France and England have played a derby of the group D at the European Championships in Donetsk. Though France showed more,in the end had to be content with one point. Match ended 1-1.
Both teams started the match with only one striker. For the French it was Benzema, while the wing positions covered Nasri and Benzema.For the Englishman Welbeck was that striker, while attacking rolls still had Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Young. Coach of England Roy Hodgson, of course, for this match could not count on the suspended Wayne Rooney.
The French from the start had a field initiative, but to the first real chance came in the 15th minute England,when Milner on the left bypassed the French goalkeeper Lloris, but he missed an empty goal.
In 30th minute, England took the lead 1-0. Gerrard from a free kick on the right side,sent superb ball and Joleon Lescott with his head sent it into the net. With the intervention Alou Diarra was to late, who has not covered Manchester City defender.
That the first half completely pass under the sign of players of the current English champions,Manchester City, made sure in the 39th minute, Samir Nasri, who with a ground shoot outside the penalty area beat his club teammate, England goalkeeper Joe Hart.
The second half was not as substantial as the first. The French again were better, had more ball at their feets, but those real opportunities were missed.
Highlights : England 1-1 France
In the end, both teams acted like they are satisfied with the result. They kept their unbeaten series in official competition matches, for the French this was tenth such consecutive (six wins, the fourth tie), a ninth for the Englishmen (five wins, the fourth draw).
Altogether, French had a lot more chances, they showed a greater desire to win. They had accoording to the official UEFA’s statistics 61% possession, 15 shots on the goal (8 of them blocked), and England only one! France deserved here more the victory, but England, athough they did not shown a particularly offensive ambitions,managed in the end to win one point.
France: Lloris, Debuchy, Evra, Rami, Mexès, Cabaye (84. Ben Arfa), Ribéry, Nasri, Malouda (85. Martin), Diarra, Benzema
England: Hart, Johnson, Cole, Terry, Lescott, Gerrard, Young, Milner, Parker (78. Henderson), Oxlade-Chamberlain (77. Defoe), Welbeck (91. Walcott)