France don’t have a great history in World Cup playoffs. Les Bleus narrowly got past Ireland in 2009 courtesy of Thierry Henry’s infamous handball, while before that, back in 1993, France were beaten 2-1 by Bulgaria as they missed out on USA ’94.
So can the Ukrainians upset the French again on Friday? Well, the good news for the French is that the Ukraine have an even worse playoff record, having lost in their three previous attempts to qualify for the Mundial via these means.
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A black cloud currently hangs over the French team after Patrice Evra recently attacked members of the French media over their reporting of France’s 2010 World Cup debacle, yet, on paper, Didier Deschamps seem to have the upper hand.
In Hugo Lloris, Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba and Karim Benzema, France have one of the most enviable spines in world football. And then there is this year’s favorite for this year’s Ballon d’Or, Frank Ribery.
But breaking through the Ukraine defence may prove difficult in Kiev. The hosts come into the game off the back of an 11-game unbeaten streak, during which time they’ve won 9 times, scoring 32 goals and conceding just two in return.
With so much at stake in this playoff 1st leg, a low scoring game can be expected, and the 0-0 shouldn’t be ruled out.