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Euro 2012: France v Ukraine suspended due to lightning, resumes shortly afterwards

The Euro 2012 Group D game between Ukraine and France was suspended in the fifth minute due to lightning and thunder as torrential rain poured down at the Donbass Arena on Friday.

European governing body UEFA said the game would not restart before 1700 GMT but it resumed after dramatic scenes in Donetsk when it was temporarily halted after five minutes because of lightning and rain.

Referee Bjorn Kuipers ordered the players to go back to the dressing-rooms with co-hosts Ukraine and France level at 0-0.

Fans, officials and reporters ran for cover and the stadium was almost empty five minutes after the match was interrupted.