Friday June 3, 2011 Group Stage: Group D Finished Dynamo Stadium

Belarus 1 - 1 France

  • Abidal 20’ (o.g.)
  • Malouda 22’

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    Poor France held by Belarus

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Belarus
    • France
    • 90+3 There's the whistle and France are held. They are still in charge of their group though, with 13 points and four clear of Belarus in second. Bosnia's hammering at the hands of Romania helped too.
    • 90+2 France pushing for a late winner but I can't see the hosts yielding after a good defensive display so far this second half... Benzema combines with Nasri and Remy but they can't find a way through.
    • 90' Two minutes added time signalled and it seems this will peter out a draw - meaning France will have dropped five points against a team they would expect to beat home and away!
    • 87' Omelyanchuk has a pop but sends it wide from the edge of the box.
    • 85' This is a poor game, even by France's recent standards. Benzema is again caught offside.
    • 69' Veremko does well to keep out a Nasri effort. France are controlling possession but the Belarussians are getting men behind the ball.
    • 52' Not the greatest start to this second half. Bordachev is down holding his knee after a challenge with Malouda.
    • 46' The second half is underway in Minsk.
    • 45' By the way it's half-time in Minsk, in case you were wondering about radio silence.
    • 39' Benzema again fires wide after good play by Malouda and Ribery.
    • 33' Great cross by Nasri and Benzema is all on his own at the far post but he makes a mess of the volleyed finish.
    • 25' Shitov with a pop from range but easy for Lloris.
    • 22' France equalise! Right back atcha! And it's Malouda! He opens his body up nicely to slide a left-foot finish past the keeper after good work from Benzema and Sagna.
    • 19' GOAL BELARUS! Disaster for Abidal, an own goal! Unlucky rebound after a mistake from Rami.
    • 15' Shitov has a pop from outside the area and it tests Lloris, who puts it behind for a corner.
    • 12' Sagna with a great intervention to deny Putsila running through.
    • 9' Robery and Benzema are combining well for France, for whom Nasri and Malouda are providing extra width. Belarus are providing a physical challenge though.
    • 1' Belarus-France is underway in Minsk.
    • 19:25 TEAMS - Belarus: Veremko, Shitov, Tigorev, Omelyanchuk, Bordachev, Verkhovtsov, Martynovich, Kalachev, Trubila, Putsila, Voronkov; Subs: Zhevnov, Sitko, Hleb, Bychenok, Zhavnerchik, Kisliak /// France: Lloris, Sagna, Rami, Abidal, Sakho, Nasri, Malouda, Diarra, Diaby, Ribery, Benzema; Subs: Mandanda, Evra, Kaboul, Cabaye, M'Vila, Gameiro, Remy /// Referee: David Borbalan (Spain)
  • Summary

    • 33' Great cross by Nasri and Benzema is all on his own at the far post but he makes a mess of the volleyed finish.
    • 22' France equalise! Right back atcha! And it's Malouda! He opens his body up nicely to slide a left-foot finish past the keeper after good work from Benzema and Sagna.
    • 19' GOAL BELARUS! Disaster for Abidal, an own goal! Unlucky rebound after a mistake from Rami.
    • 15' Shitov has a pop from outside the area and it tests Lloris, who puts it behind for a corner.
    • 19:25 TEAMS - Belarus: Veremko, Shitov, Tigorev, Omelyanchuk, Bordachev, Verkhovtsov, Martynovich, Kalachev, Trubila, Putsila, Voronkov; Subs: Zhevnov, Sitko, Hleb, Bychenok, Zhavnerchik, Kisliak /// France: Lloris, Sagna, Rami, Abidal, Sakho, Nasri, Malouda, Diarra, Diaby, Ribery, Benzema; Subs: Mandanda, Evra, Kaboul, Cabaye, M'Vila, Gameiro, Remy /// Referee: David Borbalan (Spain)

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Belarus

    Manager: Bernd Stange

  • France

    Manager: Laurent Blanc

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