Ukraine vs. France: 6 Things We Learned

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Ukraine vs. France: 6 Things We Learned
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Ukraine’s 2-0 win over France in the first leg of their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off puts Didier Deschamps’ side in an unenviable position going into next week’s return fixture.

Roman Zozulya and Andriy Yarmolenko’s goals have put the Yellow-Blues in the driving seat of the tie and Les Bleus will be asking some serious questions of themselves defensively and in attack.

Laurent Koscielny and Oleksandr Kuchev’s late red cards meant that both sides finished with 10 men.

Mykhaylo Fomenko’s side have one foot in Brazil thanks to their brilliant organisation, while France need to start scoring goals if they are to have any chance of salvaging a ticket to the party.

It was an insipid display from Deschamps’ side, typical of the performances before they stuck six goals past a poor Australia side and then three past Finland. The optimism that stemmed from those two results has now well and truly disappeared.

For Ukraine, though, it was a well-deserved victory and will fill them with confidence going into a challenging second leg.

Here are six things we learned from Ukraine’s 2-0 win over France.

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