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France vs Ukraine World Cup play off - November 19, 2013

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WC Qualification Europe Group Play-Offs - France vs Ukraine  
Match date: Thursday 19th November, 2013
Kick Off Time: 20:00 UK (BST) - 01:30 (IST) - 8:00 PM GMT  
Venue: Stade De France, Paris, France
Referee:‬ Damir Skomina (SVN)

But this is certainly a lot easier said than done, especially if they do not improve their game in the middle of the field, since they were defeated against a much more physically prepared Ukrainians four days ago. In addition, they have showed a lot of weaknesses in the second half the last line, which has resulted with two received goals and the suspension of Koscielny in the injury time. As for the attack, things have not clearly functioned there the way their coach Deschamps wanted, but he still trusts in the fact that they have performed a lot better at home than on the side so he firmly believes that they can now catch up with these two goals differences.
Of course, we expect a much more offensive game from the French now than in Kiev, which means that they will create a lot of room for quick counter-attacks of their guests, so they still need to be extremely careful and disciplined in the last line. This is why it is expected that the stoppers duo will this time consist of young Varane and Sakho instead of the suspended Koscielny and somewhat insecure Abidal, while there might be a few changes in the top of the attack as well, so that Benzema could get an advantage over Giroud.

As for the Ukrainians, they are much more relaxed before this rematch in Paris, considering that they have taken advantage of playing at home four days ago and came to the great victory of 2-0. Otherwise, they have very cleverly played in this game, because they first of all stopped the two most dangerous French players Nasri and Ribery, and then patiently waited for their chance in the rest of the match. This happened in the 61st minute when Zozulya scored one goal, while they also used the penalty in the finish of the match through their best player Yarmolenko, who brought Ukraine only one step away from the placement in Brazil.
However, they are very well aware that they are about to experience a very tough 90 minutes in Paris, primarily because the hosts will move aggressively from the first minute towards the goal of the goalkeeper Pyatov. However, this will also be a great opportunity for their fleet-footed wingers Yarmolenko and Konoplyanka and young striker Zozulya to score once again, and thus definitely extinguish all French hopes of qualifying in the World Cup. On the other hand, the last line of the Ukraine will this time be in a lot more trouble, because they are their suspended Kucher will not be able to perform in this match.

Possible line-ups:
France: Lloris – Debuchy, Varane, Sakho, Evra – Matuidi, Pogba – Remy, Nasri, Ribery – Benzema.
Ukraine: Pyatov – Fedetsky, Rakitsky, Khacheridi, Shevchuk – Stepanenko, Rotan – Yarmolenko, Edmar, Konoplyanka – Zozulya. 

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]


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