Pre Match : France vs Ukraine Preview, Live streams online, Team News, Highlights and Team Lineups
November 19, 2013 8:00 PM GMT
Stade de France — Paris
Referee: D. Skomina
Match Highlights & Full Match Replay – available after the match
Four days ago, in Kiev , Ukraine somewhat unexpected celebrated with 2:0 and thus gained a huge advantage , which favored Didier Deschamps’ men this time will try catch up with support of their fans.
But it’s certainly a lot easier said than done , especially if the French do not improve their game in the middle of the field , where a much more prepared physically Ukrainians won a key battle in their win four days ago .
In addition, the last line in the second half showed a lot of weaknesses with conceding two goals and Koscielny was sent off, but their cause has been aided by the return of Raphael Varane.
As for the attack, clearly did not functioned as Deschamp wanted , but he still trusts in the fact that in recent times a lot better games French provide at home than on the side, so he firmly believes that the Les Bleus can catch up and these two goals differences .
We can expect something more offensive game from Deschamps’ men than in Kiev , and this in turn means that this approach of must-do will create a lot of room for quick counter-attacks so we could see a lot of goals.
As for the Ukrainians, of course, they are much more relaxed ahead of this rematch game in Paris, considering that a four days ago, they came to the great victory of 2-0.
Otherwise, Ukraine approached that game with a very clever tactic, first of all they stopped the two most dangerous French players Nasri and Ribery, won the battle in the midfield and patiently waited for their chances, which came. Still, now the French would be the ones which will dictate the game, and anything less than a win of France would be a complete surprise.
France and Ukraine get ready for second leg of World Cup play off
Probable starting lineup of France: Lloris – Debuchy, Varane, Sakho, Evra – Matuidi, Pogba – Remy, Nasri, Ribery – Benzema
Probable starting lineup of Ukraine: Pyatov – Fedetsky, Rakitsky, Khacheridi, Shevchuk – Stepanenko, Rotan – Yarmolenko, Edmar, Konoplyanka – Zozulya