Friday 22 September 2017

France storm back to book ticket to Brazil

World Cup Play-Offs Round-Up

France came back from the brink to overpower Ukraine 3-0 in a thrilling playoff return match to qualify for the 2014 World Cup with a 3-2 aggregate victory.

France came back from the brink to overpower Ukraine 3-0 in a thrilling playoff return match to qualify for the 2014 World Cup with a 3-2 aggregate victory.

Oleg Gusev put through his own net in the 72nd minute after Mamadou Sakho had put Les Bleus ahead with his first international goal midway through the first half and Karim Benzema put the hosts head before the break.

Ukraine, who won the first leg in Kiev 2-0 on Friday, were reduced to 10 men when Yevhen Khacheridi was sent off for a second bookable offence two minutes into the second half.

Croatia beat Iceland 2-0 to quash the small Nordic nation's hopes of reaching the first ever major championship.

Dario Mandzukic scored the opener in the 22nd minute but was given a red card nine minutes later for a reckless tackle. Darijo Srna soon made it 2-0.

Irish Independent

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