into the corner from 18 yards.

However, Ukraine held firm in defence and levelled when Serhiy Sydorchuk's deflected shot wrong-footed France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

In Wednesday's other Group D fixture Finland drew with Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Norwich forward Teemu Pukki scored twice for the hosts with Miroslav Stevanovic and Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanic scoring for the visitors.

It had looked like being a comfortable evening for Didier Deschamps' France side when Griezmann's expertly registered his 34th international goal.

But Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud was twice unable to convert good opportunities to score and Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman appeared to have a valid penalty claim when he was brought down by Ukraine goalkeeper Georgi Bushchan.

Those moments provided the visitors with the impetus to hit back, with Sydorchuk's effort their first on target but only after a significant diversion off France defender Presnel Kimpembe.

While the hosts introduced Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, the visitors merited their hard-fought point.

Line-ups

France

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 2PavardBooked at 29mins
  • 4Varane
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 21Hernández
  • 13Kanté
  • 14Rabiot
  • 15ComanSubstituted forDembéléat 63'minutes
  • 7Griezmann
  • 10MbappéSubstituted forMartialat 77'minutes
  • 9GiroudSubstituted forPogbaat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Lenglet
  • 6Pogba
  • 8Lemar
  • 11Dembélé
  • 12Dubois
  • 16Mandanda
  • 17Sissoko
  • 18Zouma
  • 19Digne
  • 20Martial
  • 22Ben Yedder
  • 23Maignan

Ukraine

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Bushchan
  • 21Karavaev
  • 3Zabarnyi
  • 4Kryvtsov
  • 22Matvienko
  • 16Mykolenko
  • 7ShaparenkoSubstituted forZubkovat 86'minutes
  • 5SydorchukSubstituted forKovalenkoat 79'minutes
  • 17Zinchenko
  • 8Malinovskiy
  • 9YaremchukSubstituted forJúnior Moraesat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Sobol
  • 6Syrota
  • 10Konoplyanka
  • 11Marlos
  • 12Pyatov
  • 13Konoplya
  • 14Mykhaylichenko
  • 15Zubkov
  • 18Makarenko
  • 19Júnior Moraes
  • 20Kovalenko
  • 23Trubin
Referee:
Tobias Stieler

Match Stats

Home TeamFranceAway TeamUkraine
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home18
Away3
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home12
Away0
Fouls
Home17
Away3

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, France 1, Ukraine 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, France 1, Ukraine 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, France. Paul Pogba tries a through ball, but Antoine Griezmann is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lucas Hernández (France) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Paul Pogba (France).

  6. Post update

    Ruslan Malinovskiy (Ukraine) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by N'Golo Kanté (France).

  8. Post update

    Júnior Moraes (Ukraine) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Presnel Kimpembe (France) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Corner, France. Conceded by Oleksandr Karavaev.

  11. Post update

    Presnel Kimpembe (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Júnior Moraes (Ukraine).

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ousmane Dembélé (France) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Martial.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adrien Rabiot (France) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann with a cross following a corner.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Ukraine. Oleksandr Zubkov replaces Mykola Shaparenko.

  16. Post update

    Corner, France. Conceded by Serhii Kryvtsov.

  17. Post update

    Offside, France. Antoine Griezmann tries a through ball, but N'Golo Kanté is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Antoine Griezmann (France) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ousmane Dembélé.

  19. Post update

    Corner, France. Conceded by Georgi Bushchan.

  20. Post update

    Ousmane Dembélé (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.

As It Stood

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